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Lillie Mae Fletcher, Oct. 17, 1933 — Jan. 24, 2013, of Columbia

January 24, 2013 | 6:28 p.m. CST

Lillie Mae Fletcher, 79, of Columbia, MO passed away January 24, 2013, at University of Missouri Hospital.

She was born October 17, 1933 in Lyon County, KY to Henry and Helen (Scott) Downing.

She married William Howard Fletcher in Butler County, MO on June 11, 1956, and he preceded her in death in 1978.

Lillie loved her family, beloved pets and Jesus. She was a caregiver to all, was deeply loved, and will be greatly missed.

Lillie is survived by her children: Howard “Keith” Fletcher (Shirley) and Teresa Ellen (Fletcher) Ireland, both of Columbia, MO; her siblings: Carl Downing (Ann) of Birmingham, AL, and Carol Ann Lee (Jimmy) of Crofton, KY; grandchildren: Brian Trinidy Fletcher of Orange, CA, Brooke Michelle Fletcher of Columbia, MO, and Travis Austin Ireland (Marisa) of Round Rock, TX; great-grandchildren: Helena and Isaac William Ireland, both of Round Rock, TX, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her loving husband, Lillie was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurel Ann (Fletcher)Foster, four brothers: Cecil, Charles, Robert, and Scotty Downing, and her parents.

There will be a memorial service at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Memorial Funeral Home, with a visitation an hour prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to ASPCA, the Central Missouri Humane Society, or to Second Chance Animal Shelter.

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