Josephine Florence Brunk Moore Fletcher


(May 6, 2001)

Josephine Florence Brunk Moore Fletcher died May 6 in Thermopolis. She was 89.

Services will be held May 10 at 11 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Powell, Don Peel officiating. Burial and graveside services will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Viewing will be at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. May 9.

Josephine was born July 7, 1911 in Fowler, Colo., the fifth of 10 children born to Joseph and Edna (Hine) Brunk, coming to the Emblem Bench with her parents in 1915.

She attended public schools in the Emblem Bench area and in Worland. In 1925 she was baptised in the Manderson Baptist Church and was a member of the Powell Southern Baptist Church at her death.

On June 13, 1928 she married Frank Elsworth Moore in Thermopolis. Their first married years were spent on a ranch on Gooseberry Creek, where their three children, Elaine, Donna Lee and Patricia were born.

Later they farmed in the Thermopolis and Worland areas, moving to Powell in 1945, where Mr. Moore died in 1964.

Josephine married Wallace R. Fletcher in Powell May 27, 1967, moving to Milton-Freewater, Ore., and later to Issaquah, Wash., where Mr. Fletcher died in 1986. Josephine returned to Powell in 1992, where she lived until 1967, when she moved to the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis and in 1999 to the Canyon Hills Manor, where she lived until her death.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Grace Stigen of Maple Valley, Wash., seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, step-daughter Karen Curd of Sparta, N.J., stepsons Robert Fletcher of Las Vegas, Nev., Jerry Fletcher of Morgantown, W.Va., and Gary Fletcher of Sumner, Wash., and a host of nephews, nieces and many friends.

Her husbands, daughters Elaine Rankine Schweighart and Donna Lee Farris, granddaughter Janet Carol Rankine and grandson Mitchell Franklin Farris preceded her in death.

Pallbearers will be Marc Farris, Dale Fletcher, Gene Moore, Colen Pierson, Duane Rankine and David Morales with alternates Dick Heron and Ron Sump.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one's favorite charity.