Deloris Jean Letcher was born February 7, 1940 at Portsmouth, OH to Paige and Hester (Shope) Koch. She grew up and attended school in Portsmouth. On July 14, 1961 she married Donald Letcher. They moved to Pensacola, FL in 1963 and then in August 1966 they moved to Freeman, SD. In 1974 they moved to a farm east of Emery and lived there until moving to Bridgewater in 1991. Deloris worked as a nurse’s aide and in physical therapy at the Freeman Hospital and the Diamond Care Center. She also worked at M&M Furs in Bridgewater. Due to failing health she had to retire in 2001. She had a passion to help anyone in need and was always ready to open their home to anyone that needed a place to stay. She enjoyed crocheting, word search puzzles, making mints for celebrations and was known for making the best open jar pickles and corn cob jelly. She was an avid fan of Nascar, wrestling, soap operas and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and their families.
She is survived by her husband, Donald; her five children: Terri Shape and husband, Jamie of Bridgewater, Tony Letcher of Mitchell, Angie Canavan and husband, John of Bridgewater, Todd Letcher and wife, Jill of Bridgewater and April Letcher of Monroe; ten grandchildren: Jeremy (Bethany) Lehrman of Madison, Cassidy (Will) Lehrman, Jerico Shape, Duel Shape, Randi Jo Letcher, Robbi Letcher, Rafe Letcher, Natasha Letcher, Rebecca Letcher and Keesha Letcher all of Bridgewater, three great-grandchildren: Cash Melroe Lehrman, Gavin Scott Freeman and Aubree Kay Freeman, and anxiously awaiting the birth of a great-granddaughter in late August and a great-granddaughter in early October, one brother, Dave (Myra) Weaver of Dayton, OH and one sister, Lenora Webb of Lucasville, OH.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Herb.