Deloris Jean Letcher


February 7, 1940 - July 28, 2010





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.



Sunday, August 1, 2010
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zion Mennonite Church
Celebration of Life Service ~ 7:00 PM
Bridgewater, South Dakota


Monday, August 2, 2010
10:30 AM
Zion Mennonite Church
Bridgewater, South Dakoa


Bridgewater Cemetery
Bridgewater, South Dakota

entry posted by Margie Peters on 08-02-2010
You were greatly loved by many..You had a huge heart, and was soft spoken..You will be missed.... RIP
entry posted by Jeremy, Bethany, and Cash on 07-31-2010
You were 'mom' to so many... those are shoes that can never be filled. We will forever remember your smile and will see it again someday. Love you and miss you.
entry posted by RANDI JO on 07-30-2010
SO you mean the world to me and i miss you love you lot
entry posted by Tony Letcher on 07-30-2010
i always did love u and will 4 ever rest n pease u deserve it wish we had more time miss u and love uuuuuuuuuuuuu
entry posted by Todd Letcher on 07-30-2010
Were gonna really miss you mom,you ment the world to us. I wish I could give one last hug to tell you how much I LOVE YOU.
entry posted by Robbi on 07-30-2010
love and miss you, grandma!
entry posted by Terri Shape on 07-30-2010
entry posted by Bonnie (Huber) Schwiesow on 07-30-2010
Donald and fanily,
Sorry to hear of your loss. I'll never forget the first time I met Delores. Her accent really stuck in my mind and I loved it. She was a lovely lady. I am also glad that you took the time to stop and visit us on one of your trips. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Roger and Bonnie
entry posted by Cassidy, Gavin and Aubree on 07-30-2010
Rest in peace grandma, we are really going to miss you. Love you always!
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