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Delois â€śDudeâ€ť Clemons, 86, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Kelly Clemons, passed away at 6:28 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at her residence. Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Clemons was born in Glomar, Ky. Aug. 20, 1927, a daughter of Matt and Flossie (Kincaid) Fletcher. She spent her early years in Kentucky and moved to Churubusco with her parents in 1942.
On July 6, 1946, she was married to Kelly Clemons, and lived most of her adult life in Churubusco.
Employed at United Technology (Essex) in Columbia City, she retired from there in 1994 after 19 years. She was a member of the Churubusco Veteranâ€™s of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 3846.
Mr. Clemons preceded her in death in 1965.
Surviving relatives include her daughter, Sheryl (Tom) Dawson of Albion; three step-sons, David (Dawna) Gatwood of Churubusco, John (Wendy) Gatwood of Fort Wayne and Mark Gatwood of Churubusco; a sister, Virginia Bulmer of Churubusco; a brother, Billy Vernon (Chris) Fletcher of Danville, Ill.; three grandchildren, Abby (Dave) Caswell of Plymouth, Clint Davis of Churubusco, and Reece Partin of Albion; five step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and six step-great-grandchildren. .
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jasper â€śPeteâ€ť Fletcher and Jesse Fletcher; and by two sisters, Lillian Fletcher and Elizabeth Fletcher.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastors Rick Van Horn and George Gatwood, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Humane Society of Whitley County or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
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