Laquiata Joy Brewer Fletcher was born in Iraan, Texas to Autra "Bill" and Lavada Brewer, on October 26, 1932. When she was small she lived in Sheffield and San Angelo before moving to Monahans in 1941. She met her future husband, Raymond Fletcher, Jr. in the sixth grade when he moved to town. He went home his first day in the new school and told his mother that he had met the girl he was going to marry. They started dating in High School. They graduated in 1949 and later that year, his prediction came true when they married on November 26, 1949. They had three children, Raymond "Butch/Doc" the third, William "Billy", and Pamela.
Joy started working at the First National Bank in Monahans when she was 17 years old. When the Fletcher moved to Hereford in 1957, she worked at the First National Bank there until they moved back to Monahans in 1959. She rejoined the bank in Monahans and stayed there until her retirement in 2008. During that time, she also worked with the Easter Fund from 1961-1977, the Cancer Fund from 1961-2006, The Heart Association from 1961-2000, The Salvation Army from 1961-2013, the Business and Professional Women's Club, Relay for Life, the Sands Art Associations, the Sandhills State Park Committee, and the Committee to upgrade the schools. She also was active in the Chamber of Commerce, being the only person to give the outgoing President's speech and the incoming President's speech at the same banquet. She was an Ambassador and a member of the Women's Division of the Chamber of Commerce. She won the Merit Award and was awarded the Citizen of the year award from the Chamber. When Tejas Bank started up, Joy went back to work for another two and a half years. She retired again in 2012 at the age of 79 and a half.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church since her family moved to Monahans. She and Raymond worked with high school kids on Sunday nights for many years. They ran an open house at their home so when parents called, it was not, "Is my child there?", it was "Send my child home." She also worked on many committees at the First Baptist Church.
Joy started painting while Pamela was in college. She tried all of the mediums: China painting, Tole painting, watercolors, pastels, and clay. She is best known for her oil paintings; one is on display in the parlor at the Community Center. She also loved picnics, watching the ducks at Lobo Lake or Perch Pond, and riding around in the rain. She was known as the "Blue Bonnet Lady."
She is preceded in death by her parents Autra "Bill" and Lavada Brewer, her husband, Raymond Fletcher, Jr., and one son, William "Billy" Fletcher.
She is survived by her son Raymond "Doc" and Nancy Fletcher of Haslet, Texas, one daughter Pamela of Monahans, Texas, grandchildren Shelby Fletcher of Arlington, Texas, Jason Perkins and wife Tracy Keenan- Perkins of Fort Worth, Texas, and a small number of cousins.
A celebration of Life for Joy will be held at First Baptist Church, 11:00 AM Friday, September 30, 2016. Memorials may be directed to the Rainbow Room in Joy's name, or Food 2 Kids program both are through the Chamber of Commerce 401 S. Dwight Monahans, Texas 79756.