Obituary: LADY HELEN FLETCHER Submitted by Jean Fletcher. 3 November, 2008
This is copied from Helen Fletcher?s obituary in the East Hampton Star. She passed on Dec.26, 1984.
Lady Helen Muir Fletcher, an artist who lived for many years with her husband, Sir Angus Fletcher,
a British diplomat, on Fireplace Road in Springs, died Dec 26 at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. She
was 95, and had moved to Redding, Conn., in 1976 to live with one of her sons, Donald S. Fletcher.
Lady Fletcher and her husband bought the Parsons homestead on Fireplace Road and Hog Creek Lame
in 1932, when cattle roamed the area and what few house yards there were had to be fenced to keep
them out. They restored the long-empty house and rebuilt the partly collapsed barn, turning it into an
unusual cypress-paneled cottage. Through the 1930s and ?40s the Fletchers retreated from the stresses
of Sir Angus?s diplomatic duty to spend time with their many friends in Springs. They moved there
permanently when Sir Angus retired. He died in 1960.
Lady Fletcher sold the house in 1966 to John and Perdita Schaffner and moved to Manhattan to pursue
her interest in painting. While in her 70s, she studied at the Art Students League with Edwin Dickinson,
Julian Levy, and Bruce Dorfman. Her work was exhibited at the Barbizon Gallery in Manhattan and the
Eve Dawson Gallery in Chester, Vt.
The former Helen Muir Stewart, Lady Fletcher was born to Archibald and Elizabeth Brown Stewart at
Achallader, Argylshire, in the western Highlands of Scotland, where the Stewarts farmed and at one time
had as many as 30,000 sheep. Her first language was Gaelic, and she attended John Watson?s College
as well as the Edinburgh School of Art, where she studied under William Wall, official artist of theEdinburgh
Zoo. She came to the United States in 1920, after her marriage.
In addition to her son Donald, two other sons, Peter S. Fletcher of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Angus S. Fletcher
of Manhattan, survive, as do five grandchildren.
A service for Lady Fletcher was held Dec. 29 at Christ Church in Redding. Her ashes will be buried at
Dalmally Churchyard, near Achallader, Scotland.
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