Diane Louise Fletcher, 67, of Brighton, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 28,
2021 at the Methodist Hospice Residence, Memphis. Diane lived a full and rich life dedicated to
her faith, family and friends, and her calling as a Registered Nurse.
Upon graduating from Indiana University in May 1976, Diane worked in a variety of
civilian hospitals and held numerous staff and leadership positions in Navy medical units
throughout the United States. Following her husband’s transfer to Naval Support Activity Mid-
South in 1998, Diane, a Certified Emergency Nurse, worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital-
Tipton and continued to work there until her passing. She also served for several years as a
nursing instructor at Dyersburg State Community College’s Covington campus. Recalled to
temporary active duty in 1991, in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Diane retired
from the Navy at the rank of Captain in 2013, after honorably serving her country for more than 31-
Diane enjoyed spending time with friends and family, spoiling her two grandsons,
watching movies, sewing and needle crafts, cooking and planning road trips to see unique and
unusual sites. A life-long Episcopalian, she also enjoyed teaching children’s Sunday school and
teaching the children how to play handbells at both Immanuel Episcopal Church, Ripley and St.
Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Covington.
Diane leaves behind her husband of 39-years Richard J. Fletcher, Jr., of Brighton; a
daughter Andrea (Shelly) Dawn Fletcher of Knoxville; and a son Richard (Liza) J. Fletcher, III
and their two sons, Richard J. Fletcher, IV and Harry Wellford Fletcher of Memphis; a sister
Laura (Mike) Rosato of Rochester, NY; a brother, Patrick Bruneni; and friends and students too
numerous to count. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph E. Bruneni; and Betty
(Owens) and Edward Murphy.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 17 at Salem ARP
Cemetery, Atoka. All those who loved Diane are invited to attend. A gathering to celebrate
Diane’s life will be held at a later date. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be
made to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation; Immanuel Episcopal Church, Ripley; or Church
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