Lela Mae (Lee) Mathis Fancher, 89, passed away on November 17, 2018 at the Circle of Life Hospice Home in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born on July 11, 1929 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas to Tom and Helen Belt Mathis. She graduated from Eureka Springs in 1947 and married the love of her life, Jim Fancher, the next year. They lived in Springfield, Missouri for five years before moving back to Carr Lane, Missouri. She moved to Rogers in 1988 and worked for several years at Hancock Fabric. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Rogers. She loved gardening, sewing and enjoying family time with her children and grandchildren. She was a talented quilter and worked as a professional seamstress for several years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jim; two brothers, Charles and Don Mathis and son-in-law Gerald Pettigrew. She is survived by her children, Kathy Pettigrew of Rogers, Arkansas, Daniel and RaDonna Fancher of Cassville, Missouri, Tom Fancher of Woodland, California, Kristy Fancher of Rogers, Arkansas and Chad and Lisa Fancher of Bella Vista, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Ryan and Meredith Pettigrew of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Devin Pettigrew of Lafayette, Colorado, Amy Fancher Smith of Centerton, Arkansas, Andrew and Jennifer Fancher of Gillette, Wyoming, Shane Fancher of Woodland, California and Gunner Fancher and Colt Fancher both of Bella Vista, Arkansas; six great grandchildren and many lifelong friends.
Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville, Missouri. Pastor James Weaver will conduct the services. Burial will be at McGuire Cemetery in Viola, Missouri.
Contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Arkansas in memory of Lela.
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