October 16, 1924 - July 6, 2019
Rhoda Mae "Peg" Fletcher Frye, 94, was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Winchester, Va., to Holmes Loring Fletcher and Vallie Kump Fletcher. She graduated from John Handley High School in Winchester in 1943. After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the FBI during World War II. After the war, she returned to Winchester where she met Eldred Dalton "ED" Frye. Ed had recently returned from military service with the Army Air Corps in Guam, and was employed by the C&P Telephone Co. They were married on June 7, 1947, at Grace Brethren Church in Winchester. They were blessed with two sons, Gerald and Jack. In 1956, the family moved to South Orange, N.J., while Ed was on a work assignment in New York City with the telephone company. While there, Peg studied art and entertained many friends and family who visited. She enjoyed going to lunch and plays in New York City and visiting Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
In 1957, Ed was transferred to Richmond, Va., where they lived for over 30 years. They were active members of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church and Peg especially enjoyed volunteering with the Red Cross, driving children to doctor's appointments and visiting veterans in the hospital. She loved animals, including her boxer, Ladybug, and a menagerie of critters her boys brought home. When her children were in high school, she returned to work as a receptionist and bookkeeper for the Holiday Inn, Virginia Tractor Co. and Foley Electric Co. Favorite vacation spots were the Outer Banks of North Carolina and camping on the Shenandoah River.
After retirement, Peg and Ed moved to Florida in 1990, where they enjoyed playing tennis, bike riding and swimming. Peg loved to walk along the Florida beaches, collecting shells or polished glass, and watching for porpoises and pelicans. She joined a tennis team and the local art league. She resumed painting in oils, and later in watercolors, winning a number of awards. A talented artist, she held several art exhibits, and also loved to share her artwork with friends and family.
In 2008, Peg and Ed moved to Carriage Inn in Bryan, Texas. They moved to Arbor Oaks at Crestview in 2013. Peg enjoyed playing – and winning – almost any game, from Scrabble and Bingo to Dominoes and Rummikub. She made friends easily everywhere she lived, and as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, provided encouragement and support. Her joy of life and love for family and friends will be a lasting legacy.
She was preceded in death by her father, Holmes Loring Fletcher, her mother, Vallie Kump Fletcher, and her brother Russell Fletcher. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Eldred Dalton "ED" Frye, and her sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Janet Frye of College Station and Jack and Mary Frye of Richmond, Va. She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Fletcher Baker of Winchester, Va.; her brothers, Ralph Fletcher of Maryland; Roy Fletcher of Florida; and Roland Fletcher of Indiana. She leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Erica Frye and Jack Frye Jr. of Richmond, Va., Justin Frye and wife Jo Anne Frye of Campbell, Calif., and Jeremy Frye and fiancée Bethany Brunell of Austin, TX. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren that lit up her life: Maddison McCarthy, Cyrus Bache, Chloe Bache, Cameron Williams, Talon Frye and Jasper Frye.
In lieu of flowers, please send any remembrances to Hospice Brazos Valley, Crestview Methodist Retirement Center Foundation or the charity of your choice.