"And the customers . . . they would come in with whole cakes, homemade candy and fruit all the time," she said. "And some of them still remembered me after I was done working there."
Fletcher said the Diamond Department Store employees were akin to family for her.
"I went to work in the later part of 1965 as a gift-wrapper," she said. "I just went and saw an ad in the paper. I put an application in and got on part-time. I worked there and finished raising my kids - five daughters."
She said they held dinners and if a member of somebody's family passed away, the employees would slip around and take up donations for a bouquet of flowers and sympathy card.
"It was special," she said.
The Diamond was started in 1906 when W.B. Geary opened the Diamond Shoe Store at 25 Capitol St. Six years later, he added ready to wear, changed the name to the Diamond Shoe and Garment Co. and moved to 215 Capitol St. Geary continued to expand and included terrazzo floors, black walnut fixtures, elevators and escalators.
In 1956, Associated Dry Goods bought the business, and it was sold in March 1983. The store closed in May, while other places, like the Charleston Town Center shopping mall opened nearby.
The former Diamond building now houses state offices in the structure on Capitol and Washington streets.
Fletcher said in the beginning, the reunions churned out nearly 200 people, but the numbers have dwindled, and she's disappointed that it's coming to an end.
"Everybody pitches in $5 to help pay rent for the shelter, and I have everyone's number," she said. "I still send cards to some of them."
"Everybody is sad to see it go. We were one big, happy family," she said.
The Diamond Department Store reunion will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Rand Community Center on Church Drive in Rand. For more information, contact Danny Porter - who was Fletcher's former boss in shipping - at 304-925-7401.
Fletcher asks that those who plan on joining to please bring a covered dish or another food contribution.