Barbara G Fleming
1924 - 2020
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Barbara Gooden Fleming, 96, passed away at Good Shepherd Village at Endwell, NY on Thursday, December 24, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry M. and Mary M. Gooden, her devoted husband, Richard Peter Fleming, and their daughter, Jan Fleming. She is survived by her son Pete (Lucy) Fleming and daughter Ellen (Bob) Louthan. She is also survived by her grandchildren Rich (Jennifer Takesaka) Fleming, Kate (Matt Breece) Fleming, Patrick (Joslyn) Fleming, Rob Louthan, and Barbara Louthan, and great-grandchildren Muriel and Ryan Fleming, and Henry Takesaka Fleming. Barbara grew up in Forest Hills, NY, graduating from Richmond Hill High School. It was there that she developed a love of tennis. (After her playing days ended, rooting for her all-time favorite Roger Federer gave her years of enjoyment.) It was also there that she met her beloved husband of 56 years, Richard (Dick) Fleming, marrying in 1944 and raising three wonderful children. In 1959, they moved to Baton Rouge, LA where they lived for over fifty years, raising their family and establishing a wonderful social network of close friends, traveling, and enjoying a vacation condo at Perdido Key, FL. Barbara was a loving wife and mother, delighting her family with her love of life, sense of humor, and readiness to engage in games of all kinds. She was an avid bridge player; however, her children's lack of enthusiasm was a great source of disappointment. She loved board games (a tenacious Candy Land player) and parlor games like Charades--her acting out of "Birth of a Nation" will long remain in family lore. Later in life, she took up water color painting and demonstrated a real talent, resulting in friendly competition among her family to get a "B Fleming" to hang on their wall. After Dick's death in 2000, Barbara lived in Baton Rouge with her beloved Schnauzer, Molly, for ten more years before moving to Good Shepherd Village, a continuing care retirement community in Endwell NY. (It tickled her that she ended up in "Endwell!") She enjoyed her years there until she was overtaken by failing health. Her family wishes to thank the entire staff at Good Shepherd Village, and in particular, the nurses, aides, and therapists at the Skilled Nursing Facility. Their compassionate care and consideration, including facilitating her son to be at her side as she passed, despite COVID restrictions, was truly extraordinary. No funeral services are planned and a family-only celebration of Barbara's life will be held after the pandemic subsides. If anyone wishes to make a donation in Barbara G. Fleming's memory, contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Communities Foundation, 32 Village Drive, Endwell, NY 13760 ( communities-foundation/).

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January 11, 2021
I met Mrs. Fleming at a dental office I used to work at. I will always remember her in her "periwinkle" pant suit. What a beautiful lady...My condolences to Pete and Lucy.
Cris Broderick
Cris Broderick
January 10, 2021
Dear Ellen and Family and Pete and Family, I was so sad to hear about your Mom. She was always one of my favorite people and almost my "step mom". She was so great to my Dad and I loved getting so close to her before she left Baton Rouge. I still think about all the fun times we had at your Broadmoor home and Florida vacation houses. She loved playing her games, hence "Ronda Rules". Thanks for sharing her with me and my family...a beautiful, witty lady!
Nancy Stratmann
January 10, 2021
Dear Pete - I was sad to learn about your sweet mom's passing. She and your dad were such good neighbors to my parents and to me. And I believe that she was the last living survivor of the infamous Supper Club. They had so much fun! You were lucky to have been blessed with both of them. Ruth Bass
Ruth Bass
January 9, 2021
Dear Pete and Lucy,
We are so sorry to hear about your mom. It is with very fond memories of her and the excellent way Pete and Lucy
helped her to visit us at Parkway Dental Practice for many years. She was truly a beautiful lady and we always enjoyed her visits there. We hope and pray that you know how special she ( and you all ) are still to us. Thank you for letting us into your lives.
Take care and may the memories of your wonderful mother help you through the difficult days ahead.
Much love and sympathy;
Brenda C. from Dr. Callaghan's Parkway Dental Practice.
Brenda Carter
January 8, 2021
Pete and Lucy,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom in these difficult times. Thinking and praying for you. Colleen Brown
Colleen Brown
January 8, 2021
I am indeed saddened to hear of the loss of my loving godmother. she was so special and lovely... a true lady. she and my mother were great friends. I am extremely sorry for your loss as she was so gentle and kind. glad you were able to be with her in her last hours. she will meet up with your dad for sure. blessing to your family
nan schiller
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