RIFLE, Colo. -- Frances Fleming passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at the E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle, Colo., near the home of her daughter. Mrs. Fleming was 95.
Frances Marian Eckert was born in Bloomville, Nov. 25, 1916, the daughter of Harry Lamont Eckert and Mary Nellie Grant. She lived most of her life in Delhi.
Mrs. Fleming was a graduate of Delaware Academy in Delhi and also the Oneonta Normal School. She later returned to SUNY Oneonta as an adult student and completed the requirements to be a certified elementary teacher. She taught first grade at the Treadwell School for approximately 20 years.
On May 29, 1941, Frances married Donald Fleming at the Presbyterian Church in Hamden.
They had four children who survive, Donald Jr. (and Bonnie) of Delhi, Robert of Miami Beach, Fla., and Provincetown, Mass., James (and Linda) of Coral Springs, Fla. and Fort White, Fla., and Marjorie of Rifle, Colo. In addition, Mrs. Fleming is survived by her grandchildren, Lee Fleming, Wesley Fleming, Wendy Day, Paul Eckert and Danielle Fleming. Seven great-grandchildren also survive, Blake and Brianna Fleming, Brannon and Brad Fellows, Rachel Ward and Lacey and Adelynn Eckert.
Mrs. Fleming was predeceased by her husband, Donald and a grandson, Eric Fleming, both in 2002.
Fran was well-known for her artistic talents. She was an accomplished folk artist and member of The Historical Society of Early American Decoration. She was also an expert seamstress and quilter. At one time she was an active member of the quilting guild in Delhi. Mrs. Fleming was also a member of the Treadwell Community Improvement Society and enjoyed contributing floral arrangements for their various activities. In addition, the Delaware County Historical Society and her church, the United Ministry in Delhi, were very important to her.
Most importantly, Mrs. Fleming had a very positive influence on her family, the children she taught and those who knew her through her many interests. Rarely one to complain, she had a genuinely kind, caring and friendly manner with everyone and a warm, generous heart.
A memorial service will be held in Delhi at a later date.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the United Ministry Church in Delhi or the Delaware County Historical Society.