Elaine Loretto Fleming
1925 - 2006
Elaine Loretto Fleming was born July 7, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts and died peacefully on May 22nd after a brief illness. After growing up in Newton, Elaine got a degree in Journalism from Boston College, and took her first assignment in Shafter, California.
After marrying and starting a family, she and her family moved to Renton, Washington to work for the Record Chronicle as the Society Editor. While in Renton she was instrumental in organizing the League of Women Voters and participated in various other civic activities. With Elaine's outgoing and gung-ho personality, she was instrumental in setting up the family business, Fleming Photography, and had her own printing business from her home and in West Seattle.
She loved to pack up the family and go to Friday Harbor where she bought the Old Johnson Farm. Most of the family's vacation time was spent visiting and working on the farm. After raising her 5 children, Elaine moved to LaConner to buy the Puget Sound Mail, the oldest continuously published weekly newspaper in the state. She lived for many years in LaConner, then settled on her beloved farm on San Juan Island.
In the early years in Friday Harbor, she had an art supply shop, and she was always a tireless worker for the Democratic Party in Friday Harbor. She has also been a loyal parishioner at St. Francis Church where she sang in the choir for years. Being a history buff, she loved to discuss U.S. history and was sharp and ready to engage in a debate right up until the time she died. In her later years, Elaine was a reading buddy to elementary school children, played bridge at the Senior Center, and attended lectures at the library. All of Elaine's many friends and her family will miss this bright, fun lady, and life will be very different without her.
Surviving are her sister, Betty Floyd of Jacksonville, Florida, her daughters Joan Fleming, Woodinville, Ruth Fleming, Friday Harbor, Barbara Fleming, Durango, Colorado, and Jack Fleming, Phillipines. Also, are 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her daughter Paula.
A Rosary will be said for Elaine on May 31st at 7:00pm at St. Francis Catholic Church in Friday Harbor, and a Memorial Mass on June 1st at 11:15am, with a potluck luncheon to celebrate her life at the Grange afterwards. Please bring your favorite Elaine story. For information please call Ruth 378-5462 or Barbara 378-2541.