Elvie Louise Fleming

Jan 12, 1926 - Sep 28, 2013


Elvie Louise Fleming was born January 12, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan.  She graduated from Mackenzie High School in June 1943.  In 1942 while attending summer school so that she could graduate early to begin pre-med studies, she met Robert Fleming.  Instead of entering college they left for Nebraska where Robert was stationed in the US Air Force and married. 

Their first son, Robert was born and over the next 8 years she had 3 more sons.  In 1953 the family moved to the Walnut Creek area in California.  Here she taught Sunday school and attended P.T.A. meetings and began toying with the idea of teaching.  They moved to Sacramento where Elvie attended and graduated from Sacramento State College on the Dean’s List.  In February 1961 she started teaching first grade at Dewey Elementary School.  Elvie and her husband were licensed foster parents.  They loved participating in the upbringing of several foster children over several years.  They were also a host family for a home-stay cultural exchange program which included hosting Denmark and Japanese students. 

In 1982, after 20 years of service with San Juan School District, Elvie retired to open her own pre-school through 3rd grade Bright Horizon School located in Orangevale  Over the next 24 years hundreds of Bright Horizon students went on to become successful contributors to society.  It was not unusual for Elvie to open Christmas greetings from former graduates with families of their own.  She loved hearing from her students and they loved reminiscing of the unending pool and holiday parties at Mrs. Fleming’s home.

Elvie is preceded in death by her husband Robert, sons Richard and Peter, sister Janet and brothers Bill and Warren.  She leaves behind sons Bob (Evis), Jim (Gloria), granddaughters Angella (Brad), and Ashley, grandson Jesse (Jaime) and great grandchildren Britney, Robert, Adona and Audrey.

The family would like to express heartfelt appreciation for the loving compassionate care given to Elvie by her devoted caregiver, Meleane Taukolo.  As her constant companion and provider, Meleane has been a blessing we are truly grateful to have had.

Visitation Friday, Oct.4th, 4 to 8 PM at the East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sac., and the funeral services will Saturday at 10:00 AM at the East Lawn Mortuary Chapel. Remembrances can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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