|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1906|
|Death: ||Dec. 9, 2012|
JOE SIMNACHER The Dallas Morning News Staff Writer
Published: 14 December 2012 11:35 PM
Irene Uhl Fleming was born Sept. 3, 1906, in southern Dallas County on land her family had already worked for nearly half a century.
It was the year that Wilbur and Orville Wright were granted a patent for their flying machine, Roald Amundsen discovered the South Pole and San Francisco burned after the great earthquake.
Fleming, 106, died Sunday of pneumonia in Bellevue, Wash.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Wheatland United Methodist Church, 8000 S. Hampton Road in Dallas. She will be buried in Wheatland Cemetery, adjacent to the church.
Fleming lived independently until she was 100 and was still driving a car at 92, said her daughter, Jean Strasburger of Mercer Island, Wash.
"She really liked people and she organized them and she pulled them to her," Strasburger said. "She was a person who wanted people near her."
In 1981, Fleming moved to Washington state to be near family, but she maintained her Dallas roots. In 1986, she led a group to establish an endowment to keep open Wheatland United Methodist Church, which her family had been instrumental in founding.
Fleming was born in Wheatland, now part of Dallas, where her grandfather Samuel Uhl settled in 1858. She attended Wheatland schools until her senior year, when she transferred to Oak Cliff High School.
In 1923, she entered Texas Christian University, living in Fort Worth with an aunt. Fleming took a year off from her college studies to teach first, second and third grade in Renner.
She resumed her education with the aid of the Smith-Hughes Vocational Education Act and completed her studies in home economics at the University of Texas at Austin in 1929. The Smith-Hughes Act ensured Fleming she would have a job after graduation.
She taught in home economics in the Texas towns of Calvert and Olney before joining the faculty at Garland High School.
During her teaching years, Fleming took her first train ride — to the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair — where she had entered a sewing project.
Fleming met her husband to be, Everett B. Fleming — a fiddler in a dance band — while taking dancing lessons. Her marriage in August 1936 ended her teaching career. Texas did not allow married women to teach. Mr. Fleming died in 1977.
During World War II, she cared for her parents, Charles and Emma Uhl, who were in ill health.
In 1944, Irene and Everett Fleming purchased their first house, near Love Field.
In 1954, Irene Fleming began her career as an accounts payable clerk with Atlantic Richfield Co. in Dallas, which became Arco.
Her work included processing checks to pay for the trans-Alaska Pipeline, her family said.
Since moving to the Northwest, Fleming had been an active member of Mercer Island United Methodist Church.
In addition to her daughter, Fleming is survived by a sister, Laura Lee Bentley of Mediapolis, Iowa; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Charles South Uhl (1872 - 1945)
Emma Balch Uhl (1877 - 1974)
Everett B. Fleming (1905 - 1977)*
Alfred Wallace Uhl (1901 - 1992)*
Sam Uhl (1903 - 1909)*
Lyndon Uhl (1904 - 1909)*
Irene Uhl Fleming (1906 - 2012)
Clinton Uhl (1911 - 1912)*
Eleanor Uhl Godfrey (1913 - 2001)*
Charlotte Uhl (1914 - 1921)*
Miriam Uhl Lawrence (1919 - 2004)*
Created by: beckyt
Record added: Dec 15, 2012
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