Josie Irene Fleming, age 82, Cabool, Mo., formerly of Joplin, passed away on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at home surrounded by family.
Josie was born May 27, 1929, in Wichita, Kan., daughter of the late Claude Edwards and Lucille Busick Edwards. She retired from Webb City Country Care as the dietary manager working with the Alzheimer's Unit.
In addition to her parents, Josie was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Fleming who she married July 14, 1955, he died May 7, 2008. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack; and a sister, Jeannie.
Survivors include a sister, Judy Lawrence, of Seneca, Mo.; 11 children; 27 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow in Saginaw Cemetery with Billy Fleming, Jeff Fleming, Brian Fleming, Beau Fleming, Austin Fleming, Mike Dudley and Logan Bohrer serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m.
11 children, Danny Dudley, Becky Dover, Linda Paxson, James Fleming, Billy Fleming, Tina Biard, Jeff Fleming, David Fleming, Patty Scott, Brian Fleming, and Tammy Fleming; 27 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.
One of Josie's daughters, Becky, had worked for me at my beauty shop in Joplin... named Designs of Distinction. One year, Becky & I went together on Memorial Day (I believe my mother was recouperating from hip surgery). Becky had said her grandmother was buried in Saginaw Cemetery. We drove from Stella, to Seneca, to Tiff City and back toward Joplin to Saginaw and to Forest Park Cemetery. Becky's grandmother was buried a few graves from my grandmother's family members. Then to find out that when looking at our family trees, they mingled together through the Busicks and Hamptons. ~~ Sarah Capps