Verna Shepard Fleming, 101, first secretary of the Wilmington Azalea Festival

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Verna Shepard Fleming
Verna Shepard Fleming

WILMINGTON — Mrs. Verna Shepard Fleming of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Wilmington, N.C., died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at the age of 101.

She was born June 7, 1915, in Dixon, N.C. She was the oldest daughter of the late Julia Rawls Shepard.

Her husband of over 56 years, Jack Fleming, survives.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Hilda Edens, Louisa Lanier and Virginia Wheeler, all of Wilmington; two nieces, Ginny Parmenter and Betty Edens Harker; and two nephews, Charles Edens and Phillip Edens.

She formed a very special bond with her nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much. The following will fondly remember her with love and good memories: Hilda Jo Edens, Marsha and Tim Caulder, Harvey and Kathy Wheeler, Mike Wheeler Richard and Ginny Wheeler, Bill and Paula Lanier, David Lanier, Jim Parmenter and Wanda Edens.

Mrs. Fleming attended Miller Motte and was the first secretary of the Wilmington Azalea Festival under Hugh Morton. She worked at Howard Wells and Son Insurance Co. and Andrews Mortuary, and remained friends with Mr. Dick Andrews through the years. After marriage to Jack Fleming, she moved to Washington, D.C., working in the Dept. of the Navy. They lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, before retiring to Jacksonville, Fla. Verna enjoyed visiting her family and said many times that “Family is the most important part of one’s life.”

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Her niece, Hilda Jo Eden’s, son will officiate. A reception will follow at 2408 Churchhill Drive.

Donations made to your favorite charity will be appreciated.