Charlene
Charlene Fleming Born: March 13, 1931 Died: November 2, 2007 Birthplace: Wewoka, OK Resident of Manhattan Beach for 41 years and member of the American Martyrs Church Born in Oklahoma in 1931, Charlene was the second child of Catherine and Warren Phillips. The family moved to Corpus Christi, TX in the late 1930s to open a new law practice, and soon settled in Corpus Christi. As a teenager, Charlene was very engaging and popular, and was able to manage a very busy social calendar. Charlene and her mother Catherine would offer to drive all the teenagers all over the city. Her high school years were spent at the Catholic Girls School, Incarnate Word Academy (IWA), where she graduated in May 1949. After high school, Charlene met a handsome Navy Ensign in flight school from Scranton, PA, Larry Fleming. The couple was married at St. Patrick’s Church in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb. 3, 1951. The Navy offered the Fleming family the chance to live in Atlantic City, Memphis, Pensacola, Corpus Christi, Coronado/San Diego, Warminster/Philadelphia, and Manhattan Beach/El Segundo from 1952 to 1965. The Fleming family came to settle in Manhattan Beach, CA. Charlene graduated from Calif. St. University at Dominguez Hills with a BA in Sociology in 1977. One of her many hobbies included finding and restoring wooden antique chairs, tables and desks. She has always been involved at American Martyrs Church. In 1988, Charlene checked off another great milestone by traveling 6500 miles to Medugorje, which is in Bosnia/Herzegovina. The site is famous for sitings of the Mother Mary in 1981, where 6 teenagers were playing when the Mother Mary appeared and spoke to them. Charlene regularly visited family and friends, and was very generous. She was always willing to help 2, 3 or 4 legged friends. Her clarity was best demonstrated shortly before she passed away, saying ‘I will be alright; say your prayers’. Truly a wonderful and generous Mother, friend and person. Charlene is survived by her 3 children, and 3 grandchildren: Son Robert and wife Harriet, who live in Erie, CO; Son Michael, and wife Patrice and daughter Alexandra, who live in Tucson; AZ; and Daughter Regan and husband, Joey and two sons Dylan (who attends UCSB) and Nate, who live in Chico, CA. Robert, Michael and Regan all attended Mira Costa High School. A Mass and services for Charlene will be held Friday November 9, 2007 at 10am, at American Martyrs Church, 624 15th Street in Manhattan Beach. A reception will follow at American Martyrs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the following: Incarnate Word Academy, attn: Sister Brenda Thompson 2910 S Alameda St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404 - (361) 883-0857 American Martyrs Church, attn: Monsignor John Barry 624 15th Street, Man. Bch. CA 90266

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  1. I already miss you Charlene. I wish I could attend your service and be with your children. I love all of you so much, as each one of you have been a part of my life always. I know you will watch over all of us from heaven and keep us safe. I love you, jena (& Kyle & Travis, too!) xoxoxoxoxox

  2. Thank you for being like a second Mom to me and a Grandmother to Travis and Nick. We will never forget you. We send all of our love, Cyndi, Travis. and Nick

  3. Bob, Mike & Regan, We’re so sorry for your loss. Charlene was a wonderful person and would do anything for anyone at any time. A life well-lived is a precious gift of hope and grace from someone who has made our world a brighter, better place. A life well lived is a legacy of joy and pride and pleasure, a loving, lasting memory our grateful hearts will treasure forever. We love you Charlene.

  4. Dearest, Regan, Bob, Mike: Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all at this time. We will keep you in our prayers, we will all miss Charlene she was one in a million and we have always treasured her friendship and enjoyed the times we had together. Love to you all. In Christ, Stan and Rosie Kuk

  5. I’m among the many friends Charlene had…we were long-time classmates at IWA in Corpus Christi.I visited her in Manhattan Beach a couple of years ago…at that time she had the pet dog, Bubba. Since then I’ve used “Bubba” as an identifying word for some of my computer transactions. Thusly, I’ll keep my memories & love for Charlene constant. When my husband passed away in 1987, a friend came by and her first words to me were: “Judy remember: the Lord doesn’t make mistakes.” My love to all Charlene’s family…& daily prayers.

  6. Bob, Harriet and Family: So sorry for your loss, but I’m sure she’s in a better place. I will not forget the time we had together in Acapulco with your mom and the others. We had a great time together, playing by the pool, shopping, and eating those great meals! Did we ever eat out, I don’t think so; why would we when we had our own chef to cook for us. May she rest in peace………. DDJ

  7. Charlene was a great friend and classmate. She could always make me laugh and had such a sense of humor….I have known her since the 7th grade in IWA….and have visited her many times at her home on Vanderbilt in Corpus Christi.

  8. Charlene was a great friend and classmate. She could always make me laugh and had such a sense of humor….I have known her since the 7th grade in IWA….and have visited her many times at her home on Vanderbilt in Corpus Christi.

  9. My deepest sympathy to everybody in the Fleming Family. Your Mother was a wonderful Women and she loved you very much. She also was a good friend and neighbor of mine for many years and I will miss her telephone calls and e-mails. Thinking of you in your hour of sorrow. Love Maria

  10. Our love and condolence goes to all of you: Regan, Bob,Mike and your loved ones. Charlene was a wonderful person and she will always be remembered. Our prayers will continue for all you.

  11. I wanted you to know that I am thinking of Charlene and her children today, the day of her services. Your Mother was a very special person whom I always admired and enjoyed her sense of humor in which I shared many laughs at The Pickett home through the years.

  12. I’ll miss you Charlie! It was gift for my children and I to have had you in our lives. I know you will look out with your loving smile for all of us.

  13. I just met Charlene once when she came to Oklahoma and what I remember the most was how much fun she was and that we just enjoyed her visit so much. I’m glad that I was able to meet her and get to know a little something about her. She was a hoot! I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. God Bless, Sandi Paine.

  14. Charlene was such a blessing in our lives. She was a person of character, love, compassion, and was always there if you needed her. She will be missed but we also rejoice that she is now living with Jesus. I remember one time when she was up staying with us, she must have been sleeping in my room because one day I headed off to school and wondered why my pants were so baggy. I just couldn’t imagine. They were in my closet and it wasn’t something that my mom had. I got home from school that day and Charlene asked if those were her pants, and they were. We laughed so hard, I will never forget that. I was in high school at the time. Regan, I also remember when you were at our house with your volkswagon. You took me out to try to teach me how to drive a stick shift. I was only like 14. I think your mom and my parents thought we were nuts, but we had a great time. She will be missed. Our thoughts, prayers and love go to your whole family.

  15. Our thoughts, love and prayers were with you all today. Wish I could have come down and gotten mom, Linda (Christian) Landry to the service. I remember when I first met your family. We drove to Florida for a vacation and stayed with you. It was nice that mom and Charlene both ended up in California and we have been able to visit every year for the last few years. Charlene was so much fun and I loved to listen to all their stories. Blessings

  16. Charlene is such a sweet, loving soul. No matter the circumstances or the pain she was in, she never lost her sense of humor and her zest for life. My deepest condolences to her whole family–including all the grandkids. I can just picture Charlene up in heaven laughing and reminiscing with all the departed Sisters of Incarnate Word Academy who taught her when she was a beautiful, feisty young woman growing up by the sea in Corpus Christi, Texas. Charlene, I will miss you, but your fun, loving, generous, and kind spirit lives on. Peace to you, girlfriend! Cheri Ward Roman Corpus Christi, Texas

  17. I will miss you Mrs. Fleming and wished we could have been in touch more following my high school years. I will never forget those years though and will keep them in my heart forever. You were always kind to me. Rest In Peace, Paul

  18. I send my love and prayers to Charlene’s family. She was the graduating member of IWA in 1949. Have enjoyed many years of friendship since 1949. Will miss her dearly. I’m sending a memorial gift to IWA.

  19. Charlene’s in my prayers & my Mass this weekend. I was a neighbor (backdoor-to-backdoor) to Charlene, Jack, & their mother Catherine. Charlene gave me all her LPs before she was married.I always enjoyed the conversations we had when I was gardening in the backyard of my home.She was a wonderful person. Gene.

  20. Charline was a wonderful friend and my classmate. Sorry for your loss. -Mary Lou Elizaldi, Class of 1949

  21. Mike, Bob, and Regan: I was so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. As I thought about your mother I was flooded with so many memories. Your family has had a big place in my life. I was talking with a friend the other day, and I told him that I had two phone numbers etched in my memory from childhood. They are my grandparents and 372-5904. They say that it takes a village to raise a child, and your mother and my many conversations with her had a part in my raising. Please know that you are all in my prayers, and I hope to visit with each of you in the days ahead. Your friend, John Avrea

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