March 13, 1931 ~ November 2, 2007
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. Patrickâ€™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 â€˜I will be alright; say your prayersâ€™. 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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