June Marie Dudding Fleming

November 24, 2023
June Marie Dudding Fleming

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In the late 1930’s a very young girl in Huntington, West Virginia heard the sound of a distant train whistle and thought about all of the places she could go on that train. After 87 years, 11 months and 3 days, that girl’s journey here on Earth ended, and a new one began. 

 

June was 9 when her mother died, and she was thrust into the role of family matriarch that she would fill until the night of November 24, 2023. While she and her younger siblings (Lowell, Wesley, Evelyn, Sue Nelle and Kenny) were split up, they shared the common bond of their tough upbringing that would survive the years. June saved any money she could to go to the Keith Albee Theater, where she was transported by cinema to different places and times. She never lost her passion for movies, Broadway shows and travel (always by train… or the QE2). 

 

Those passions paled in comparison to the love she had for her family. In her early teens, she fell in love with a skinny boy from the other side of the tracks, and for almost 60 years of marriage, George Fleming accompanied her on her journey. Together, they raised three children John (Marcie), Nancy (Dan) and Michael (Lynne) in homes that were filled with lots of friends, festive laughter, delicious, fattening foods and plenty of spirited debates. She was immensely proud and fiercely protective of her children, and they would provide her with exactly what she needed to play the part for which she had spent her life preparing… the role of Nana. Each of her grandchildren: Andrew (Morgan), Jake (Lauren), Christopher… er… Beaver (Gabrielle), Holly and John had their own song, their own 7th birthday trip to New York City and the boundless love of a woman for whom grandmothering was the ultimate contact sport. In her later years she was blessed with three great-grandchildren Camp, Rhett and Ollie. 

 

June will live on forever in the memories of those whom she loved so much. They will be compelled to perform a Can Can song and dance while making French Toast. They will spend 7 minutes explaining the proper way to cook Eggs Benedict to a waiter, running outside in bare feet when it snows, wearing a jingle bell every Christmas and watching all nine hours of the Oscars coverage… June’s Super Bowl. She loved large automobiles, the Partridge Family Christmas Album and Camp Le June, her beach house in Sandbridge. She hated airplanes, tunnels and the last four cell phones she owned. She lived an outstanding life, with the highs and lows of a Hollywood classic.

 

June still has one train trip left, with her family, back to Huntington, to be reunited with George. In lieu of flowers, please go see a movie, in a theater, all the way through the closing credits, with the largest tub of buttered popcorn you can find.

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  • January 25, 2024
    Lisa Overstreet says:
    Thank you for allowing us to provide care for your loved one. - Gentiva Hospice

  • November 30, 2023
    Jeff & Stef Kenton says:
    With much love, grace and peace, we send our deepest sympathies to you all. May “June Bug” always live on in your hearts, minds and souls..we sure appreciate the being of her soul that lives on with each of you. 🤍

  • November 30, 2023
    Morton & Susan Kenyon says:
    June Bug will be sorely missed. She was the always the life of the party. Her times at Sandbridge were wonderful especially Trivial Pursuit nights. She and George were wonderful together. I loved hearing about their trips on the QEII and family . June was a great reader, wonderful listener and good friend. A truly amazing person. At last, she and George will be together again. Bon voyage June.