Mary Pearl Fleming, 82, of St. George passed away on July 1, 2020 at Stormont Vail Hospital. She was a long-time member of the community.
She was born in rural Lyon County on June 13, 1938 to Paul and Vivian Sommer. She spent her formative years in a one room school house and went on to graduate from Alma High School in the Spring of 1956.
She met the love of her life, Virlin Lee Fleming, while on a stroll with a friend in downtown Alma. She would often reminisce about watching him drive by and later climb into his car to personally guide him to Lake Wabaunsee. It was from that moment on that they became inseparable and would eventually marry on May 26, 1956. They spent the next 59 years together until his death on December 11, 2015. Mary and Lee would go on to have four children. She was a homemaker and farmer. She spent numerous hours milking cows, feeding hogs, and caring for bucket calves. She would assist in the maintenance of a yearly vegetable garden and reap the benefits of it by canning various goods. She was an excellent cook and made the best fried chicken, mushrooms, and homemade ice cream.
She loved animals. It did not matter whether it was big or small, furry or winged as she would make sure they were taken care of. She did not discriminate and no animal went hungry if it crossed her path. She especially loved her dog, Sawyer, who was her companion up until the time of her passing. Aside from her love for her family, animals, and life in general, she had an affinity for chocolate and ice cream. Not a day would go by that she did not have either. She even went so far as to have a stash of candy in her overnight bag for recovery purposes while in the hospital.
She is survived by her children; Denise Torrey (Dudley), St. George, Kevin Fleming of St. George, Vicki Westgate (Scott) of Kansas City, KS, and Colleen Lubbers (Jason) of St. George as well as grandchildren Caleb Torrey (Natalie), Jess Torrey (Jennifer), Megan Todd (Jared), Derrick Fleming (Stacie), Brandon Fleming (Jennifer), Zach Fleming (Samantha), Waylon Fleming (Rhiannon), Clayton Westgate (Nicole), Kelsey Girvin (John), and Wyatt Lubbers. Great-grandchildren are Avery, Clarissa, Vivian, Ruby, Tristyn, Aidan, Maddox, Marcello, Isabel, Tucker, Hallie, Caitlyn, Chloe, Conway, Cole, Wyatt, Jacob, Preston, Lake, Finn, and Hunter. A brother, Dave Sommer (JoAnn) of Osceola, Missouri; and sister-in-law, Barb Sommer of Council Grove. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Sommer.
The family will greet friends for a Celebration of Life from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm, Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. A time of remembrance will be held at 3:00 pm. Jennifer Woods will be the Celebrant. She will lie-in-state prior to the visitation beginning at 12:00 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Purple Power Animal Welfare Society and Rescue Connections and may be sent in care of the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at .