Margery Ann Fleming
Margery Ann Fleming, 72, State College, died Saturday at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late Dr. Benjamin S. and Virginia E. (McBride) Gillespie. She married Glenn Fleming on June 9, 1962, in Pittsburgh.
Surviving are her husband; two children: Stephen C. and wife, Laura Collado, of State College and Rebecca L. of Evergreen, Colo.; four grandchildren: Sofia, Patricio and Nicolas of State College and Alyssa of Evergreen; and two siblings: John B. Gillespie and Mary Suzanne Gillespie, both of Pittsburgh.
Margery was a 1959 graduate of Edgewood High School, where she was a classmate of her husband, Glenn. She initially attended Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, and resumed her university education in 1986 at Penn State University, from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in business legal environment in 1992.
In State College, she worked as a teacher’s aide at the Easterly Parkway Elementary School, as a secretary for the Corl Street Elementary School, and for a time as the manager of the Snap Dragons Floral and Gift Shop. She became associated with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in the festival’s early years, serving as the chairperson of the Banner Competition and as its office manager in the 1970s and early 1980s. During her years at the festival, many came to know Margery affectionately as the “T-shirt Lady” for her promotion of the festival T-shirts.
Perhaps most important to Margery was her activity in the Episcopal Church. She became an active member first of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hollidaysburg in 1962 and then of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in State College from 1973 through the rest of her life. At St. Andrew’s, she served as a youth group leader and vestry member and on the church’s altar guild. She completed the training as a Stephen Minister in 2001, a program for Christ-centered care to hurting people. She continued her religious training through the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. She completed the program’s Theological Education for Ministry (EfM) in 2006 and earned the program’s distinction of certified mentor in 2012. As a program graduate and mentor, she participated in and moderated weekly classes for EfM program students.
Margery also took great pride in and was devoted to her membership in the women’s service organization known as PEO, for which she served many years as secretary in the organization’s S Chapter in State College. There she found outlet and expression for the charitable work to which she was devoted that began as far back as her days as member and president of the Hollidaysburg Women’s Club in the 1960s.
Her personal passions were as a skilled seamstress, quilter and bridge player. She cherished many years of vacation sailing with friends in the Caribbean as well as Penn State football and basketball. The highlight of her life, though, was her involvement in any of the activities of her children and grandchildren, especially their hockey matches, always finding time and energy to serve formally in roles such as a Girl Scout leader or informally in any role.
Margery was very outgoing and known to all, stranger and friend alike, by her near-trademark warm, friendly smile and kind words.
Friends will be received from noon to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Our Lady of Victory, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College, Father Richard Wall, Father Bruce Smith and the Rev. Dr. G. Edwin Zeiders officiating. Burial will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to PEO Chapter S in care of Kathy Harford, 1292 Haymaker Road, State College, PA 16801, or to the St. Andrew’s EfM Program, 208 W. Foster Ave., State College, PA 16801.
Arrangements are by Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.