Mary “Kitty” Fleming, 88, of Alton, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at OSF St. Clare Hospital in Alton.
She was born on May 20, 1926, in Kerens, W.V., the daughter of the late Clifton Mason and Mary Elizabeth (Bennett) Waybright.
She married Edward Earl Fleming in February of 1944.
Kitty was owner and operator of Kitty’s Grocery on Milton Road in Alton. She was a member of Order of The Eastern Star, Daughters of The Nile, and the Jesterettes. Kitty was also a Red Hat Lady. She often volunteered at the Caravan Shop.
She is survived by four children and their spouses, Sharon and Bob Wyne of Funkstown, Md., Charles Fleming, Richard and Tracy Fleming of Lake Worth, Fla., and Jim Fleming, and his wife, Kate Mahanes, of Afton, Va.; two sisters, Betty Ash of Orlando, Fla., and Virginia Knight of Baltimore, Md.; eight grandchildren; a step-grandchild; 11 great-grandchildren; and her best friend, Myra Morrison of Spartanburg, S.C.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Earl; three sisters and four brothers.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton. The Daughters of The Nile will perform burial rites at 3:30 p.m.
A private family burial will be held in Upper Alton Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children of St. Louis.
Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.