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Margaret Fleming

Margaret Fleming grew up in the 1920s, one of six sisters living on a farm near Brush Creek Road in what was then rural Santa Rosa.

Fleming, a retired medical technologist for Memorial Hospital, died Oct. 2 in a Santa Rosa care home. She was 91.

The daughter of Irish immigrants, Fleming worked 26 years at Memorial Hospital before retiring about 1984. As a medical technologist, she drew and tested patients' blood, at times going into the hospital late at night when she was on call.

"She knew all the doctors in town," said her daughter, Jennifer Fleming-Velez of Escondido.

Born in Wibaux, Mont. near the state's border with North Dakota, Fleming came as a baby to Cloverdale. When she was a girl, her family moved to Brush Creek Road just east of Santa Rosa. The farm off the Sonoma Highway was a place where the family had horses and raised their own food.

Fleming and her sisters "really had fond memories of growing up like that," her daughter said.

After high school, Fleming attended Santa Rosa Junior College, La Sierra University in Riverside and Sonoma State University.

In 1961 she wed Wilbur Fleming. The couple remained married until his death in 1996.

Fleming enjoyed tole painting stools, shelves and other wood items that her husband crafted. The couple also canned their own apple sauce and apricots. She was a longtime member at the Santa Rosa Seventh-day Adventist Church. There she helped host baby and wedding showers.

Fleming loved all things Irish. Thirteen years ago she traveled with her daughter to Ireland. "She got to meet all kinds of relatives," Fleming-Velez said.


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