Edith Joan Fleming (1925 - 2017)

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Edith Joan Fleming died on the Oct. 24, 2017. She was a patient at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, at the time of her death. There will be a memorial at Janssen's
Evergreen Memorial Chapel, located on the corners of 8th and E Street in Anchorage, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Mom was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 4, 1925, to Joseph and Mary Beghetti. The eldest, she was followed by sisters, Mary, Joann and Betty, making it five women to one man in the Beghetti House.
After graduation from high school and a brief try at college, she decided to give travel and adventure a try. The choices came down to Europe or Alaska. With the war just ending, she decided a visit to her folks' homeland could wait, thus Alaska won out. With her best friend, Barbara, they started the journey north. A train to Seattle, Wash., and boat ride to Sitka, Juneau and eventually Anchorage via Whittier, Alaska. Stopping when needed to work and earn money along the way, she eventually worked her way to Curry, Alaska, the halfway point to Fairbanks on the Alaska Railroad. There, while working at the Curry Hotel, she met a young Alaskan railroad engineer.
Pete Fleming and Edith Beghetti were married on Dec. 13, 1947, at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage. For the first few years they called Curry home. Having to be flown back to Anchorage by Cliff Hudson for the birth of their eldest son, Joe, and again when their next son, Wayne was born, she made it clear to her husband that there wouldn't be a third plane ride. They bought an old Quonset hut on Government Hill in Anchorage, and three more children followed: Timothy, John and Rebecca. They eventually purchased a larger home, still on Government Hill. Dad passed away 35 years ago, but mom refused to leave, and lived in the same house until the time of her death. Her home was always open. If you needed a place to stay, you had one. If you were hungry, she would feed you, and anyone else who happened to be in the neighborhood. She focused her life around her family and her greatest joys came when we all were able to get together. At different times in her life she worked as a nurse's aide and a teacher's helper, and spent a number of years working in the office at Holy Family Cathedral.
She is survived by her children, Joe, Wayne, Tim, John and Rebecca; Randy, who she loved as a son; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as her sisters, Joann, Mary and Betty.
Please, instead of flowers or gifts, give to a local charity helping those in need. It is truly what mom would appreciate most.
Arrangements were with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 29, 2017