Lucille "Pat" Fleming

Obituary of Lucille "Pat" Fleming

Lucille Y. "Pat" (Girouard) Fleming, 79, of Middletown and West Palm Beach, Florida, died peacefully at home on October 5, 2007 after a courageous 11-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was the wife of the late William Barry Fleming. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of Valeda S. (Cote) and Albert C. Girouard. Mrs. Fleming graduated from Cranston High School in 1946, and Newport Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She worked as a delivery room nurse at Newport Hospital for 40 years, working mainly the night shift, until her retirement in 1988. She then worked at several area nursing homes, finally retiring from nursing at the age of 72. Known as "Topsy" to her family, and "Pat" to her friends, she was an energetic and youthful woman. She delighted in knowing that nearly everyone she met thought her to be far younger than she was. She was an avid and skilled duckpin bowler, she loved the beach, and she was an outstanding figure skater, passing a tryout for the Ice Capades as an underage teenager. She learned to ski when she was in her forties. She was remarkably strong. She had a quick wit and a great sense of humor and was well-known at Newport Hospital for having an endless supply of jokes. She had a wonderful way with babies and small children. She was a fearsome Scrabble player and enjoyed crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. She loved to listen to piano music. She was also a terrific cook, with a special talent for baking delicious desserts, pies and pastries. She loved Christmas as it often meant being surrounded by her entire family, and she truly found great joy in giving. After retiring, she and her husband wintered in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she enjoyed the vibrant colors of the landscape, the beautiful birds and flowers, and the delightful tropical weather. She particularly enjoyed it when her family and friends came to visit as she loved to share her happiness with others. She is survived by her four children; Michael Twomey of West Palm Beach, Florida, Patricia Lambert and her husband Jim, of Richford, Vermont, Jean Myerson and her husband Steve, of Portsmouth, and Marie Twomey of Middletown. She is also survived by her four grandchildren; Christina Mattison and her husband Flynn, Dallas Merchant, and Kyle and Sarah Myerson, as well as her two great-grandsons, Maxwell and Vincent Mattison. She leaves her sisters, Jeannette Hall of Cranston and Bertha Pulsifer of Southport, Florida, and her brothers, Norman Girouard of Pawcatuck, Connecticut and Everett Girouard of Pawtucket, and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Muriel Pastore and Kenneth Girouard, and the aunt of the late Caryle Pastore. She also leaves her particularly dear friends, Kathy and Jim Medeiros of Middletown, and Annette Reynolds of Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2007, at 9:00 a.m., at St. Mary's Church, Spring Street, Newport. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, from 4-7 p.m. in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the Dr. Robert Legare Research Fund at Women and Infants Oncology Center, 101 Dudley St, Providence, RI 02905.
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