FLEMING, Elsa Claire. Graveside service for Elsa Claire Fleming, 77, was held 3 p.m. Monday, October 8, 2012, in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 7100, Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209. The family received friends at the graveside immediately following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, assisted the family.
Elsa Claire Fleming died October 6, 2012 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Hospice Home.
She was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on December 2, 1934, the daughter of the late Clara Wiesner and Arch Charles Fleming; sister of Carolyn (Tracy) Hannah, brother- in-law, Thomas E. Hannah; aunt of Kerin Lee Hannah and Edward Hannah (Paige Hucks) and great-aunt of Cooper Wade Hannah and Grayson Sullivan Hannah.
She spent her first years in Wheeling attending Edgington Lane School and comforting her mother through the war years. The family then embarked on extensive travel with the U.S. Air Force, Florida to Alaska to Alabama, New Hampshire and Arlington, Va. where she graduated from Washington and Lee High School. Elsa made friends all over the world. She enrolled at the University of New Mexico where she pledged Chi Omega and was chosen Color Girl for the NROTC and the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. When the family was sent to Germany, she chose to leave school for the opportunities of extensive travel on a large scale.
She worked at Headquarters at Ramstein Air Force Base. In 1957, the family was transplanted to Shaw AFB where she again worked for base commanders. In 1961, Elsa moved to Columbia, S.C. and worked many years for Hugh Weldon at SCE&G. Then in 1974, DuPont offered her the job of directing the start-up of their new plant in Goose Creek under Mgr. Ernie Bennett. She retired in October 1998. She was a member of Brevard Music Center for many years and enjoyed volunteer work for the arts in Charleston, S.C.
She leaves behind a saddened family and many friends who had seen her through her 15-year struggle with cancer. Her friend, Norma Norman, never missed driving her to treatments. Her friends, Mary and Helen, and neighbor, Paulette, helped and encouraged her in her fight to maintain dignity. The family particularly thanks Candy West for her care and devotion.
The staff of the Hospice Home were professional, kind and especially loving to Elsa and the family request that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Hospice House, 686 Jeff Davis Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303.
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