Fleming, Shirley Jean, 74, of Largo, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 at her home surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert A. Fleming, daughters Carol Fleming of Valrico, Diane Stees Rick of Cocoa Beach and Linda Kristensen Carl of Largo, and son Raymond Fleming Darlene of Seminole, twelve grandchildren, beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins, brother-in-law Ted Fleming, niece Sandy Dixon, and nephew Rod Fleming of Jacksonville, and dear friend Ruthe McReynolds of Lantana. Her parents James Robert and Clara Guesman, brother Robert Guesman, and granddaughter Elizabeth Fleming predeceased her. Born in Akron, Ohio, she was a graduate of Ohio State University and an avid Buckeyes fan. As a registered nurse, she worked at hospitals in Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida and was a director of nursing at St. Petersburg General Hospital and a nursing instructor at the St. Petersburg Junior College campus in Clearwater. After having four children, she retired from nursing to raise her family. She was a sensitive, loving, caring and gutsy lady who also participated in community and civic affairs. After her husband Bob retired, she sailed with him throughout Florida and the Bahamas for a number of years, attaining the rank of "1st Admiral" per Bob. In later years, she and Bob spent spring through fall in North Carolina where she found peace and serenity looking out over the Smoky Mountains while enjoying the beautiful flora and fauna. She dearly loved her husband, children and grandchildren. Thank you all for your prayers and support. Viewing and service will be for immediate family and friends. Donations should be sent to The Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast,
5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760
Internment to be determined.