Mom's great smile
Rosemary Virginia Fleming
  • 93 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 18, 1920
  • Place of birth:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 28, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Georgetown, Texas, United States
Let the memory of Rosemary be with us forever ......................... Let us all visualize this wonderful woman blazing nature trails all over heaven :)

In lieu of flowers please make any donations if you like to:

 Friends of the Arboretum --

Camp Black Hawk --

Or any of your favorite organizations

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by charlene nance on 28th July 2017

"You left the world a better place as did Rick.My grandkids still talk about you both,  Look forward to seeing you both when God calls."

This tribute was added by Mary Lourigan on 18th April 2017

"Went with family to Six Mile Cypress Slough.  Great memories of walking there with you.  Thinking of you as I looked out over the lake.  Miss having you as a guide. Learned so much from you."

This tribute was added by Tanya Fleming on 28th July 2016

"Hello sweet Rosemary.... please give RICKER our love.  You guys behave up there...."

This tribute was added by Tanya Fleming on 20th April 2015

"The most beautiful time of the year is here.  In loving the wildflowers I'm remembering you in a special way."

This tribute was added by charlene nance on 19th April 2015

"My granddaughter still remembers her visits with you. In fact, she named a cat and a fish after you :-) thank you for that influence you had on her"

This tribute was added by Mary Lourigan on 18th April 2015

"Baking your brownie recipe now to take to the memorial tomorrow.  Good friends will be gathered to remember you.  Missing you."

This tribute was added by Mary Lourigan on 29th July 2014

"Think of you often and wish I could have one of our wonderful conversations again.  Enjoy all the reading you provided and share with the grands."

This tribute was added by Jenny Canchola on 17th April 2014

"Hi Grandma
Its almost your birthday and I miss you!
Take care of Mom and Grandpa.
Love you always.

This tribute was added by Wayne Pauly on 5th February 2014

"I met Rosemary in the summer of 71 at the UW Arboretum and worked with her until her retirement 9  years later.  She was an amazing bundle of energy, enthusiasm and drive.  She provided me with opportunities to  teach, meet interesting people, and learn the craft of managing natural areas.  She planted the first prairie in the Dane County park System in the summer of 73 from seeds collected by her girl scouts and cleaned in her living room with Walt's help.  Ten years ago we planted a plain dark colored glacial boulder in front of that acre of prairie with a plaque dedicating it to Rosemary Fleming.  The most inspiring teacher ever.

Thanks Rosemary"

This tribute was added by Judy Alderson on 4th September 2013

"I am not sure how to leave a tribute to a woman who influenced my life in so many ways.  By recognizing a love of nature in me and providing a role model when there were so few women to do so, "Kim" (camp name) shaped my educational and career goals.  She continued to be a lifelong friend and inspiration to me and I will miss her sparkling presence and intense love of life always."

This tribute was added by Carolynn Littleton on 23rd August 2013

"I cherish my time spent with Rosemary through the Coccoloba Chapter of the FNPS.  I am honored to have known her.
Rosemary:  Symbol of Remembrance, Friendship & Love."

This tribute was added by barbara meyer on 22nd August 2013

"What a gracious lady!  As a novice Master Gardener in 2002, I was awed by her knowledge of "things natural" and love of same.  Little did I know she was 82 yrs. old at the time and still going strong.  I truly appreciate her strength of character and willingness to share. Thank you, Rosemary"

This tribute was added by Lynn Davis on 18th August 2013

"I was very saddened to hear of Rosemary's passing, she was truly an inspiration. She taught us the true meaning of sharing your knowledge. I can honestly say that I have never met a more dedicated, compassionate person. I know her family will miss her, but she left an eternal mark on the world, knowing her has meant a lot to many."

This tribute was added by Rachel Singletary on 13th August 2013

"Rosemary was a wonderful person. I met her through The Coccoloba Chapter of The Native Plant Society. I met her late in her life and I learned from her then but can only imagine if I had known her when she was younger! She had such knowledge to share and was a true nature lover PLUS called it as she saw it!!"

This tribute was added by tom prestidge on 11th August 2013

"Rick my brother!
I am so sorry for your loss but I know you mom is in a much better place now!  I did not have the pleasure of meeting her but I know you and based on that she must have been a wonderful caring woman.
She also must have had the patience of Job! :)
Good news is you will see her again! Love you TP"

This tribute was added by Sandy Petersen on 10th August 2013

"Dear Rick and family,

My sincerest sympathy in the loss of your loved one, Rosemary.  

She made a deep and positive impact on many and on our precious environment."

This tribute was added by val prestidge on 10th August 2013

I didn't have the pleasure of meeting your Mom, but knowing what a wonderful son she raised, she had to have been an inspiration to all who knew her. Our world is a better place because of her.
I love you, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. (Mosquito)"

This tribute was added by Sandy Petersen on 9th August 2013

"Rosemary, I met you at Girls Camp and learned so much about the natural world and how to teach about that, from you.  You were also a wonderful friend and always sharing.  I will miss you but I know you are in a good place.  My love,  Sandy"

This tribute was added by sandy kavouras on 9th August 2013

"Your name is an herb that was part of Christ as were you. Everyone who ever knew you was touched by your love, knowledge &kindness. Your willingness to share your knowledge was unsurpassed. Always there with the answers-no matter what the questions-of course if it were about flora or fauna, then the encyclopedia was recited in the most interesting story ever told! Thank you Rosemary"

This tribute was added by Mary Lourigan on 9th August 2013

"I first met Rosemary in 1978 when we were both "Shawnee Raiders" at Camp Black Hawk.  We became friends and more than friends.  Rosemary was also a teacher and mentor.  I learned so much from her and was inspired by her to learn more about the bog and the meadows etc, then to take that information and learn to share it.  Her generosity knew no bounds.  Dear friend, sadly missed."

This tribute was added by Joyce Sanders on 8th August 2013

"Rosemary was a joy on a nature walk, working in the kitchen with her apron on. or just talking about Florida history with her dear friends. She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Gayle Edwards on 7th August 2013

"This is a continuation:  My last memory of Rosemary was when she moved out of her home in Fort Myers Shores...She was lying on the bed--Dr.'s orders---instructing all of her friends that were there packing her up.   The world was a better place because she was in it!
She will make a terrific angel!"

This tribute was added by Gayle Edwards on 7th August 2013

"When I came to Fort Myers in 1998, Rosemary was one of the Master Gardeners as well as being in the Coccoloba Chapter of the Native Plant Society with me.  She was at that time 78 and could outwork most of us.  She had already lost her beloved Walt and joined and volunteered for everything that came up!  She was always a very busy lady, so much fun, so friendly, always so willing to help."

This tribute was added by Matt Smith on 6th August 2013

"Rosemary was an inspiration to everyone.  Her energy and enthusiasm were infectious.  Best memory was the year she came to our house for Christmas dinner.  She charmed everyone with her master gardener stories.  She left a living legacy with everything she planted at Buckingham Presbyterian.  She will always be remembered.  Our deepest sympathy to all of her family. Chris+Matt"

This tribute was added by Beth Day on 6th August 2013

"There are no appropriate words for Rosemary, she loved life and everything in it including her church, Buckingham Presbyterian Church Ft Myers, Fl. And all her friends there. She knew how to look at a tree or bush and could tell you all about it, seeing things no one else could see. The former children at BPC will not forget her either."

This tribute was added by Georgette Lundquist on 6th August 2013

"We knew Rosemary from Buckingham Presbyterian Church.  Of curse we only knew her in her later years, but from some of the stories she told she must have been an amazing woman in her younger years.  Girl Scouts, nature lover, church helper.  Rick, you were lucky to have a Mom like her. We all wish we could live as full a life as she did."

This tribute was added by Adam Briscoe on 5th August 2013


I feel very privileged to have been able to meet your mom on a number of occasions, and each time I remember leaving with a sense of amazement at the incredible life that she had led. I knew she was an amazing person because of the mark she left on you- which you then left on me."

This tribute was added by Eric Kraimer on 4th August 2013

"Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family Rick. Although we never had the privilege of knowing you mom, I do know how much of an influence she had on and in your life.  
I have been Blessed by knowing the son she raised and the wonderful lessons in life she passed onto him."

This tribute was added by Crystal Caserta on 4th August 2013

"Rick....I am so blessed to have been a part of this amazing woman's life, and I can only hope that in some small way, I was able to make a difference. I have some very special memories of times spent with her, that will forever hold a special place in my heart."

This tribute was added by Billy Anderson on 4th August 2013

"Rosemary was a beautiful woman with a quick wit, charming character, and warm nature.  If you never had the chance to experience her engaging company you can rest assured that it lives on in all its vivid colors in her son.  We think and wonder about God as if looking dimly in a mirror, but she now sees Him face to face.  Rick, I love you.  Billy"

This tribute was added by John Cook on 4th August 2013

"Rick your mother was a beautiful lady I know you are going to miss her an we want to let you know that if we can do any thing for you or your family please let us know . I come to love you as a brother getting to know how much you do for others an the gentle spirit you have . May God always guard an protect you in all you an I will alway  cherish our friendship , we love you ."

This tribute was added by Pat Geer on 4th August 2013


This tribute was added by Tanya Fleming on 4th August 2013

"Some of my fav memories . . .trippin through the fields of Gtown together trying to absorb your wealth of knowledge of wild flowers gaining a whole new respect for "weeds"
Sailing with you and Jack.  Where there was a will, you always found a way!  You left your mark on many.  Thank you for mine..RIP sweet lady"

This tribute was added by charlene nance on 4th August 2013

"Rosemary, you continued to be a teacher of children, even in you senior years:-)  You taught my grandchildren a great lesson in "love".
Thank you for being so lovable!  And, I am sure you and my mom are
having a great time together.  We miss you!!!"

This tribute was added by Rick Fleming on 4th August 2013

"Mom......... Thank you for the fire you started inside me for the love of nature and the passion to explore the wilderness!!  It makes me smile thinking about camping and canoe trips our family did together. I love that you passed on to me the need to help and teach others our passions. You were an AWESOME lady!!!  I love and miss you."

This tribute was added by Diane Keeslar on 2nd August 2013

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This tribute was added by Diane Keeslar on 2nd August 2013

"Auntie Rosemary,
Thank-You for being such a major influence in  my life. I leaned to resected your straight forwardness with me, whether I liked or in some cases did not like what you had to say, you were generally right (I hated that you know) but boy did I learn. Please hug my daddy for me. I love you both!"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Canchola on 2nd August 2013

You are like many of the trails you blazed; the deeper I go the more I discover about you. I hope this memorial leads me to many more fascinating discoveries. My birthday will now forever be linked to your memory and I am honored, but I also know you will be in every Sandhill Crane I see, every chicadee dee dee I hear. I love you!"

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