Ruth Foster Fleming
Ruth Foster Fleming of East Hampton died on April 27, with her daughter Faith by her side, after a short hospital stay due to respiratory complications. She was 79.
Born in 1933 in Sagaponack to Amy (Gould) and Everett Foster, Ms. Fleming grew up with her sister, Janet Lester, on what is still known today as the Foster Farm. She attended Sagaponack School, Bridgehampton High School, and later graduated with a degree in business administration from Skidmore College in Saratoga in 1955. She married Guy Fleming in 1956, living in Forest Hills, while working at Bloomingdale’s and Bonwit Teller in New York City.
Later, the couple moved back to Sagaponack where they restored the family farmhouse while her husband worked as a freelance book designer and artist.
With their two children, Faith and Douglas, they relocated to Maine in 1968, where they greatly enjoyed living for 26 years, working together to restore a 200-year-old farmhouse, gardening and raising a host of pets. Ms. Fleming worked at Wiscasset High School and eventually took over the position of director of adult education for the Town of Wiscasset. In 1994, they returned to the East End, settling in East Hampton. Her husband died in 2001.
In the years following her return to Long Island, Ms. Fleming became an avid quilter and was active with a local quilting group. She created many beautiful quilts, which she gave to family and friends and donated to local charities. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton, serving as a deacon, and was active with The Ramblers. She volunteered over the years at the East Hampton food pantry, generously donated to various local charities and happily and voraciously read whenever she could, according to survivors. Her faithful cat, Clyde, was at her side for 22 years. Survivors said she “shone brightly in later life,” enjoying her grandchildren and family.
Ms. Fleming was predeceased by her sister Janet Lester in 2004. She is survived by her two children, Faith Fleming Stowe of Indiana and Douglas Fleming of Alaska; three grandchildren, Hugh Fleming, Ian Fleming and Claire Stowe; nieces Amy Lester Scattaglia of Illinois and Jennifer Lester of Massachusetts; and cousins Clifford Foster of Sagaponack and Julia Mumford of Pennsylvania.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton, www.fpceh.org; the East Hampton Food Pantry, Box 505, East Hampton, NY 11937; or the East Hampton Public Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937.