MELVA LEE FAISON FLEMING passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at her home in East Baltimore, Maryland due to complications from Cancer. She was 89 years old.
Melva was born on October 9 1930, in Sampson County, North Carolina to the late Janie Bell Faison and William Armwood.
Melva spent her early years in Sampson County, North Carolina as a Black American raised by her single mother during segregation and overt racism. She attended grade school in Warsaw, North Caroline. Later, Melva moved to Richmond, Virginia to live with an aunt and to finished high school.
Melva’s adult journey began at the tender age of 22 when she left Richmond and entered nursing school in Baltimore, Maryland and became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She was employed at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Mrs. Fleming joined the Israel Baptist Church in 1956, under the leadership of the late Pastor Meade. She served on the Nursing Unit Ministry, Sunday school and on March 21, 2001, she joined the Senior Citizen Ministry along with her niece, Quessie Faison. Sister Fleming was very active and enjoyed coming to church as long as her health permitted.
During those years, Melva not only enjoyed a successful professional career but her life would be forever changed when she met and later married the late Earl H. Fleming on February 5, 1979, by the late Rev. E. D. Meade, Pastor Emeritus of the Israel Baptist Church. Earl was the love of her life and her best friend. He departed life on March 21, 1993, at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Melva was a compassionate and caring person who brought light, laughter, and joy to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her beautiful life was defined by achievement and service to others. She had a love for gardening and enjoyed traveling with friends and family. She had the opportunity of traveling out of the country.
Her four siblings, preceded her in death, Ms. Hazel Faison, Cleda V. Williams, Hubert E. Faison and Provert J. Faison.
Melva Lee Fleming will be forever loved by her family and friends. She did not have any children but she had two that she loved and who took care of her: niece, Quessie Faison and nephew, Everett Lee Williams whom she loved deeply and was so proud of their loving care. She was blessed with two sisters-in-law: Genary Faison, North Carolina and Corrine Fleming, Baltimore. Also, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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