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Mildren Fleming Austin, 86

April 23, 2008

Mildred “Micky” Fleming Austin, 86, died Monday April 21 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Maria Joseph Danville PA where she has resided since 2001.  She moved from Barefoot Bay FL and was formerly of Watertown NY.  The oldest of twelve children, she was born February 6 1922 in Copenhagen New York the daughter of the late Alphus J. and Margaret Rogers Fleming. 


She graduated from Copenhagen High School in 1940 and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Watertown NY in 1943.  She entered the Army Nurse Corps on December 1 1943.  After Basic Training in Tampa FL and Camp Barkley TX she left Salt Lake City Utah on Thanksgiving Day in 1944 for India and was stationed at various hospitals along the Ledo-Burma Road.  On July 1 1945 she was sent to Kunming China.  While in Kunming she was one of three American women invited to attend the farewell dinner for Lt. General Claire Chennault. Lt. Fleming later served in Shanghai.  She was honorably discharged in 1946.  In 1989 she would receive an award from the Chinese Air Force in recognition of outstanding achievements in nursing as part of the China-Burma-India Pilot’s Association. 

On November 16 1946 she married the late James H. Austin at Sacred Heart Church in Watertown NY who died October 13 1990. 

In 1958 she moved with her family to Rio De Janerio Brazil.  In 1959 she would meet President Eisenhower as part of the Pan American District Girl Scout Council.  Upon her return to the United States in 1961 she would continue as a leader and professional Girl Scout for both the Thousand Island and Girl Scout Council of Central NY.  In 1986 she retired to Barefoot Bay Florida where she worked for the Florida Visiting Nurses Association.   

She was a former member of St. Luke’s Church Barefoot Bay Florida. 

She is survived by one son Dr. Paul Austin of Columbus Indiana and three daughters; Mrs. Thomas Kennedy (Kathleen) Danville PA; Mrs. John McGowan (Claire) of DeWitt NY and Mrs. Nanci Eves of Watertown NY. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.  Also surviving are two brothers; Thomas Fleming and Terence Fleming, both of Copenhagen NY and three sisters; Mrs. James Sligar (Rosalie) of Carthage NY, Mrs. Richard Faulknham(Mary) of Cape Vincent NY and Mrs. Alfred Lawrence (Audrey) of Cape Vincent NY.  Also surviving is her aunt, Mrs. Joseph Mattson (Kathleen) of Barnegat NJ.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by one son, Peter James Austin on February 13 1991 and four brothers; Richard , James and David Fleming and also Robert, in infancy.  She was preceded in death by two sisters; Mrs. Robert Spaulding (Marjorie) and Mrs. Paul Baker (Nancy). 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM on Saturday August 2 2008 at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown NY.  The family will hold a reception at 9:00 AM in the Parish Chapel.  Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Saint Cyril and Methodius at Emmanuel Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 600 Schoolhouse Road Danville PA 17821 or a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.

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