Lillian C. Fleck (Weaver)
On Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, Lillian C. Fleck (Weaver) passed away at the age of 84 years.
A native of Bristol, Tenn., Lillian first visited Key West as a teenager and immediately fell in love with the island and its people. By the late 1940s, her family had taken permanent residence here and established Speas Plate and Glass on White Street. An accomplished jitterbug and swing dancer, Lillian was active in the USO, where she caught the eye of R. Neil Fleck. They were married in 1951.
In the 1960s she became part of the administrative team at Poinciana Elementary School -- a job she held for 26 years. During that time, she helped shape the lives of countless children, many of whom still think of her with great fondness. Upon her retirement, Lillian traveled the world, visiting dozens of countries in Europe, Latin America and all the great American cities, including an Alaskan adventure. She was most fond of San Francisco, Taxco, Tuscany and Vancouver.
Mrs. Fleck was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for over half a century, proudly serving as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president for several terms. She loved orchids and good books and was a voracious reader, but few things brought her as much joy and anguish as her beloved Miami Marlins.
Beginning in the 1980s (about 5 p.m. on most days), family and friends would gather to have coffee at home with Miss Lil. She lived life so fully that it was no surprise that her Coffee Club was always well attended. To be sure, folks came for coffee, but also to hear her stories, seek her always-sage advice, and share gossip she never repeated. It was her favorite time of day and Coffee Club became something many looked forward to and will greatly miss.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents and R. Neil Fleck. She is survived by her three daughters, Debra L. Gartenmayer, Sharon G. Fleck and Vicki L. Lockwood; five grandchildren, Cecelia C. Hoversen (Lance T. Hoversen), T.J. Gartenmayer, Tyler G. Lockwood (Jessica Lockwood), Travis D. Lockwood, Ryan N. Fleck; and great-grandson Kellen J. Lockwood.
A celebration of Lillian's life will be held at her home during Coffee Club on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, beginning at 5 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to please stop by.