2017-12-02 / Obituaries

Shirley Rees Fleet

Dec. 13, 1923 - Nov. 22, 2017

Shirley Rees Fleet, 93, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away Nov. 22, 2017, at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born Dec. 13, 1923, in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of John H. and June A. Thomas Rees. On Aug. 18, 1956, in the First Presbyterian Church in Nanticoke, she married Walter R. Fleet Jr., who passed away on July 14, 2011.

Shirley was a graduate of Nanticoke High School and was a graduate of Wilkes College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Penn State University. She was a biology/chemistry teacher in Matawan, N. J, and in Sayre. She was also a real estate broker in Flemington, N.J.

Shirley was a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport, where she served as a lay pastor and was a member of the choir. She also served as a lay pastor at other area churches.

She was a former member of the Coudersport Golf Club and Coudersport Women’s Bowling League. Shirley was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an accomplished writer, having published poetry and family cookbooks.

Shirley served as a volunteer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and Sweden Valley Manor. She was a lover of the outdoors. She greatly loved her time spent at her home on Lake Silkworth and her home in Coudersport. She cherished her family, church and many friends.

Surviving are a brother, Ronald David Rees of Nanticoke; a sister, Mildred Plummer of Jenkintown; and many nieces and nephews, including John F. (Linda) Domaleski of Coudersport, Martha J. (David) Pennell of Galeton, June (Roy) Hill of Wellsboro, Robert Leete of Coudersport, John Plummer of Delaware, Edward “Butch” Rees of South Carolina, and Tom (Cindy) Leete of Sterling, Alaska.

In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and 11 siblings, Malvern Rees, George Edward Rees, Laureen Ann Watts, Lois Mae Leete, Mary R. Domaleski, Almena Vaughn, Grace Rosalee Pfuntner, Madge Rees, Laurence Rees, John H. Rees, Jr. and Jane Turley.

Family and friends may call from 11 am to noon on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where a memorial service will follow with the Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Park UMC, 15 E. 3rd St., or Cole Hospital, 1001 E. 2nd St., both at Coudersport PA 16915.

Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, is in charge of arrangements.

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