July 2, 1952 ~ January 28, 2020

Born in: Topeka , KS
Resided in: Aurora, CO

Obituary for Marlene Y. Fleming
Marlene Yvonne Dean Fleming was born July 2, 1952, in Topeka, KS to the proud parents, Eulah Lois (Sawyer) Dean and Orange Robert Dean III. She was the fourth child out of nine born in the family. Marlene was raised in a loving home surrounded by 7 brothers, Orange IV (Letha), Steve (Margaret), William (Taletha), Terence, Merrill, Marcus (Loles), Clifford (Sherritta) and one sister, Ursula Dean Barber.
As a child, Marlene loved to participate in a number of neighborhood outdoor sports. She enjoyed cooking and sewing but one of her most favorite things to do was to antagonize her brothers!
Marlene moved to Aurora, CO in 1977. Shortly thereafter, she met and married Julius Fleming. She had 3 sons with this union, Julius (Kelly), Howard and Brian. Marlene was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Elijah, Amira, Howard Jr., Shaelyn, Peyton, and Jayshaun. Family meant so much to Marlene and she was always excited to spend time with her sons, grandchildren and her church family, which she loved dearly.
In her adult life, Marlene continued her love for sports which included working out at the gym, watching special sport events and cheering on her favorite football team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Marlene’s early professional career included, positions held in the banking and insurance industries. She spent a number of years with the Aurora Police Department, before settling with the Aurora Public School system in 1989. Oh, how she loved working in the classroom as a volunteer parent when her sons attended Tollgate Elementary School. She was active in the lives of so many students and significantly influenced their childhood development. Her time as a volunteer parent at the elementary school encouraged Marlene to begin her career in the classroom. Marlene served in the General Education Paraprofessional field for over 30 years with the Aurora Public School District, until she semi-retired in early 2018. She so loved working with the kids; so she continued to serve as a substitute Educational Assistance as late as January 2020. As we celebrate her life and legacy, we are inspired by how she cared for people with a heart of compassion. We are amazed by the many lives Marlene impacted in her home, work, church, and community.
Being a woman of faith with belief in the Lord, Marlene’s number one interest was serving and praising the Lord. While her most recent membership was with Calvary Church of Aurora, she has a strong history as long-time member of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church where she faithfully served as head of the Senior’s mission group.
Marlene loved to stay in God’s Word, reading, learning and watching multiple Television ministries. She was always delighted for every opportunity to attend worship service with her entire family.
One of Marlene’s great aspirations was to visit Israel. It appeared this was finally going to come true with a trip scheduled to depart with Calvary Church on January 31st , however; Marlene was called home to be with the Lord January 28, 2020, prior to what was planned on earth. What she must realize now, her view from heaven will be far greater than the one she visualized to be so exciting and glorious!
Marlene was preceded in death by her father, Orange R. Dean III and Mother, Eulah L. Dean. Marlene will truly be missed by her family, church family, and all who knew her.
The family wishes to thank you for your expressions of kindness during this time but most importantly we want to thank you for the love, care and friendship you showed Marlene.


Visitation: February 5, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: February 6, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church
1500 South Dayton Street
Denver, CO 80247

(303) 752-0546

Interment: February 6, 2020 1:30 pm

Eastlawn Memorial Gardens
19600 East Smith Road
Aurora, CO 80011

Reception: February 6, 2020 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church
1500 South Dayton Street
Denver, CO 80247

(303) 752-0546

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  1. We the Dean family to the Fleming Family offer our most sincere condolence. Marlene my sister had the greatest love for you.
    Now since her work here is done, the Lord has called her home. I love my sister and I love all of also.
    Your Uncle Bob and Aunt Letha.

  2. We are devastated to hear this news. Marlene (Mardi-Bug) was such a kind and loving soul, and a staple in the Aurora community. She sacrificed everything, every day, in order to care for and support her amazing children. She had an amazing glow to her, which was comforting and loving. Julius, Howard and Brian- we are here for you, and love you all!

  3. Marlene Fleming was an extraordinary co-worker and friend. She loved our students, held a firm line and boundaries, was meticulous in her work, dependable and responsible, fun-loving, and had great taste in music and food. She will be missed and is loved.

  4. she was one of the sweetest lady back from my years in high school she helped when i got bullied
    i am sorry to the family

  5. I send my deepest condolences. I know Ms. Fleming back when I was in high school. She was very sweet and loving and understanding. I am very sorry

  6. Sending prayers and love to the Fleming family! Ms.Fleming was a great mentor and always kept us on a straight path! She will be missed but her legacy within Aurora community will live on! 💕

  7. Omg. I was so shocked to hear of her passing. She and I met working at Hinkley. She attended my wedding in 2012. My prayer is that God will comfort her families hearts. Rest Beautiful Lady.

  8. My deepest condolences, I’m a lost for words. Marlene was an amazing strong woman who kept you on your toes. I appreciate her sprit and willingness to keep it real with me. She will truly be missed. My heart goes out to family. God Bless you all.

  9. Im so sorry to hear this. Mrs. Fleming was a really amazing person!! She helped a lot of people including me!! I wish i could make it to pay my respects but all the Fleming family will be in my prayers. Rest in peace Mrs.Fleming, you have done your job down here now fly with the rest of the angles you will be truly missed 🙁

  10. I was lucky enough to work with Darlene at Hinkley. She was one of the sweetest and kindest women I ever met. I’m sure your loss is devastating and I hope the years of her love can be off comfort to you.

  11. Just an all around amazing and strong minded woman. My deepest condolences goes out to her family. I learned so much from her. I will miss our talks and they way she never gave in to what was wrong and always strived to do what was right!!!! Love and miss you much Mrs. Fleming

  12. Words cannot describe my shock and emotion. I am saddened to hear this. Marlene my dear friend you will be missed but now at least you are reunited with Mrs. B. Tell her hi for me. I know you are with our heavenly father get your praise on.

  13. My deepest condolences to the Fleming family. I met Mrs. Fleming in high school she was always there for me when I need someone!!! She will be missed dearly.

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with Marlene’s family.
    I know she had a very strong faith in the Lord and now she is looking down and watching over everyone now.
    Rest in Peace Marlene!

  15. Im going to miss you the heavens just received an Angel because you was truly a blessing to know you is to you love you.. Especially your laugh and smile was contangious.

  16. Oh Marlene. How you brightened my days in the library when you came to help us. Your sweetness was felt by all who knew you.
    God definitely blesses His true followers. Enjoy the Holy Land from above forever!

  17. My heart is breaking over you my beautiful friend!!! You brought so much joy to my life, even after I left Hinkley, you and I remained very good friends. Thank you for cheering me up when I needed it the most. I just wish I were there for you, I wish you had told me you were dealing with this. I love you my friend and I will always remember you and the special friendship we shared. Rest easy gorgeous! Love, your lipstick partner in crime, Claudia XOXO

  18. The heartfelt sympathies of Bethel Bible Fellowship go out to all of your family Ursula and Marcus. May God keep you in perfect Peace as you lay your sister to rest. May God’s strength and favor rest upon you and bless you.

  19. May your love and memories of Marlene fill you with peace and hug your spirit. Keeping the family lifted in prayer. So sorry for our loss.
    Harvena (Bradley) Johnson

  20. Our friendship spanned six decades beginning with our living three doors from each other. As I have been thinking so much of our walking to school, hanging out on the porch, playing games, climbing the pear tree, picking mulberries etc., I envisioned us as a Norman Rockwell painting. We are wearing our jumpers, white rolled down socks, black and white saddle oxfords and our two braids. Many years pass between our Norman Rockwell moment, and attending different high schools due to the Deans moving on up to the eastside (across town,) we stayed in contact. Then who gets married first has a little boy whom you would come to help spoil. My first daughter being named after you and you being her Godmother. Didn’t we fuss on that one with smiles on our face. We would laugh. You moved from Kansas, and I made my first solo drive across the state to spend time together catching up on life and laughs! Your marriage, children, and calling to say you named your youngest after my oldest. Then you had to fuss again because you didn’t spell his name the same. We would laugh. I admired seeing you as a wife and mom to three boys who grew into handsome young men.
    Another Rockwell painting. Children grown, grandbabies came and you were so happy. It was about your family and loving them so deeply. It was about your babies. Then that time came we spoke of . We were gray except I decided to be red. Your crown was so beautiful and you wore it gracefully. We planned to see each other more often, travel together being those two little girls from Buchanan Street, busting loose discovering God’s gift!!! I’m sad, you left before our envision painting depicting us as two elderly women sitting on a patio. I now envision the painting changes to one of joy. We are on the porch together, you wearing your beautiful crown, beautiful wings, that beautiful smile that lights the heavens above. As we talk you are sharing your love of our Lord and Savior. And you telling me to keep praying, keep laughing and move forward in the Lord. I’m going to really miss you my friend. Take your rest Marlene. Our story is not over. There is one more painting waiting on the horizon for us. I love you My Best Friend. Thank you Lord for Marlene and I traveling a part of our life journey together, and rewarding her work for and in you here on earth.

  21. My condolences! Marlene, you were a great friend and a wonderful mother! I will cherish all the memories we shared together. Love the Baller family.

  22. So sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. I met Marlene many years ago. She was a lovely woman.
    My condolences and prayers are extended to her family.

    • My dearest friend Ursula, brothers and the rest of the Barber family. Please accept our condolences. May you continue to cherish the great memories you created with your sister. May the good Lord console you all. May Marlene rest in perfect peace.

  23. Thank you for all of the happiness, peace and comfort you brought to us students who were so lucky to be in your presence when we were in school. Thanks for saving us from the bullies and teaching compassion to us along the way. Thanks for the humor, the laughs, the calm and peace you carried with you. Thank you for making our school feel like a second home. With all of the great memories in mind, thank you and may you rest in peace.

  24. Dear Ursula & Family:
    It is with tender empathy that we learned of your only sister, Marlene’s, transition to be with God in heaven.

    We trust that you know that she has gone home to her creator, God.

    Always recall those precious memories and your life with her… with those treasures she will forever be with you.

    May God bless you and the Family.
    Glenn, Marsha & Frank Brown.

  25. From the newest Barber family we offer our condolences to the family. It is sad to see you go but I will always be comforted knowing that you are in God’s presence. Love you forever! Andre & Aneulena Barber

  26. Julius Jr. and Family,
    I am sorry to hear about your mother passing away, I remember her from when you and I were in high school. I also remember her being so polite and nice to me at church, especially during the church gathering when she and my mom would help with the youth activities at Rising Star. She will forever hold a special place in my heart.

  27. You know how you feel like you just saw someone but in the same light, haven’t seen them for a little while? That’s the lasting impression Mrs. Marlene left me with. She was one of the kindest, sweetest, personable people I have ever met. Always had a beautiful smile, kind word, and warm hug for everyone. Sincere condolences, love, thoughts, and prayers to her family and friends. God has called another one of His angels home.

  28. We are so sad to hear of Marlene’s passing. Marlene was such a strong woman and mother. Not only did she care deeply for her own family, she also went out of her way to care for ours. She will be greatly missed.

    Julius, Howard, and Brian we’re thinking of you during this difficult time. Please let us know if there anything we can do to support you.

    Catherine, Abiye, and Willie

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