Ruth Foster Fleming of Cove Hollow Road, East Hampton, died on Saturday at Southampton Hospital of a respiratory condition. She was 79.
Born in 1933 in Sagaponack to the former Amy Gould and Everett Foster, she grew up with her sister, Janet, on what is still known as the Foster Farm.
She attended the Sagaponack School and Bridgehampton High School, and graduated with a degree in business administration from Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y., in 1955.
She married Guy Fleming in 1956. The couple lived in Forest Hills while Ms. Fleming worked at Bloomingdale’s and Bonwit Teller in New York City. Later the couple moved back to Sagaponack, where they restored the family farmhouse while Mr. Fleming worked as a freelance book designer and artist.
With their two children, Faith Fleming and Douglas Fleming, they moved to Maine in 1968, where they greatly enjoyed living for 26 years, working together to restore a 200-year-old farmhouse, gardening, and raising a host of pets.
Ms. Fleming worked at Wiscasset High School in Maine and eventually took over the position of director of adult education for the Town of Wiscasset. In 1994 they moved to East Hampton. Mr. Fleming died in 2001.
In the years following her return to Long Island, Ms. Fleming became an enthusiastic quilter, becoming active with a local quilting group and making many quilts as gifts for family and friends or as donations to local charities.
She was a member of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, and was active with the Ramblers. She volunteered at the East Hampton Food Pantry, donated to various local charities, and happily and voraciously read whenever she could, faithful cat Clyde at her side for 22 years, her family said.
“She shone brightly in later life, enjoying her grandchildren and family, who will miss her dearly,” her daughter said.
Her sister, Janet Lester, died in 2004. She is survived by two children, Faith Fleming of South Bend, Ind., and Douglas Fleming of Petersburg, Alaska, as well as three grandchildren, two nieces, and two cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held on a date to be announced. The family thanked all the individuals and organizations who helped Ms. Fleming and her family at the end of her life.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the East Hampton Presbyterian Church, 120 Main Street, East Hampton 11937, the East Hampton Food Pantry, P.O. Box 505, East Hampton, or the East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton.