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Jean E. Fleagle

May 10, 1922 - April 8, 2017

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Born May 10, 1922 ~ Died April 8, 2017
Jean Ella (LeGall) Fleagle was born in The Dalles, Oregon. She was raised in Klickitat County, WA on a ranch in a place known as Timber Valley. She was the third of three children born to her parents, Victor Legall and Mabel Simmons. After the early death of her mother and a subsequent remarriage, her beloved step-sister, Mary Josephine (Mary Jo) was added to the family.
After graduating from college at age 19 with a teaching certificate, she taught for two years at an elementary school...

Born May 10, 1922 ~ Died April 8, 2017
Jean Ella (LeGall) Fleagle was born in The Dalles, Oregon. She was raised in Klickitat County, WA on a ranch in a place known as Timber Valley. She was the third of three children born to her parents, Victor Legall and Mabel Simmons. After the early death of her mother and a subsequent remarriage, her beloved step-sister, Mary Josephine (Mary Jo) was added to the family.
After graduating from college at age 19 with a teaching certificate, she taught for two years at an elementary school in Harrah, WA near Yakima. She was very happy there, but she knew she wanted more than Harrah could offer. For quite some time Jean had desired a career as an opera singer and her plan had been to go to New York to study voice as soon as WWII ended. She was accepted at the Juilliard School in NYC in September 1945. While working at a variety of temporary jobs to support her vocal studies, she hired into United Airlines in 1946. (After three years of study at Juilliard but failing to procure steady work in Broadway shows, she finally gave up her dream of becoming an opera performer. During this time, however, she would perform in church choirs, Men's clubs and at graduation ceremonies, often for free).
On New Year's Eve, 1949, Jean met another employee of United Airlines, Richard (Dick) Fleagle, who would later become her husband. They were married on April 7th, 1951 in Seattle. In May of 1953, their only child, (Victor) Gary, was born. She and Dick were married for 63 years, until his death in 2014. They lived in Kirkland, WA from 1952 until moving to their second home in Redmond, WA in 1979. They were located there until a severe decline in their health forced a retreat to an adult family home in the Totem Lake section of Kirkland, near the end of 2013.
Jean worked at United Airlines as a Reservations Agent for most of her nearly thirty-eight years with the company, retiring in 1984. Soon after, she would volunteer her time and energy at Youth Eastside Services (YES) in Bellevue, WA and formed many new friendships. She became fully retired from YES after almost fifteen years of selfless effort, receiving several service awards thru the years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dick, who died in 2014, her older brother Hugh and younger sister Mary Jo. She is survived by her son, Gary and his wife, Dianne, of Rochester Hills, MI; and many nieces and nephews.
She will be buried alongside her husband at St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery in The Dalles, Oregon. A memorial service will be held in Bellevue WA at Sunset Hills Funeral Home on August 23rd 2017.