Bluff Dale – Graveside services for Jeannette (Nettie) Fleming, 74, Rancher, will be held in Pinon, New Mexico, on January 16, 2019 at Pinon Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lacy Funeral Home.
Jeannette was born in El Paso, Texas on October 16, 1944 to George Tally and Jeannette Van Valkenbourgh. She married Vernon Fleming on September 6, 1975 in Ruidoso, New Mexico. They were the first couple to get married at the Inn of the Mountain Gods.
Nettie was a horsewoman who won many titles. She began rodeoing at the age of four by running barrels. She was the 1961 high school barrel racing champion, 1981 barrel racing champion ASHA, 1983 barrel racing champion NARC, 1961 Rodeo Queen, Dona Ana County, Las Cruces, NM, 1962 Miss Rodeo New Mexico and first runner-up to the 1962 Miss Rodeo America.
Nettie showed Quarter Horses and Paint Horses all over the Southwest, producing many Champions. She raised, broke and trained horses for forty years. She was known throughout the country as one of the top breeders, trainers and show person in the business.
Nettie was a wrangler for Hollywood furnishing horses, livestock, wagons and stagecoach. She was also in some of the western movies as an extra, wagon driver and wife. Movies she was in included Cimarron Strip, Hang-em High, Cowboys, Scandalous John. She furnished horses and livestock for twenty other movies.
Nettie was a partner with Vernon in Fleming Construction where she operated equipment and drove trucks. She owned eight restaurants, worked as a cook, waitress and dish washer. In 1973, she managed the dining room at The Lodge in Cloudcroft, NM. From 1975-1976 Nettie managed the dining areas of Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, NM.
Survivors include husband Vernon Fleming.
Two daughters preceded Nettie in death, Tammy Fleming in 1989 and Timber Fleming in 2006.