Ethel J. Fleming was born in Melrose Park, Illinois in 1901. Ray Kroc and Ethel Fleming met in 1919, and soon fell in love before getting married in 1922, and then moving to Chicago, Illinois. They welcomed their daughter Marilyn in 1924. Ray was often busy in various business endeavors, and the marriage ended up in divorce in 1961. She never remarried, and died on her 64th birthday in 1965 …here is her obituary: Ethel Kroc of 620 Ironwood Drive , Arlington Heights, Dec. 2, mother of Mrs. James W. Barg of Evanston; sister of Mrs. F. R. Nerger of Pensacola, Fla. and Andrew E. Fleming of Evanston and Clearwater, Fla. Services private. Chicago Tribune: 3 Dec 1965:
English: ethnic name for someone from Flanders, from Middle English fleming. The word reflects a Norman French form of Old French flamanc ‘Fleming’, from the stem flam- + the ancient Germanic suffix -ing. In the Middle Ages there was considerable commercial intercourse between England and the Netherlands, particularly in the wool trade, and many Flemish weavers and dyers settled in England. This surname is also common in south and east Scotland and in Ireland, where it is sometimes found in the Gaelicized form Pléamonn.
German: variant of Flemming , cognate with 1 above.
From the Chicago Tribune: 3 Dec 1965: Kroc Ethel J. Kroc of 620 Ironwood Drive , Arlington Heights, Dec. 2, mother of Mrs. James W. Barg of Evanston; sister of Mrs. F. R. Nerger of Pensacola, Fla. …