In Memory

Jean Fuller

Jean Fuller

Hi, I happened on your site when I was leaving the one for my class there at Ashley (I'm class of 61). I regret to inform you that my sister, Jean Fuller passed away - June 16, 2005. I did not know you had a site until today. Please post her name in your "In Memory" section of your site. She died of esophageal cancer and was living in Fullerton, California at that time. If you have any questions, please contact me - Oscar Fuller, 32 Carriage House Drive, Danbury, CT 06810 - email is - cell phone 914-841-4896 I'm not sure if you want to use it but I wrote this short piece as part of her funeral…


The Smile Who is this person before me? With labored, shallow breath, her chest rises and falls with an uncertain rhythm. She does not talk now but shares sporadic sighs only she understands. We talk with her, sharing news of family and friends – letting her know those who love her are close - she hears but cannot respond through the fog. I wait beside her bed thinking of the sister I knew, somewhere lost in the woman before me - the girl that kept her infectious smile, even in the face of troubling times. Her humor and carefree spirit made her the eternal optimist, and cheered those around her. She had a way of making magic - a way of turning the most difficult situations around, making problems seem much smaller with the conviction that any setback was temporary and troubles would pass. Things would always work out, no matter what…..not this time. All too soon, she must leave us to escape the pain that grows within her. Soon she will no longer know pain, soon, her hands will no long tremble, and soon she will be at peace. I am sure she knows that the smile she so generously shared continues in the hearts and memories of those she touched and loved her so much. I believe we carry some special part of all we love with us. Borrowing from her strength, I’ll carry the memory of her smile, her optimism, and her ability to not allow anything to truly discourage her. I know she is smiling still – the smile – that lasts forever. Jean Fuller passed away this morning - June 16, 2005 

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01/14/15 06:30 PM #1    

Scotty Wise (Price)

When I saw Jean's picture here the first thing I thought of was her smile. Your piece about her is so appropriate for the Jean I remember. She was a favorite person in high school and I know will be missed.

01/14/15 11:04 PM #2    

Mickey Blackwell

The one and only date I had with Jean was to our senior year Junior Senior. We also had a very close connection because we were both class day officers. I was the class lawyer and she had a major role.I also remember her dedication to the work of the Salvation Army and would see her uptown on many a Saturday  ringing the bell. I had not heard about her death and it was right much of a jolt.  

01/16/15 09:35 AM #3    

Chip Brunnemer

When I saw this notice about Jean, I told Linda that she was one of sweetest girls I had ever known.  Always smiling, always pleasant, and always pleasing to be around.  Like Mickey, I remember her dedicated work for the Salvation Army.  She will be remembered fondly by all her classmates, of this I am certain.

01/16/15 01:38 PM #4    

Betti Smith (Krapfl)

What a beautiful young woman Jean was..
That captivating, welcoming smile..
What a beautiful tribute her brother gave.

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