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Marilyn Ann (Thompson) FullerFebruary 20, 1935 ~ May 20, 2017 (age 82)
Marilyn Ann (Thompson) Fuller, 82, passed away peacefully, May 20, 2017 after complications of Alzheimer’s & Dementia and a recent hip fracture at Rochester Manor in Rochester, NH. She was born in Rumford, ME on February 20, 1935. She was predeceased by her parents Harold C. and Helen A. (Gibbs) Thompson, her brother George A. Thompson and her beloved husband, Percy H. Fuller.
After graduating from Gardiner High School, she married Percy H. Fuller in 1953. They resided in West Gardiner on the Neck Road until late 1956 when they moved to Bradford, MA where she and Percy became caretakers of Percy’s elderly Aunts. They later bought a home in Woburn, MA spending much of their free time at their cottage on Big Dan Hole Pond in Tuftonborough, NH. In 1983 they made their final move to the lot next to her childhood home on Clarks Lane in West Gardiner, her husband along with the help of Harold Thompson, Butch Johnson and Joel Bernier built their log home.
While living in Massachusetts Marilyn worked her way up to Senior Accountant at Microwave Associates Communications (M/A Com) in Burlington, MA. It was there that she made her forever friends, Dot & Warren (John) Ramsdell. After returning to Maine, Marilyn worked at the American Heart Association retiring in 1994 to spend time caring for her husband. Percy, the love of her life, passed away during the ice storm of 1998. Marilyn continued to live in their home on Clarks Lane until 2015. It was at that time that she needed more care and moved to Rochester, NH to be closer to family.
Marilyn was a fine quilt maker. She made over one hundred hand-quilted bed quilts, lap quilts and wall hangings. All but a few of these quilts were gifts for others to enjoy. She took great pleasure in making every quilt and always hoped they gave others as much pleasure. Marilyn was also known for baking in the days leading up to the Christmas season when she would prepare and send goodies to friends and family each year to enjoy.
Marilyn was a longtime member of the Maine State Cobbosseecontee Grange 100. She held the positions of Madame Secretary, Lady Assistant Steward, and later she became Master.
She is survived by her niece Karen (Thompson) Harrison and husband Michael of Rochester NH; her grand-nephews, John Cader of Rochester NH and David Cader and fiance’ Sariah Abaroa of Saco ME; a very special great grand-niece, Joanna (Jojo) Abaroa-Cader; her nephews Shaun (Joel) Erickson of Easton PA; Richard Fuller and wife Patricia of Madison NH; her grand-niece Jennifer Fuller of Haverhill, MA and grand-nephew Scott Fuller of Pelham NH; niece Ruth (Fuller) Mathews; sisters-in-law F.
Janet (Jan) Thompson of Seymour IN, Barbara Broadbent of Webster MA, Joyce Fuller of Monticello KY along with many other beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Her life would not have been as full if it wasn’t for her very close friends. Without them, the passing of her husband, Percy, would not have been bearable. She held dear in her heart a great friendship, respect and love for Elaine Goodwin and other members of the Goodwin family; Sue and George Decker; Linwood and Rita Lessner and their family; Gertrude and Bill Emery; Roger and Eva Bernier. She always felt her return to her “childhood home” would not have been as easy if not for the friendship and support of them and many countless others.
Visiting hours for Marilyn will be held on June 2, 2017 at Staples Funeral Home, noon to 1pm, in Gardiner, ME. A celebration of life will be held graveside at Friends Cemetery in West Gardiner, ME where she will be laid to next to her husband Percy.