SOUTH ROYALTON —There are no calling hours and a family graveside service will be held at a later date at Brook Lands Family Cemetery for Agnes Almyria Whitmore Fuller, 96, who died peacefully on April 14 at her home in South Royalton. Love of her family, her home and her ancestry guided her long and fulfilling life.
She was born Sept. 17, 1917, in Plymouth, Mass., daughter of Henry C. Whitmore and Lillian A. Bell Whitmore.
Agnes grew up in Plymouth and Belmont, Mass. and graduated from Belmont High School. She attended Chandler Secretarial School in Boston and later worked with her father operating the Whitmore Taxi Company.
On Feb. 20, 1942, Agnes married Melvyn W. Fuller of Cape Cod, Mass. in Reno, Nev. They were fortunate to celebrate 71 years together.
As a career army officer’s wife, she placed great importance on creating a warm home for her family wherever the military assignments led them. When Melvyn retired from military service they moved to South Royalton thus beginning a new chapter in their lives. She continued her focus on home and family, adding grandchildren and great-grandchildren to her circle. She was considered to be a gracious lady who was kind and considerate. She loved to read and to hook colorful rugs.
Agnes had a lifelong interest in family history and genealogy. She researched and documented her family lineage, as well as that of the Fuller family, back to the Mayflower and the Magna Carter. She kept meticulous records of her research well before the days of home computing. She was a proud member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, where she was a past Governor of the Vermont Society. She was pleased to have two memorial bricks for her and Melvyn placed in the garden pathway of the Mayflower House in Plymouth. She was past president of the National Colonial Dames, Vermont Chapter, and a member of Colonial Dames XVII Century, Rev Joseph Adams Chapter. She belonged to the DAR and was past president of Hannah Hendee New England Woman. Thanksgiving was an important tradition to her when family gathered and she shared her love of Pilgrim History. Each year she told the story of the Five Kernels of Corn to four generations of Pilgrim descendants.
Agnes, along with Melvyn, belonged to various chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star for 69 years. She was Past Worthy Matron of Rising Sun Chapter in South Royalton and a member of Forest Unity Chapter in Sharon. She was Past Grand Esther and Past Grand Chaplain of Vermont Order of the Eastern Star. Agnes and Melvin valued the friendships they made as they traveled around Vermont visiting other chapters and attending National Conventions.
Agnes always said her claim to fame was her five children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Nancy (Dale) Howe of White River Jct., Sandra (Neil) Day of Longmeadow, Mass., Patricia (Alan) Howe of Tunbridge, Richard Fuller of South Royalton and Carlton Fuller of Barre; eight grandchildren: Julie Howe of New York City, Melissa Howe (Jeff) Pitts of Nazareth, Penn., Diane Day (Nick) Fleming of Westborough, Mass., Russell (Stacy) Day of Old Saybrook, Conn., Jennifer Howe (Kyle) Thygesen and Shannon Howe (Seth) Johnson both of Tunbridge, Caitlin Fuller and Jonathan Fuller, both of Barre; and nine great-grandchildren; a niece, Bonnie MacLean Hodge of Clarksville, Tenn.; a nephew, Robert MacLean of Montgomery, Ala.; a brother-in-law, Edmund (Florence) Fuller of Centerville, Mass. and their children, Carol Doucette, Priscilla Poole, and Ted Fuller.
She was predeceased by her husband in June 2013; one sister, Thelma Whitmore MacLean; and several cousins.
The family is grateful for the attentive care given by Dr. Adam Schwarz, and her caregivers, especially Michelle, Gracia and Margaret.
Donations in her memory may be made to South Royalton Rescue, PO Box 482, South Royalton, 05068; VT Society of Mayflower Descendants % Cynthia Roberts, Treasurer, 230 Blueberry Lane, Rutland, 05701; Philadelphia Shriners Hospital 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.
The Boardway & Cilley Inc. Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the May 3, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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