Mary Louise (Curran) Fullerton

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Mary Louise Curran Fullerton, 95

BATH - Mary Louise Curran Fullerton, 95, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2017, in Auburn.

Mary was born Nov. 4, 1921, in Milo, the seventh of what would be 11 siblings.

A bright and dedicated student, she graduated as vice president of her class from Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in 1945.

She served as a nurse in the Army during World War II, and became a first lieutenant on the hospital ship USS Milne.

In 1947, she married Elihu Fullerton and moved to Bath. There, she became a mother to their two daughters, Ann and Alice, and a member of St. Mary's parish.

Throughout her life, Mary used her gifts and talents to contribute to her community and to give of herself to others. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Mary was an accomplished, self-taught seamstress, and she taught those skills to others at Bailey Evening school. Through the Cooperative Extension service of 4-H, she worked with the Civil Defense to prepare meals in the event of disaster.

Later, in 1974, when their children were grown, she and her husband, Al, began to be snowbirds, wintering in Dunedin, Florida, where she became a regular volunteer at Mease Hospital.

Mary's love of life, sense of humor, and delight in learning never stopped. She loved reading, language and word games, card games, line dancing, walking, swimming, and traveling. She took up golf at 65, became an avid golfer, and even scored two hole-in-ones. She lit up a room with her buoyant personality, her clever jokes, and her genuine delight in those around her.

She is survived by her children, Ann Spencer and Alice Woodman Brawn, and their spouses, Lincoln R. Spencer and Al Brawn; her grandchildren, Leah Pereira, Lincoln A. Spencer, Samuel Woodman, and Maria Wilson, and their spouses, Paulo Pereira, Crystal Spencer, Heather Woodman, and Andrew Wilson; nine great-grandchildren; her siblings, Betty Ardini, of Portsmouth, N.H.; Pat Perkins, of Waterville; Robert Curran, of Randolph; and Jacqueline and Josephine Curran, of Thomaston; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elihu Fullerton; and siblings, William Curran, Alice McDonough, Helen Martell, John Curran, and Hazel Curran.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. at All Saints Parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lincoln Street, Bath. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit: www.desmondfuneralhomes.com.

Memorial denotations may be made to the American Red Cross or the Lewiston Veterans Association.
Checks donated to the VA should be made out to VAVS (VA Voluntary Service), and can be mailed to
Voluntary Service (135)
1 VA Center
Augusta, ME 04330


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David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home
638 High Street
Bath, ME 04530
207-443-4567
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Published in Central Maine from May 13 to May 14, 2017