Aug. 4, 1918 — Oct. 4, 2013
Dayton area resident, Isabelle May Fullerton, 95, left us unexpectedly on Oct. 4, 2013, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Isabelle was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Dayton, to Joseph and Minnie May Casteel. She attended schools in Dayton, graduating from Dayton High School in 1937. She was a life-long resident of the Dayton area except for two years during WWII when she lived and worked in Detroit, Mich., in support of the War effort.
On Sept. 4, 1948, she and Laurence (Barney) Fullerton travelled with his brother Wayne and sister-in-law Pauline to Yakima where they were married and then honeymooned in Seattle. For many years she worked for the Cosper Accounting Firm in Walla Walla as one of the few female accountants at that time. She transferred to Niemi-Holland & Scott after Cosper Accounting was purchased and then retired from the firm in 1980 at age 62.
Isabelle was a hard-working woman of many talents and interests. She loved vegetable and flower gardening, and often relaxed in the evening doing embroidery, particularly right after retirement, making beautiful pillowcases for family. She was a great home cook and loved to forage for mushrooms and huckleberries in the mountains with Barney, her sister Budgie and brother-in-law George Lewandowski. She was known by family and friends particularly for her signature fried chicken, sautéed wild mushrooms and homemade mustard. Membership in the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary was important to her as well and she enjoyed playing bingo there while visiting with her friends.
Over the years she and Barney enjoyed attending horse races, fairs, rodeos and supporting community events in Dayton and Waitsburg. Dick and Ceil Morgan (both deceased) were especially dear friends and they enjoyed visiting and vacationing with them. They loved the weekly visits to Pasco to join her sister Budgie for lunch and then later with her son, George. When her sister, Leota visited with her two daughters it was a special treat and one looked forward to each year. She also very much looked forward to the regular visits by grandson Bill Daggett and his family and granddaughter Caroline Marks and her family.
Isabelle is survived by her husband of 65 years at their home in Huntsville; two daughters, Lorena (Jeff) Daggett of Edmonds, Wash., Shirley Shears, of West Virginia; and her sister, Laura Leota Eccles. She cherished her seven grandchildren and her many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Ruthie, Elsie and Virginia (Budgie); and two grandsons, John and Danny Shears.
There are many family members and friends that have contributed to her joy and well-being over the years and they are greatly appreciated and loved. On behalf of Barney and Isabelle, special thanks is extended to Ike and Joan Maxwell for their continuous and frequent visits and the love they have so generously and freely given to them, and to Gary and Jill Thomas for their many years of help and friendship. Your kindness will always be remembered and cherished.
The memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Dayton Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Peck officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362, or to your chosen charity.
Friends and family members are encouraged to pass along their memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.