Evelyn Fuller

Fuller,EvelynObitPhotoSOUTHWICK – Evelyn (Cole) Fuller, 89, of Southwick, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday July 5, 2014. Born in Huntington, MA to the late Ralph and Isabell (Drake) Cole, she was a 1943 graduate and Valedictorian of Huntington High School.
Evelyn was employed with Strathmore Paper Company for 52 years. She had a passion for music and singing, playing the organ at Norwich Hill Congregational Church in Huntington. After moving to Southwick in 1959, she became a member of the Southwick Congregational Church and played organ as a substitute. She sang alto for the church choir for over 50 years; was one of the Ladies Benevolent Society Trio; served as a Deacon; was a member of the Music Committee and most recently acted as an Assistant Treasurer. Other than singing at the church, Evelyn sang in a group of five called the ‘Afternotes’, directed by Phil Hall, who performed in the 60’s and 70’s at many functions throughout the area. She also sang with the Westfield Festival Chorus at Westfield State College, the Greater Westfield Choral Association, and the Masterworks Chorale in Lexington, MA. While with these groups, she traveled on concert tours to many parts of the world, including Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand throughout the 80’s and 90’s. She also had the privilege of singing at Carnegie Hall with Dr. Davidovich. Upon retirement, Evelyn volunteered as the pianist for the ‘Do Re Mi’s’, a group of singers at the Westfield Senior Center who entertained in local nursing home.
Evelyn loved sports over the years, starting in her youth where she was the All Star Center of the Huntington High Basketball Team. She enjoyed watching her sons play at Southwick High School and was avid Celtics and Red Sox Fan, never missing a game of either team and keeping the score and statistics about both.
Evelyn will be dearly missed by her family and all those that knew her. May she now be in Heaven singing for the Lord. She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Gilbert “Jim” Fuller of Southwick; her three sons, Kip and his wife Patti of Southwick, Jeff of Southwick and Debra Fuller of Granville, David Fuller and his fiancée Irene Larussa of Springfield; former daughter-in law, Serena Fuller of Westfield; four grandchildren, Erin, Nicole, Justin and Joshua and one great-grandson, Evan. She was predeceased by her daughter, Kim Spillane.
The family would like to thank the Noble Visiting Nurses Hospice Care team for their extraordinary help in caring for Evelyn in the last months of her life.
Family and friends are invited to meet for visitation on Saturday, July 12th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home, 624 College Hwy followed by a service at 12:00 noon in the Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Hwy. Burial will be private for the family at a later date. For those that wish to make a donation in Evelyn’s memory, please send them to Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077.

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