Norma Jean Fulford

November 3, 1924 ~ March 15, 2022 (age 97)


Norma Jean (Sandall) Fulford, age 97, of Whitney Point, New York, formerly of Tampa, Florida, and Playa Del Rey, California, passed away peacefully at home, on Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, with family at her side. She was born on November 3rd, 1924, in Burlington, Vermont, to Lionel and Betty (Wolcott) Sandall. She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Susan , and her dear husband of 55 years, Harry Lee Fulford. She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Hardman of Vancouver, Washington, and Candy (Lanny) Carlson of Whitney Point, New York. She is also survived by her grandchildren, John, Chase (Kristin), Ted (Margaret), Lindsay (Marc) and Travis, as well as great grandchildren Dante, Shawn, Kade, Dot, and Mira. She is also survived by nieces Susan and Pamela, as well as a large extended family. She outlived all of her siblings, as well as brothers and sisters in law. She was a part of the Greatest Generation !
Her life was a beautiful one !  She traveled widely, from Europe to the Islands of this earth, to almost every state in this country. She loved all things Italian, the country, the people, the food and especially, the music. She was a gifted musician, playing the piano from age four, and performed at state competition level, as well as in her beloved church in Burlington.
She served her country during WWII, at the tender age of 18, as a secretary in the Department of Labor under FDR, and was a front row observer of his funeral procession as it passed by her corner office in our nations Capital. It was in Washington that she met and married her handsome Navy man , our Father.
She had the absolute BEST sense of humor, and would reduce her daughters to tears and rolling on the floor, as we laughed and carried on. Her husband, our Dad, never stood a chance with the three of us.....we were a handful !
She was generous to a fault, supporting several charities, both military and civilian.
There is so much more to say about this astonishing woman, but we will keep those memories secreted away in our hearts and minds, to be visited in our memories as time passes.
To our adored mother, grandmother, and "Gma Great", we say Ti' amo and we will see you again.

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