Mary Evelyn Thrower Fuller was born on August 16, 1931 and passed away on April 25, 2022 at the age of 90. Services will be held on Thursday, April 28th at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church on Loop Road in Monroe, LA. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 1:00 pm the day of the service. Burial will follow the service at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, LA.
Mrs. Fuller was preceded in death by her father and mother, Jim and Mamie Walker; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law, Carey and Lucille Walker, J.P. and Lettie Walker and Durwood and Joyce Walker and sisters, Evie and Edna Mae Walker. She lost two wonderful husbands; the love of her life, J.C. Thrower, and the companion of her life, Bruce Fuller. She was also predeceased by a step-son, Larry Fuller.
She is survived by two daughters, Wanda Ramsey (James, “Randy”) and Bonnie Howell (Ronnie); a son, John Thrower (Sherryl); a stepson, Tim Fuller (Ingrid), and a stepdaughter-in-law, Gail Fuller. Grandchildren are Amy Matherne (Patrick), James Ramsey (fiancée Maribeth), Brittany Kiedaisch (Kyle), Jeremy Vining (Emily), Todd Jordan (Rebecca), Sean Jordan and step grandchildren, Tiffany Bonds (Shawn) and Ben Fuller (Lisa). Also left to bless this family are great grandchildren Alex Matherne, Chancee and Aubree Ramsey, Trinity, Raleigh, and Veda Vining, Kade and Hank Kiedaisch, Dakota Jordan, Isla and Caleb Bonds, and Bryce Fuller. In addition, she will be missed by numerous nieces, nephews and devoted friends who all loved her dearly.
Evelyn was born the last child of six at home in Downsville, Louisiana. She had a full and happy childhood with family and friends that she talked about all her life – from the cow that scared her when it was caught in a burlap bag outside the kitchen window as she washed dishes to school days at Downsville High School. When she completed the 11th grade and graduated from high school, she came to “town” to work at the Toddle House with her sister, Edna. Once again, there were so many stories of fun times. Soon, she met a handsome salesman from Daniel Appliance across the street and they married. She welcomed a new daughter and then a new baby girl a year later, Bonnie and Wanda. Seven years later they were blessed with a son, John Edward. She stayed at home raising her family and building a loving home for them until John went to school. She and JC became members of First Methodist while it was still downtown across from St. Francis Hospital. They became members of the Anna Gray Noe Sunday School Class. As Monroe grew and the church moved to Loop Road, she taught the 3- and 4-year-old children’s classes at the new Day School. After J.C.’s death in 1986, she continued to enjoy her children and grandchildren with support from her church family. Then in 1994, a classmate called to reconnect with friends after losing his wife a few years before. After reconnecting, Evelyn and Bruce were married in 1995. Once again, the family grew with the addition of 2 stepsons and their families. There was always a special meal on a beautifully set table and spotless house to stay in when any of the children came to visit. After 33 years with young children, she tried to retire but her church needed her again as an activity director. She planned every detail from food to be served to table/chair arrangements. Of course, Bruce was there to do the heavy work. Wednesday Night Suppers were a special challenge since every one had to have a “good” meal and the kids could have a peanut butter sandwich. As health issues began to plague them, she and Bruce found themselves at home more and more. They moved to Savannah Court in Bastrop where they could receive the care they needed. Bruce died shortly thereafter, but Evelyn stayed there and became a part of another family – her “friends” family. There was great support in being with people going through the same challenges. She is leaving behind a legacy of love, family traditions, and devotion to church behind.
Pallbearers will be James Ramsey, Patrick Matherne, Alex Matherne, Jeremy Vining, Kyle Kiedaisch, and Gerald Houston. Honorary pallbearers will be the Anna Gray Noe Sunday School Class.
The family would like to send thanks and much love to Dr. Owen Meyers, Kelsey and his staff; Elara Hospice; Wound Care; and the area hospitals and ambulance services that gave graciously to Mrs. Fuller’s care. To Savannah Court, each of you have been a wonderful blessing to us for so long. From the entire Fuller family, we deeply appreciate and love each of you for all you did to care for our mama.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 3900 Loop Road, Monroe, LA 71203.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com