Virginia Mae Fullerton, 85, passed away peacefully with her family on June 20, 2015, at her home in Bozeman, Montana. She was a very special and precious lady beloved by her husband, siblings, stepchildren, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.
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Virginia was born on Jan. 8, 1930, to Ira "Ike" Croston and Waneeta Croston in Hamill, South Dakota. As a child she moved with her family from South Dakota to Gallatin County, Montana, in 1935. The family lived in Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, and Clyde Park in Montana. Virginia completed her formal education in Manhattan, Montana, in 1944.
On June 8, 1974, Virginia married John "Jack" William Fullerton in Bozeman, Montana. They resided 1 mile from the Four Corners during their marriage. Jack passed away after a short illness on Nov. 29, 2007.
She retired from Montana State University after working many years in food service. She loved gardening and flowers, sewing, needle work, pinochle, fishing, camping, and traveling. Virginia and Jack had a camper and boat which were well used. Travels took them to Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Louisiana, Minnesota, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and Canada. They camped and fished at many locations in Montana and Virginia always kept track of how many fish were caught and what kind.
Virginia is survived by her stepchildren Judy Jones of Castle Rock, Washington, Janet (Dennis) Thurston of Bremerton, Washington, and William (Jeannie) Fullerton of Helena, Montana. She is also survived by grandchildren Christine Jones of Vancouver, Washington, Katherine(Mike) Walter of White Sulphur Springs, Montana, James (Jeni) Saeman of Medford, Oregon, Maria (David) Mangano of Richmond, Virginia, Danielle Fullerton of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Elizabeth (Jon) Halpern of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Joshua Saeman, Claire Saeman, Brandi Saeman, Lester Walter, William Walter, Ella Walter, Giovanni Mangano, and Sebastian Mangano.
She is also survived by sisters Shirley Suhr of Central Park, Montana, June Baker of Three Forks, Montana, Dorothy (Wayne) Heath of Seeley Lake, Susan (Dick) Johnson of Clyde Park, Montana, and brothers William "Bill" (Irene) Croston of Middletown, Iowa, and Tom (Barb) Croston of Red Lodge, Montana.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents (Ike and Waneeta), her husband John "Jack" William Fullerton , brothers Marvin "Marv" Croston, Robert "Bobby" Croston, John Croston, and Edward Croston and sister Patricia Croston Ross.
Visitation with the family will be held on Monday, July 27 at 9 a.m. at Dokken-Nelson. Processions to Sunset Hills Cemetery will leave Dokken-Nelson with graveside services to begin at 10 a.m. A social gathering will follow at the Grand Avenue Christian Church.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 25 to July 26, 2015