Mrs. Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Fulford, 83, of Supply, went to be with her heavenly father on Friday April 5, 2013, at SECU Hospice House, Bolivia, with her two granddaughters holding her hand.
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Mrs. Fulford was born Feb. 9, 1930, in Centerville, Md., the daughter of the late Fredric Howard and Lola Mae Thompson Kaufman. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Thompson Lee "Buster" Kaufman; and a sister, Lola Mae Kaufman.
Betty graduated from Stevensville High School in Stevensville, Md . She attended nursing school at Easton Memorial School of Nursing in Easton, Md., graduating in the class of 1952. She did her pediatric studies at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Md., and her psychiatric studies at Sheppard and Pratt, also in Baltimore. Betty's first job was at Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va.
In 1951 while Betty was in nursing school, her sister Irene introduced her to a good-looking dredge-boat captain, and a legacy was begun. After she was finished with nursing school, she married her sweetheart in Virginia Beach on April 3, 1953. Six months later, they made the journey to North Carolina. This was first time she had ever been to North Carolina.
This first trip was one that has lasted for 60 years for Betty and Hinton where they made their home and raised their family. She traveled with Hinton with his job as a dredge-boat captain. After making North Carolina their home, she began her nursing career that lasted for many years here in Brunswick County. She worked for 25 years in Southport at Dosher Memorial Hospital and also for Dr. Gene Wallin, Dr. Templeton and Dr. Fred Burdette. She also served as a nurse at Brunswick County Schools and the Health Department. The last 15 years of her nursing career was with Brunswick Hospital in the nursery, where she loved rocking all the newborn babies. She was truly born with a gift of being a caregiver, and all those who knew her knew that to be true, even her mother who once told her she was born to be a nurse.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years as of April 3, 2013, Hinton Fulford; daughters, Gail Beck and husband, Rudy; Beth Boling and husband, Gary; sons, Al Fulford and wife, Teresa; and Marty Fulford; granddaughters, Heather Clemmons and husband, Homer, and Rachel Hewett and husband, Brandon; grandsons, Justin Fulford and Christina Consalvo, Bradley Fulford, Trey Fulford, Drake Phelps and wife, Allie, Taylor Phelps and Andy Boling; great-grandchildren, Garrett, Gavin, Avery, Brennan, Devon and two new ones on the way; sisters, Helen Hicks of Chesapeake, Va., Irene Bryan and husband, Charles, of Grasonville, Md., and Ruth Wyatt of Chester, Md., Barbara Bostic and husband, Dickie, of Ingleside, Md.; and many other nieces and nephews.
In the past year, Mrs. Fulford also had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Pat Collins. Ms. Collins was also a nurse, and they shared a lot of priceless times together and made a lasting forever bond of friendship. The family is very thankful to Ms. Pat for all the companionship and love that she gave to us all.
Funeral services were Monday, April 8, 2013, at Sabbath Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Franklin Meyers, the Rev. Eddie Hill and the Rev. Gary Boling officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kirby Bryan, Charlie Bryan, Tommy Kaufman, Andy Boling, Randy Robinson and Freddie Fulford. Honorary pallbearers were Dexter Amon, Mark Thomas, Martin Wyatt, Adam Wyatt, Keith Bostic and Devon Boling.
There are so many friends and doctors and staff that the family would like to thank in a very special way for the excellent care given to our mother, including Dr. Elijah Gregory, Dr. Neil Musselwhite, Dr. Peter Zeiman, Dr. Beth of Wilmington Health Pulmonologist, Dr. Martin Conley, Dr. Chris Young and also the staff and nurses of New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the last six years of her illness. A very special thanks to all the staff of SECU Hospice House of Bolivia, her nurse Ann and her aide Renee, who our mom said gave the best back rub ever.
Our mom will be greatly missed, but we know that she will be happy in heaven where there is no more suffering. She fought a good fight and because of knowing Jesus as her Lord and Savior, she has received her eternal reward and is forever in His presence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SECU Hospice House, Brunswick Facility, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422, or the Shriners Hospital For Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com
Arrangements by White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte.
Published in The Brunswick Beacon on Apr. 11, 2013
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