Marion Louise Fulmer of Las Cruces, New Mexico, passed away on April 30, 2013 at the age of 89. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 13, 1923. Marion is survived by her children Patricia Kunkel of Artesia, New Mexico, and her husband Tim, and Richard Fulmer of Houston and his wife Diann. She also has five grandchildren: Matthew Kunkel of Socorro, New Mexico; Elizabeth Fulmer of Clarksdale, MS; Katherine Fulmer of Houston, Texas; James Fulmer of Houston; and Marie Fulmer of Las Cruces. Marion was preceded in death by Jacob Walter Fulmer, her husband of 45 years.
Marion graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a degree in business management in 1945. In 1953 she married Walt, a Mining Engineer and a graduate of New Mexico School of Mines - now New Mexico Tech. The couple lived all over the southwest, including Hillsboro, Vanadium, and Grants, New Mexico and Dillon, Colorado. They retired to Las Cruces in 1978.
Marion, an avid gardener and professional painter, was active in the Las Cruces arts community. She co-founded the Friday Painters and City of Artists organizations, and was instrumental in bringing many art shows to the city, including the first Las Cruces Arts Festival.
Marion was a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that promotes women's education. Also active in local politics, she suggested what was to become the Sun-News' popular Sound Off feature. A loyal friend and a loving mother and grandmother, Marion's legacy of landscape, seascape, and still-life paintings will bring beauty and joy to hundreds of people for generations.
Private burial will take place at Masonic Cemetery on Saturday, May 11, 2013. On July 13, 2013, which would have been Marion's 90th birthday, friends and family are invited to the Lundeen's Inn of the Arts in Las Cruces (618 South Alameda Blvd, phone: 575-526-3327) at 7:00 p.m. in celebration of her life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given in Marion's name to her favorite charities: Boys Town, Wounded Warriors, and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Services arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz, Las Cruces 575-527-2222. For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com