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MacCaughey Fulmer Phoebe-Jean MacCaughey Fulmer, age 89, died peacefully at home on January 6, 2013, surrounded by loving family. Born on August 9, 1923, Phoebe-Jean was the beloved daughter of Vaughan and Janet Brooker MacCaughey, the youngest of their six children; sister to Hamilton, Matilda, Horace, Patricia, and Nancy.
Growing up in Berkeley, CA, Phoebe met the love of her life, David Ellis Fulmer, at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley when she was 15. Dave and Phoebe married four years later, on August 13, 1944, and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2009. Phoebe suffered the loss of her husband in October, 2009 after a long illness. They have five children, Janis Chambers of Eagle River, AK, Mark Fulmer of Sacramento, CA, Claudia Morray of Dover, MA, Lindsay Fulmer of Mountain View, CA, and Elizabeth Andrea Fulmer of Davis, CA.
Phoebe-Jean was the beloved grandmother of 11: Natasya Millis and Karina Chambers, Krista Dalpogetto and Katie Jordan, Elisabeth Morray (Williams), Meredith Brisson, and Patrick Morray, David and Erin Von Dollen (Barber), and Emily and James Henderson. She was the proud great-grandmother of 13 and the beloved aunt of a whole clan full of nieces and nephews. Considered Grandma Phoebe by many young friends, she will be dearly missed by all.
Phoebe graduated from University High School in Berkeley, attended the University of California, Berkeley and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She studied for two years to become a docent at the Oakland History Museum, and spent many Wednesdays volunteering at the Alta Bates Showcase. Active in her community, she was a school and church volunteer serving on many boards and committees. She and her close group of friends formed "Section Too" jokingly referring to "too many meetings, too many committees." She and Dave hosted many foreign students and their home was always a central gathering place for friends and extended family. Reading, gardening, bird-watching and travel were other favorite pastimes.
Phoebe spent many happy summers at Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp, Yosemite National Park, and at her cabin at Lake Tahoe, and considered going to the Sierras going home. Family reunions and clan gatherings were special highlights over the years.
As a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Phoebe- Jean inspired a devotion to family, characterized by a warm and welcoming sense of hospitality. Her creativity and capacity for making life fun, her unflagging support and encouragement are part of her a loving and lasting legacy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 3 pm at First Congregational Church of Berkeley. Memorial donations may be made to First Congregational Church of Berkeley, the Ladera Community Church Youth Music Program or the
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 13, 2013