Mary Franklin Fulghum-Palmer

February 11, 1946March 27, 2018

Mary Franklin Fulghum-Palmer, 72, passed away on March 27, 2018 at Spring Arbor of Richmond. She was a retired school teacher of Henrico County and taught Biology at Hermitage High School. She loved to quilt and was a member of Country School in Montpelier, VA. She was a member of Widowed Persons Service of Richmond. She was preceded in death by her husband, Seaton B. Fulghum. She is survived by her husband, James Frederick Palmer and 2 sons, Mark Fulghum and wife, Cheryl and Andrew Fulghum and his wife, Sandy, all of Midlothian. Mary Franklin is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Rachel, Carter, Jessica, Nathan, Mathew, and Alysa Heinz and Cameron Fulghum. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 11am at Fork Church, 12566 Old Ridge Road, Doswell, VA. The family will receive friends one hour prior in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association or Fork Church in Mary Franklin's honor. Online condolences may be registered at


  • Visitation Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, April 2, 2018

Mary Franklin Fulghum-Palmer

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Becky Brown

March 31, 2018

The Country School Quilters of Montpelier, Virginia send our condolences to Mary Franklin's family. She was a long time member of both Richmond Quilters' Guild and Country School Quilters. Rest in Peace.

DHShuler, HRSPA Rep

March 30, 2018

The members of Henrico Retired School Personnel Association extend their condolences to the family of Mary Fulghum-Palmer and our appreciation for her many years of service to students and staff.

Sandi Harris Shover

March 30, 2018

I had both Mrs. Fulghum and her late husband for honors science courses at Hermitage. She was unique, charming, and an excellent teacher. Her class stands out among the many classes I experienced throughout my education. Even more now as I am a teacher myself...I can understand that what made her so special was how she connected with her students. She touched a lot of lives.

Carol Cashman

March 30, 2018

So sorry for your loss. I got to know Mary Franklin through the Zeta Tau Alpha Richmond Alumnae chapter. She was always kind and a thoughtful Zeta. She will be missed.

Matt Dillard

March 30, 2018

Mrs. Fulghum was one of the most influential teachers, along with Mr. Fulghum, that I ever had. The two of them were the personification of what an educator should be. Their passion for learning was infectious and they had a way to connect with their students which few could match. I will always remember how Mrs. Fulghum would remind us of the miracle of our mere existence and how special it is to live at all. I will cherish the memory of these wonderful teachers. Of all the teachers I have had over the years, I reflect on my time with both of them far more than any other teachers. The world is a lesser place without them in it. I hope the sadness of her family and friends will quickly be replaced by the warmth and comfort of fond memories of a person that meant so much in the lives of so many.

Matt Dillard
HHS Class of 1986

Tammy Peck

March 30, 2018

May you all be lifted up during these times. I am sorry for your lost.
I was one of her students and know she made an impact on lives. Many years have past and it’s been a while since we last spoke but I haven often found myself thinking of her. She touched so many and our Tangier Island trip was the best!


March 30, 2018

Dear family, may the God of all comfort (Psalm 83:18) strengthen you at this difficult time and may your cherished memories console you until the day you are reunited by means of the promised resurrection- Acts 24:15, John 5:28,29.

Thomas & Libby Widgeon

March 28, 2018

Sorry For Your Loss!