Patricia Ann Fuller
April 14, 1931 – June 17, 2020
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Patricia Croft Fuller was born on April 14, 1931, to John Harrel “Bob” Roberts and Kathryn Henry Roberts. Born premature, she used one of the first incubators in OKC and at three days old was obviously too wiggly to stay in it so she was sent home. Attending school in OKC thru 12th grade, with a couple of years in Little Rock, AR, she graduated from Classen High School in ’49.
At OCU, she met John L. Croft Jr. and they were married in 1952. They had two boys, Charles in ’56 and Robert in ’67. Patricia was patient and caring always but with Robbie’s mental handicap, especially so. Always interested in childhood education, she and friend Dannye Newberry got their master’s while starting the preschool with Montessori emphasis at Wesley United Methodist Church, which they ran for 25 years with help from Carina Malone, Jean Hendrickson and others.
She loved her church family and bridge partners and also teaching Sunday school and doing the daily crypto quote. John retired early and they were able to travel to the Estes Park and other western places. Pat made many trips to Ruidoso, NM, to see her cousins Sue and Bill Fore who Robbie adored. They had great fun with friends going to Charleston SC, Texas hill country and more.
After John’s death in ’92, she later met Ray Fuller just walking in Penn Square Mall and they were married in ’95. They were a great match (“set up before the foundation of the world,” he said) and had many fun trips to the Ruidoso area, Grand Canyon and more. They also encouraged each other’s love for the bible and the gospel of grace. In the last year, she enjoyed seeing the horses, birds, deer and peaceful outdoors at Joy’s house, and of course could tell us what kind of birds we were seeing.
A special word of gratitude must be given to Rachel Johnson, who with her children’s presence, and her care and special friendship like a daughter meant so much to Patricia these last several years and especially the last two months.
Patricia is survived by son Charles and Friend Joy Milligan, sister Nancy Taylor and daughter Mary, nephew Wesley Taylor-Lekites and niece Lisa Jones, stepson Glen Fuller and wife Jane with their children Mitchel, Jason, Michaela, Josh, Cassie and Chris.
A service celebrating Patricia’s life will be 2 p.m., Monday, June 22 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with a reception following.
Memorials may be given to Coffee Creek Riding Center for the Handicapped or Wesley United Methodist Church.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Patricia Ann Fuller
June 30, 2020
Growing up we had so many good times visiting with Pat and John. Good friends through church. My mom and dad played so much bridge with Pat & John and mom with Pat in a ladies group. Pat hosted a wonderful shower for me just before I got married. I have not seen her in years but Dad kept up with her. He was so sad not to be able to attend her service. Pat was a wonderful friend and we will miss her. Chuck you have our deepest sympathies. Sincerely, Karen Cline Dixon