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Elizabeth Russell Fullerton
  • September 03, 1922
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  • September 13, 2009

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Elizabeth Christian Russell Fullerton, 87, of New Smyrna Beach died unexpectedly  Sunday, September 13, 2009 at her home.  Elizabeth was born September 3, 1922 in Jersey City, NJ.  She enlisted in the United States Navy as a WAVE in 1943 where she met and married her husband, Donald, in 1946.  She lived in the Washington, DC area until Donald’s death in 1984.  In 1985 she moved to Casselberry, FL.  Elizabeth found happiness again when she met and married Walter Fullerton in 1987.  They lived in Oviedo and had a beach home in New Smyrna Beach.  Together they enjoyed traveling the world until his death in 1996.  Elizabeth continued to travel and has been to Africa many times.  Another passion of Elizabeth’s was “clowning around.”  She was a Christian clown and enjoyed telling people about the love of Jesus through laughter.  She was active in both St. Paul and Grace Episcopal Churches.   Elizabeth is survived by her two devoted children, Zola Cavanaugh of Casselberry and Tom Russell of Franklin, TN; their spouses Pat Cavanaugh and Anne Russell; her two cherished grandsons, Charles Whitmore of Boston, MA, and Thomas Russell of Rogers, AK; their spouses, Megan Whitmore and Stephanie Russell; and her cousin, Betsy Osborn of Winter Park.  Elizabeth’s faithful dog, Sassie, died on the same day as her.  In lieu of the flowers the family suggest donations be made to the Sunshine Corgi Rescue, 1515 Hanks Ave., Orlando 32814 or San Pedro Retreat  Center, FLM Scholarship Fund, 2400 Dike Road, Winter Park 32792-8104. 11:00AM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 1650 Live Oak Street New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 on September 18, 2009 (map/driving directions) 1:00PM at St. Augustine Catholic Church 375 Sunset Drive Casselberry, FL on September 19, 2009 (map/driving directions) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

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  1. 23 Sep 2009
    Douglas Morin says:
    Dear Zola and Thomas,

    What a gift to know, love, and be loved by your Mom! I hold close to my heart the many times spent visiting her, especiallly the time spent in May, 2009. Even though, it rained every day, I had a wonderful time. I take comfort that she is basking in Jesus' presence.

    Love, Douglas Morin

  2. 22 Sep 2009
    New Birth Worship Center, Inc. says:
    To the Family of Elizabeth Christian Russell Fullerton,

    Pastors Luther and Monique Hickley and the New Birth Worship Center family, would like to extend our deepest condolences in this time of your family’s loss. Sometimes words are not enough, but we pray that this simple act of love will begin the healing process. Psalms 119:50 says, “This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.”

    We hope that you would find comfort in knowing that we are praying for you in this most difficult time. May God continue to bless and keep your family.


    In Christ,
    Pastors Luther & Monique Hickley

  3. 18 Sep 2009
    Mike Bissell says:
    I had the pleasure of being in an "Alpha" class at church, with Betty about 2 years ago. She brought a lot to the class and I enjoyed her company. We shared stories about our prison ministries. I have never spent much time with anyone of Betty's age, as my parents were in their late 60s. She taught me much, in the 10+ weeks the class lasted.
    I feel blessed to have had that opportunity to know her!

    Peace

  4. 17 Sep 2009
    Charles Russell Griffin says:
    To Betty's Family, My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. I was so saddened to learn on Monday morning of the passing of my dear friend Betty. During my Cardiac Rehabilitation at Bert Fish Hospital Betty and I would share stories of our family and pets. She was indeed an awesome person, with so much love and kindness for everyone. I know that Rehab for me will never be the same without her. My heart also goes out for her dear close friend "Laurel". I now know that no matter how elaborate we plan or what possessions we aquire, we must fill ourselves with family and love as "Our Betty did". We are all moving toward the light and life is just too precious and short. My GOD continue to bless you and your family and remain by your side during the coming months and years.

  5. 17 Sep 2009
    Luz M. Baez says:
    So Sorry for your lost, my deepest sympathy. May God guide you and your family in these difficult times.

    Luz

  6. 16 Sep 2009
    Michelle Dillehay says:
    Dear Zola,
    I feel very fortunate to have met your Mom! What a special lady! Dave and I are praying for you and your family!
    With Love,
    Michelle and Dave Dillehay

  7. 16 Sep 2009
    Peg Bonnell says:
    Zola, the loss of a parent is never easy, especially when you were so close. Find strength in knowing your mother is in a better place and honor her menory by remembering the good times you both have shared.
    You and your family are in my thoughts.

  8. 16 Sep 2009
    Vivienne Williams-Josephs says:
    Zola I am sorry for your loss knowing how close you were to your mother.

    Best regards.

    Vivienne Josephs

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