Sally Jean Fuller embodied what’s known as the pioneering spirit. She was born in a tiny central Texas town called Belton. She was the third of three children born to Raleigh and Lucille Barnes.
Home for Sally and her siblings, Sonny and Marjorie, was a tenant farm that, at her birth, had no running water or electricity. Even decades later, her nieces and nephews can attest to the home’s rudimentary nature, as they ran out in the dark of night to the latrine, hoping they didn’t encounter rattlers.
Sally went to work at seventeen, and she never stopped until her retirement late in life. She followed her new husband, Novel Lee, to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he served as military police in the U.S. Air Force.
To make ends meet, Sally took a job as a flight attendant for a small airlines company making runs north and west of Fairbanks to Inuit settlements and military bases. She tells hilarious stories of her adventures at this job, including the generous fifteen minutes of orientation before her first flight. But that’s what people like Sally always did — they made the best of things with little complaint!
After Novel Lee’s stint in the military was completed, the couple returned to Texas. After time in Amarillo and Dallas, where Novel Lee worked and retired from the Dallas Police Department, they settled in Glen Rose. Both Novel Lee and Sally worked for TXU Energy at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Station.
Sally Fuller passed away on November 21, 2022 at the age of 87. She survived her husband, Novel Lee Fuller, and son, Gavin Fuller. She will be buried beside her husband and son in Landham Mill Cemetery at Glen Rose, Texas. Sally is survived by an extended family of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grand nephews, and cousins.
As a lover of animals, Sally has requested donations in her memory be sent to the ASPCA or other animal shelters in lieu of flowers.
Those who knew and loved Sally will miss her greatly!
Arrangements under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home.
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