Obituary: Mary Ann York Fulton


The funeral of Mrs. James W. Fulton of Blaine, was held on Sunday, Dec. 10, 1911, at the residence of Mr. B.L. Tapley, her son-in-law, with whom she had made her home for the past ten years.

Interment was at the Mare Hill cemetery. The officiating clergyman was Rev. Benj. Beatty who spoke words of comfort and cheer to a very large circle of sorrowing relatives and friends. Appropriate music was furnished by a choir consisting of Mr. And Mrs. E.L. Lowell, Miss Susie  Bubar and Mr. E.M. Fulton.

She passed away Friday, Dec. 8th, after an illness extending over a period of more than two years, during which time she bore her suffering with great fortitude and patience, no word of complaint ever being heard. She was tenderly cared for during her long illness by her husband and her daughter, Mrs. B.L. Tapley, and everything that loving hearts could suggest and willing hands could perform was done to smooth her pathway down to the close of life.

Deceased was the oldest daughter of Richmond P. and Susan York and was born at Wakefield, N.B., Nov. 24,1827, hence she was 84 years and 14 days old at the time of her death. At 22 years of age she married Mr. James B. Shaw and with her husband removed to Mars Hill in the early settlement of that town. After the death of her first husband she married James W. Fulton and continued to reside at Mars Hill, until coming to this town about 10 years ago.

During her early married life at Mars Hill she experienced many of the hardships and privation incident to pioneer life in a new country all of which she met cheerfully and uncomplainingly. She was a woman of strong domestic tastes, quiet and unassuming In manner, caring little for the demands of society, her home being her world in which she was ever ready and willing to labor and sacrafice for the good of her family, in sickness or trouble she was always ready to lend a helping hand and many of her neighbors and friends remember with gratitude her kindly ministrations and cheering words. No night was to dark nor no storm to severe to hinder her from going to the relief of those who needed help, when neighbors were few and far between and the services of a physician difficult to obtain.

The very large number which assembled at the funeral and followed her remains to the last resting place attested to the high respect in which she held in the community. It can well be said of her that a good woman has gone to her reward, and while the community and the family are the poorer for her passing yet she has left behind her the rich example and influence of a true Christian life and character.

Deceased is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Lydia Buchanan of Centreville, N.B., Mrs. Serena Baker of Victoria Comer, N.B., Mrs. Susan Edwards of Woodstock, N.B. and Mrs. John Margeson of Michigan. She also leaves to mourn their loss a husband and three children, Mr. Elisha E. Shaw of Bridgwater, Mr. Stinson P. Shaw of Mars Hill and Mrs. B.L. Tapley of Blaine. – A J.F.

This memorial for Mary A. Fulton (York) was written by Dr. Aaron Jones Fulton, Mary’s brother-in-law. Dr. Fulton was 60  yrs old at the time and vary active with­in the communities of Blaine and Mars Hill.

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