Marie R. Fulton, 79, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Ridley Township, Pa., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, Del.
Fulton was born in south Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 14, 1937, daughter of the late Noble Manzi and Grace (DeFranco) Manzi. She had worked various jobs throughout her life, but Fulton prided herself on being a homemaker and raising five children.
She and her husband, Jim, traveled the world together, visiting 43 countries and most of the United States. Fulton also bowled for more than 40 years with various bowling leagues, was part of two different prayer groups, and also enjoyed playing cards. Fulton was also a member of the Red Hat Society, enjoyed riding her bike, kayaking, playing pickleball and line dancing. She was devoted to her family and would often talk about how, in each generation of her family, there were only four females, because Fulton had four daughters, four granddaughters and four great-granddaughters.
In addition to her parents, Fulton was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Fulton, in 2015; two sisters, Alma Gallagher and Rita Sankey; and two brothers, Buddy Manzi and Rocky Manzi. She is survived by five children, James A. Fulton Jr. and his wife, Joanne, Deborah Gallone and her husband, Joseph, Kathleen Milewski and her husband, Kenny, Diane Fulton and Dallas Hathcock, and Christina Sabin and her husband, Michael; 11 grandchildren, Nicole Fulton, Anthony Fulton, Kenny Milewski, David Fulton, Ricky Milewski, Joseph Gallone, Amanda Gallone, Michael Strolli, Stephan Strolli, Hope Sabin and Katarina Milewski; and seven great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017, at noon at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del., with a visitation starting at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.