Frances Elizabeth Fuller

Frances Elizabeth FullerFrances Elizabeth Fuller died on July 14, 2013 of complications of cancer. She was 60.

Her memorial service will be held on July 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Trona.

Fran was born on Feb. 25, 1953, in Stockton, Calif., to Vernon and Evelyn Hobbs. Her childhood was spent in Stockton. After her father, who worked for the government, was transferred to Germany, Fran graduated from high school in Germany.

She came back to the United States with son Richard. For three years she and Richard lived on Bradford Island in the San Joaquin River in a floating house with no electricity. Every day she would pilot a motorboat to and from where Richard could catch the bus for school. In time, she was also mother to Cassey, Steven, Sarrah and Ryhan.

She met William C. Fuller III, artist, when she was working at Montgomery Pass, Nev., as a line cook and pie maker in the casino’s restaurant. Her nickname was “One Pan Fran.” Bill was driving on Highway 120 toward the pass in the rain when a sudden lightning strike hit close enough to his truck to damage the engine and scramble his thinking. Somehow he made it to the pass, shaky from his experience.

Fran offered to pay for the parts he needed to get the engine fixed so he wouldn’t be stuck in the remote spot. She was not interested in being paid back, just that he pass the good deed on.

Later, he returned to the pass and paid her back. He took a job there at the casino. They fell in love and moved to Bill’s home town of Trona. They married on Nov. 5, 2010.

Fran was renowned as a cook, piemaker, quilt maker and seamstress. If you were in a bind, Fran was there. You might come by with a frown, but always left with a smile. Fran was a follower of Jesus Christ and was a friend to many people.

“She was quite the strong woman,” said Bill. Over the past few years, Fran and Bill fought her cancer as a team. This time, which was precious to both, brought them even closer together.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, five children and three grandchildren. She will be missed.

Bill extends his deep gratitude to the many caring and loving people who assisted during Fran’s illness. “All the staff members at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and outlying services of Special Care Divisions are so very well trained and professional at all times. The sincerity of love and thoughtfulness during this difficult time is more than one can measure. The Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Staff truly make one feel at ease and assured of one’s situation status.

“I don’t want to leave anyone out, so rather than single anyone out for their excellent work, I thank every one at once! Except for Our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is singled out always!” Bill wrote.

Submitted by the family of Frances Elizabeth Fuller

Story First Published: 2013-07-24