On Feb. 11 Heaven gained an angel. Gay Ellen Fulton was born Gay Ellen Newell on Nov. 30 1942 in Fortuna Ca. She lived in Fortuna all her life except when she went off to Santa Rosa to attend college.

She met the love of her life while her car was broken down. He stopped to help her and that’s where their love story began. After a short time of dating they married and soon after welcomed the first of three children. They were married 59 years and until her last breath she loved her husband Jim unconditionally.

She worked at Bank of America ,where she took over as a teller for her mom when she retired. Later on, she went to work at Humboldt Bank until she decided to work as a teacher’s aide at South School for several years, she was known as Mrs. Fulton and was loved by the kids. After her kids were grown she went to work for The Harland Law Firm with her friend Sharon Berti until she retired. She loved her jobs and loved people.

After she retired her and Jim traveled in their 5th wheel. Some of her favorite places to go were Ruth Lake and Red Bluff. They also went to Wyoming to visit friends. Her most favorite trip was when her and Jim finally got to go to Hawaii. Gay loved the heat and she could be found in a lounge chair with a good book or swimming in a pool.

She loved to read and could finish a book before most people could start one. She had a beautiful smile that could light up a room. She had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone. She could see the best in everyone and was extremely forgiving. She believed in her maker and held onto her faith until the very end. She knew where she was going.

Gay is survived by her husband Jim, son Todd and his wife Jeannie, daughter Heather and (Dennis), sister Joy, brother Dennis and his wife Cindy and daughter in law Ranae. Her precious grandchildren, Lindsey, Kendra, Levi his wife Kelsey, Spencer, Hunter, Malela, Shayna, Tristen and Cheyanne. Great grandchildren Faith, Nathaniel, Peightyn, Penelope, Conrad, Wesley and Ryleigh and baby boy Fulton due in July. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including her dear friend Tammy. She is preceded in death by her biological father G. E. Newell her mother Helen and Dad Roy Simmons, son Jimmy and all her beloved fur babies. What a wonderful reunion that must have been.

She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Her family will continue to live their best lives in honor of her. We would like to thank everyone for their love, prayers and support during her battle with ALS.

Please join us on March 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Fortuna Fire hall to celebrate this beautiful ladies life.


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