CAMBRIDGE Melba Ruth Fuller, 89, died Wednesday, August 22, at the Danforth AdultCare Center where she had been a resident for less than two weeks. She was the widow of Carson A. Fuller, who died in 1993.
Born in Moriah, NY, she was the daughter of Jared F. and Ruth (Howe) Cilley. The family lived in Wadhams and Melba graduated from nearby Westport High School. She later graduated from Mildred Elly Business School in Albany.
Melba and Carson met while he was teaching in Westport and were married on May 15, 1941. She stayed in Wadhams, working in her fathers general store, while her husband was serving his country during World War II. In 1949, Carson took a teaching and coaching position at Cambridge Central School and the family relocated to the village.
Melba was a wonderful mother and homemaker, known far and wide for her apple and lemon meringue pies. She ran a nursery school in her home for several years before working as a teachers aide at Cambridge Central School where she was fondly known as Mrs. Coach.
She was a member of the Mary McClellan Hospital Auxiliary and served as director of the Good Buy Shop for many years. Melba loved spending her time as a volunteer and was greatly saddened when the Hospital closed.
A devoted member of the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, Melba served as a Deacon, a member of the Session and until just last week was the church librarian and head of the Prayer Chain.
Collecting Heisey glass was a special hobby of hers.
Along with her husband, Melba is predeceased by a son, Douglas Carson Fuller.
She is survived by two daughters, Deborah F. Gardner and husband Bruce of Canandaigua and Pamela M. Fuller of Hamilton; two siblings, Alta Palmer and husband Raymond of Burlington, VT and Jared F. Cilley and wife Elizabeth of Essex Junction, VT; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Helen Fuller of Chatam, NY and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Celebration of Melbas life will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 11:00 AM at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, 81 East Main Street. A reception will follow in the Emma Holden Room.
Melbas ashes will be buried with her beloved husband and son in a private service at Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge.
The family requests memorial donations be made to either the Cambridge Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816 or the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 188, Cambridge, NY 12816.