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ORONO – Martha Fuller, formerly of Orono and Rome, Ga., passed away March 30, 2009, at the Maine Veterans’ Home, Bangor. She had been a resident there for several years and celebrated her 100th birthday Nov. 22, 2008, with a large party of friends and family, as well as staff and residents of the Maine Veterans’ Home. Martha, married to Col. Francis R. Fuller, was born in Rome, Ga., the daughter of Cleo Williamson Ledbettter and William T. Ledbetter. She was the oldest of four children. Her sister was Frances Ledbetter Elmore; and her brothers, William T. Ledbetter and Jack Ledbetter, who are no longer living. Martha moved with her family to Orono in 1943 and contributed to the life of the community and the University of Maine. She took a direct interest in the public schools and became manager of Orono schools hot lunch program after Col. Fuller’s retirement from active military duty. Martha had been an artist and studied with the faculty of the Orono Public Adult Education art classes; among them were Wowie Lyman and Phillip Brockway. Martha worked in many practical ways to promote the University of Maine Art Program, faculty and students as well and was honored with an exhibit of her paintings at the university in 1991. She had apprenticed with local sculptors and was a graduate of Haystack School Mountain School of Crafts. Her paintings hung in the Maine Veterans’ Home as a part of her participation in the activities program of the Maine Veterans’ Home. Martha was an active member of Friday Group of Working Women Artists in Eastern Maine and Daughters of the American Revolution. Upon retirement she volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor Inc., newly founded at that time. Martha was a presenter for the Readers Theater play titled “Old Age: Tradition Shelved or Shared?” – a project of the Maine committee on aging under a grant from the Maine Council for the humanities and public policy. Martha attended Shorter College, Georgia, and was a teacher in Opportunity Schools designed to provide economic mobility during the years of the Depression. She assisted her father to develop and market Cloudland Resort, on Lookout Mountain, at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in the 1930s. She participated in the organization of the Girl Scouts in North Georgia as a young woman and contributed to Martha Berry Mountain School at its inception. In the 1950s she managed and supervised the Lucerne-in-Maine Beach Club as a family business with her sons, William F. Fuller and Francis H. Fuller and her husband, Francis R. Fuller, U.S. Army Infantry, retired. Martha lived south of Johnny Mac’s brook, Orono, and enjoyed her gardens and a view across the Penobscot River to Big and Little Chick mountains. Her family is grateful to the many kind friends who have made her stay in Orono and Bangor, both social and stimulating. Martha is survived by her sons, Bill and Fran; her daughters-in-law, Judith Fuller of Bar Harbor and Carolyn Tall Drugge of Chesterville; and by her beloved granddaughters, Katherine Everrett and Marsha Jean Fuller. A gathering to remember Martha’s time in the community and at the Maine Veterans’ Home will be held 6 p.m. Monday April 6, at the Maine Veterans’ Home, 44 Hogan Road Bangor. Spring interment will be June 16 at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. Donations may be made in memory of Martha Fuller to the activities fund of the Maine Veterans’ Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith, LaBeau Chapel, 72 Main St., Orono.

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