Martha (Marty) Ann Laidley Fulton, age 89, passed away on September 16, 2018, just one day shy of her 90th birthday. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Quayle Fulton, Sr. until his death on November 2, 2005. She is survived by her children: Thomas Quayle Fulton, Jr. (Kathy Hardesty) of West Farmington, Ohio, Janet Fulton Taylor (Rick) of Estes Park, Colorado, Joan Fulton Gangl (Alan) of Seattle, Washington, Ann Fulton Johnson (Patrick) of Littleton, Colorado, Jane Fulton Wegener (Dave) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Robert Laidley Fulton (Teri); grandchildren: Adam Gangl, Alison Gangl Rucker (Ja’Rel), Susan Taylor Darby (Bruce ), Sarah Wegener Good (Andrew), Katie Wegener Donovan (Jim), Dylan Johnson, Meghan Johnson, Courtney Fulton, Blake Fulton, Carolyn Hardesty Ostrander (Eric) , Jenny Hardesty Dunlap (Chase), Heather Hardesty Baugher (Jesse); great grandchildren: Summer Jeanne Darby, Arlo Jamison Darby, Lily Mae Baugher, Charles Quayle Baugher, June Rose Dunlap, Waylon Cosper Dunlap; sisters: Nancy Krum and Susan Laidley (deceased).
Marty was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 17, 1928. As a child she spent time in California and Iowa before landing in the Cleveland area in her teenage years and lived here until her death. She attended Wells College in New York State and married Thomas Q. Fulton (Tom) in 1950. The two raised their family in Bainbridge, a suburb of Cleveland.
Throughout her adult life Marty was involved in many creative endeavors while raising her children. She and her husband were active in local community theater, acting in many of the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre productions, and in their own community theater, the Kenston Players. In addition, in 1962 they opened a family-style restaurant in Bainbridge named The Fife ‘N’ Drum, designed around the theme of America in 1776. She also owned and operated the popular Poppy Shoppe; a Hallmark card and gift shop in Chagrin Falls which opened in 1969.
One of her greatest joys was being a part of the Federated Church Ensemble, where she sang 1st alto for 25 years. All her creative and musical endeavors brought much meaning to her life, but her greatest pride and joy were her children, and she was their greatest cheerleader and champion.
Marty died peacefully, surrounded by family.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Federated Church chapel. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Federated Church, 76 Bell St, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.
76 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls OH 44022