BOSSIER CITY – Pearl Foley Fulgham passed away September 26, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on a Mississippi farm September 19, 1922 and raised during The Depression by her parents, Walter and Carrie Foley, with her brother, sisters and cousin; Lamar, Fannie Maude, Carolyn, and Jimmy. With the help of Aunt Viola and Aunt Fanny she was able to go to high school and college in a time when those luxuries were denied to many. She spoke of those years, not with complaints of hardship, but with appreciation of all that her family was to her and all the fun that they had despite the hard work. She left Mississippi to marry an Air Force pilot who was about to join the war. More hard times and long separations came as her new husband did his part in the Great War. Three baby girls later and a post war settling-in allowed for a quieter time. Pearl took root in Bossier City and worked with the Barksdale Officers Wives Club, the Methodist Church, and the PTA while taking care of her family. She always valued Bossier and joked that our community “should not be known for its humidity but for its humanity”. Pearl loved her life and everyone in it. She was a positive, look-on-the-bright-side kind of girl. She leaves behind a family and many life-long friends.
She meant many things to many people: to E.C. she was the “prettiest girl he had ever seen”, his war bride, dance partner, life partner for 69 years; to Ree, Suzi and Judy, she was a devoted mom and author of the Mommyisms, “clean your plate”, “wipe your feet”, “don’t kiss on the first date”, “love one another”; to Jon and Danny she was the kind of mother-in-law that they do not write about; to her grandchildren, Julie, Franklin and Laurie, she was their biggest fan, secret keeper, and hostess to sleepovers and summer vacation fun; to her great grandchildren, Payton, Riley, and Brooks Sartain; Chris, Matt and Lauren Norton; Emily, Catherine, Margaret and Tripp Roemer, she was the keeper of the candy jar, “famous” cookie maker, Christmas Eve host and little old granny; to her very special nephew and family, Jimmy and Linda Cranford, Carrie and Mandy she was mom, part sister, part friend; to the members of Parker Sunday School Class, Bossier First Methodist Church of Bossier City, she was a loyal loving friend and party-giver for forty years; to her community she was the bearer of apple pies when you needed a friend, someone to sit with in the backyard swing when you needed to talk, the girl scout leader and the pink lady at the hospital.
The funeral will be at First United Methodist Church of Bossier City at 201 John Wesley Blvd on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday, September 27, 2013 at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Pallbearers are Danny and Franklin Roemer, Jon Stephenson, Christiaan Sartain, Paul Norton and Jimmy Cranford. Honorary pallbearers are Ray Burgess, Milton Fulgham, Joe Fulgham, and Gene Morrison.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Roberson family of caregivers for their years of kindness and to the people of Montclair Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association .
You may share your special memories with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorial.com.