Nancy Newman Fulgham
Mrs. Fulgham graduated from Suffolk High School in 1951 and from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1955. She was the Homecoming Peanut Queen at Suffolk High School.
Mrs. Fulgham was a long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Suffolk Literary Club, and the Nansemond River Garden Club. She volunteered for many years with the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program in Suffolk. She loved Cape Hatteras and was a member of the Hatteras Marlin Club. One of her favorite activities at Hatteras was to start each day by going swimming before breakfast. She was a voracious reader with a particular interest in the Civil War, World War II, and China. She was also an avid and talented cook and gardener, and her needlepoint creations are legion and legendary.
She was a lovely and extraordinary person. Mrs. Fulgham “never met a stranger”; she was interested in people, places, and ideas.
Although a woman of the South for most of her life, Mrs. Fulgham was also a Connecticut Yankee who was proud of her ancestor, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of Maine, the Union hero of the Civil War battle of Little Round Top at Gettysburg.
Dr. William Mathews Fulgham, Mrs. Fulgham’s husband of 59 years and the love of her life, predeceased her in 2014. She is survived by a daughter, Katherine Fulgham Bryant and her husband, Lawrence H. Bryant, of Norfolk; a daughter, Julie Fulgham Galleher and her husband, M. Huntley Galleher, of Saluda, Virginia; three grandchildren: Nancy Bryant Pappas and her husband, Alex Pappas, of Washington, D.C., Charlotte Mathews Bryant of New York, N.Y., and William Huntley Galleher and Alexandra Gol-Chambers, his wife, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and a great-grandchild, Mae Lawrence Pappas, of Washington, D.C.
A memorial service will be held at the Suffolk Christian Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019, conducted by the Rev. Michael D. Halley. Burial will be private in Holly Lawn Cemetery. R. W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St, Suffolk is assisting the family. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program. The family gives special thanks to the staff at Harbor’s Edge in Norfolk, and to Mrs. Fulgham’s caregivers, especially Joanne Walker, Ella Collins, Shenay Hawk, Dee Stancil and Cecelia Carson.
Suffolk Christian Church
216 N. Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434