A lifelong resident of Petersburg, she was born Jan. 10, 1930, to the late Eugene and Beulah Darnell Sorrells.
Mrs. Fullerton, or "Ma" as she was fondly called by her family and adopted family, was an avid quilter who enjoyed volunteering, especially at the Petersburg Library, and offering help to anyone in the community needing a loving helping hand. A longtime member of the Bledsoe Church of Christ, she was known for her skills as a cook and was someone who always welcomed you into her home. A devoted Christian, wife, mother, aunt, and friend, she worked beside her husband on their farm, worked outside the home as a seamstress, and for many years owned and operated a small country store known as Fullerton's Grocery in the small community of PoGrab.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Sorrells Finley, and brothers, James "Jack" Sorrells and William T. "Bill" Sorrells.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, William E. "Bill" Fullerton; and their three children: daughter, Donna (Dan) Stone of Shelbyville, and sons, Bobby (Teresa) and David (Tammy) Fullerton of Petersburg; nine grandchildren, Lisa Mansfield, Garry Pinkston, Ashleigh Beyer, Alyssa Craft, Jennifer Williams, Jared Fullerton, Adam Fullerton, Kristin Foss, and Ashley Richards; plus nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister-in-law Jean Sorrells of Greenbrier, and brother Joe (Thelma) Sorrells of Texas, along with many nieces and nephews who loved "Aunt Mae."
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 24, at Higgins Funeral Home with Derrick Thompson and Steve Sorrells officiating. Burial followed in Old Orchard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.