Thelma A. Fuller, obituary

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 7:15pm

SPRUCE HEAD — Thelma Fuller, 92, passed away peacefully in her home in Spruce Head, after an extended illness.

Born on Whitehead Island, on January 26, 1929, she was one of nine children born to Frank and Edna Alley. She was raised and attended school on Whitehead Island, where her father served as assistant lighthouse keeper. She also attended Rockland High School.

On December 30, 1957, she married the love of her life, Nathan Fuller, and they have enjoyed 63 happy years together. They lived for a time in St. George, and eventually built their current home in Wheeler’s Bay in Spruce Head.

Thelma never worked outside the home, but instead kept meticulous records of her husband, Nathan’s, lobstering business from their wharf in Wheeler’s Bay. She enjoyed spending time with her siblings and their families, sharing recipes with her sisters, and spending summers on Hewitt’s Island with her sisters Agatha and Alice and their families. Her favorite thing to do was to sit on her couch at home, enjoying the view through her picture window overlooking Wheeler’s Bay. She always had her binoculars nearby, so she could see everything that was going on in the bay, the ducks, geese, eagles, kayakers, lobster boats coming and going, and the lobstermen unloading their day’s catch. The bay was her life, her simple pleasures for a simple but happy life.

Thelma will be dearly missed by all who are lucky enough to have known her.

Thelma was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Edna Alley of Beals Island; three sisters and their spouses, Agatha Flood and her husband Steve of Rockland, Vada Bowness and her husband Harry of Owls Head, and Alice Rackliff and her husband Frank of Spruce Head; three brothers and their spouses, Vincent Alley and his wife Lynette of Spruce Head, Virl Alley and his wife Ruth of Old Orchard Beach, and John Alley and his wife Ernestine of Beals Island.

She is survived by her husband, Nathan Fuller, of Spruce Head; her sister Evelyn Lucas of Rockland; her brother Steve and his wife Lois of Glen Cove; many nieces and nephews and their multitude of children.

Her husband would like to thank all the friends and family who cared for his wife during her illness. He would especially like to thank the caregivers from PALS for living, who provided loving round-the-clock care.

Due to the time of year, burial and memorial services will be announced in the spring. To share a memory or story with Thelma’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.