Baker City, Oregon
Nettie Lee Fuller, 87, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 16, 2003, at her home.
Her funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop David Richards of Second Ward will conduct. Visitation will be today from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Interment will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. Following the committal services, everyone is invited to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center on Gekeler Lane in La Grande.
Nettie Lee Whittenberg was born Oct. 13, 1915, in Detroit Lakes, Minn., to O.W. Whittenberg and Zoe Edson (Bandy) Whittenberg. In the fourth grade Nettie Lee and her family moved to Eugene, where she graduated from high school.
In 1945 she married the love of her life, G. Lowell Fuller. They lived in Baker City and raised their five children, Dee, Larry, Gary, Sonya and Zoe Anne. She and her husband opened and ran the Fuller Insurance Agency until 1962, when they sold their agency to son, Larry. They then bought and ran a cattle ranch along Pocahontas Road until Mr. Fuller died. Nettie Lee then bought a house in town, where she lived for the next 20 years.
Nettie Lee was very active in her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was the Stake president of the Relief Society for six years, and later head of the German Extract Program. One of her many favorite pastimes was her beautiful drawings, as well as cooking for her family and friends. She also loved sewing quilts for her family, among other things. Another love was teaching and spending time with her many grandchildren, who were the apples of her eye.
She is survived by son, Dr. Dee Fuller and his wife, GeorgAnna, of La Grande; a son, Larry Fuller and his wife, Linda, of Umatilla, a son, Gary Fuller of Pleasant Valley, a daughter, Sonya Givens, who is serving her mission for the LDS Church in Australia, and a daughter, Zoe Anne Spriet of Baker City. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Nettie Lee was preceded in death by her husband, G. Lowell Fuller; a brother, Jack Whittenberg; a sister, Martha Whittenberg; a son-in-law, Harley Spriet; her father, O.W. Whittenberg, and her mother, Zoe Edson (Bandy) Whittenberg.
Contributions in Mrs. Fuller’s memory may be directed to Pathway Hospice or to the charity of your choice. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 20, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor