Shirley Ann Fuller

BIG RAPIDS — Shirley Ann Fuller, 72, of Big Rapids, left peacefully with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at home, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on Oct. 18, 1943, in Clifford, the daughter of Michael and Agnes (Lipke) Gondick.

Shirley attended Catholic school in Reed City, then worked at Wolverine World Wide. In the mid '60s, she enjoyed making lots of friends and serving food to the locals at Casa Nova. In the early '70s, she became a secretary at Reith-Riley. Later, she was educated as a bituminous (asphalt) technician. Shirley continued her training as an aggregate and concrete technician. These skills were used to create proper road and highway specifications throughout the state. She was employed by Reith-Riley, Wilcox & Associates in Cadillac and Elmer’s Asphalt in Traverse City. After retiring from Elmer’s, Shirley was a monitor and later an instructor at Ferris State University, training others for bituminous, aggregate and concrete certification.

Shirley had a great love for horses. She enjoyed raising and training many horses. Her horses’ offspring continue to win ribbons now in Tennessee. Shirley also enjoyed gardening, quilting and attending her grandchildren’s activities and athletic events. She was a member of Big Rapids First Baptist Church, the Big Rapids Garden Club and a ladies quilting group. The last goal she set out to reach and accomplished was making 10 quilts, one for each of her children and grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by her loving family, including three children, JoAnn (Ray) Smith, of Shelbyville, Tenn., Tammy (Dave) Mercer, of Remus, and Mark (Linda) Fuller, of Big Rapids; grandchildren, Christopher, Cory and Chase Smith, of Shelbyville, Tenn., Andrea Hanford, of Livonia, Shawn Hanford, of Big Rapids, Haley and Michael Mercer, of Remus, and Remington and Wyatt Fuller, of Big Rapids; as well as many nieces and nephews. She also is survived by brothers, Michael (Margaret) Gondick, of Gowen, Bert Gondick, of Chase and Robert Gondick, of Taylor.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, JoAnn Gondick.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Big Rapids, with Pastor Bruce Peterson officiating. Family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A luncheon will follow the service. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Big Rapids. Shirley’s ashes will be spread on the farm in Grant Center where she enjoyed raising her children and horses, as well as on the family farm in Chase where she grew up.

Memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to the Mecosta County 4-H program with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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