Our mother, grandmother, gg, tata/auntie and friend Paulette Fortuneé Fuller, 94, of Boise, passed away Sept. 19, 2016 at home. Paulette was born June 13, 1922 in Algeria French North Africa to Emile and Emilie (Sebeoun) AbenDanan.
At an early age, Paulette’s family moved to Algiers, where she spent her formative years. In her teens, she developed her skill at millinery. Designing and creating hats became a lifelong trade, which provided her the means to come to America.
Paulette developed a love of America at an early age and vowed to someday move to the United States. In 1949, she left her family and friends in Algeria and traveled by ship to New Orleans, with San Francisco as her final destination. Soon after arriving, she began working in a hat factory, and later found employment in a private millinery shop. It was through acquaintances from her work she met her future husband, Rolly Fuller.
After a short courtship, Paulette and Rolly were married on June 24, 1950 in Reno, NV. They started their family while living in SF where Rolly Jr and Linda were born. They moved their small family to Boise in 1952 where Rolly’s parents were living. Their family grew with the birth of David and Vicky. Paulette and Rolly were married for 61 years at the time of Rolly’s death in 2011.
Paulette was an artistic and creative person. She was a stay at home mom raising 4 children, while creating a business out of her home. She made hats for the Mode Ltd and Carroll’s, personal clients and contestants of the Miss Wool Contest and taught millinery classes at the YWCA. For many years, after hats became less fashionable, Paulette began designing and making bridal veils. She loved creating things through sewing, making jewelry, knitting, and most of all sharing her creations with others. Paulette expressed her creativity performing for Boise schools talent night, making costumes and stage props. She was on bowling leagues and bridge clubs for years, where she made many wonderful friends.
Paulette’s other love was cooking. She and her sister carried on the tradition from their mother. She was always preparing something new and unique, always developing her culinary skills. She was happiest surrounded by her family and friends; hosting family meals at holidays and bringing family together for birthdays and barbecues. A good meal, a lot of laughter and usually a game for everyone to participate are memories we all share.
In retirement, Paulette and Rolly spent many years traveling with friends. They spent many summers on their boat in the San Juan Islands. They later retired from the sea and traded in the boat for a motor home, traveling to Arizona and Southern California in the winter, leaving the cold Boise weather behind. Growing up on the shores of the Mediterranean, Paulette’s love of the sea and sand never faded. She looked forward to spending time on the beach in the south of France while visiting family.
Paulette is survived by her children Rolly (Susan), Linda (Weeb) Martin, David (Susan), Vicky (Pat) Ferrell, 14 grandchildren and 19 greats; her sister Marcelle Fredj and niece and nephews Betty, Frederick, Rodolphe and Max all of France; sisters-in-law Patricia Truitt and Verta Fuller, brother-in-law Donald Fuller, and many nieces and nephews in the U.S. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Rolly.
Paulette’s family thanks the gentle care from Holly and the other care providers with MultiCare, and the staff at Heart ‘n Home, and the dignity, kindness and compassion from the providers at Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center and Women’s Specialty Center.
Services for Paulette will be Saturday, October 1st at 10:00am at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83706. Interment will follow at Dry Creek Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to join the family at Paulette’s home for a celebration of her life.
1922 ~ 2016