Carol Virginia Ellinger Fulton
Carol Virginia Ellinger Fulton was born on September 29, 1925, to home missionaries Clarence and Beatrice Ellinger, and she did “pretty good for an old broad.” As a member of the Greatest Generation, she faced the challenges of the Depression and wars with determination and a smile. In high school she was a cheerleader and drum major of the band, going on to major in music at Western Michigan University, where she was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and found the love of her life, Tom Fulton, whom she married on June 23, 1951.
Carol had a fulfilling career as a professional soprano soloist and later as a music teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she received awards for her outstanding work with handicapped children. She and Tom found the other love of their lives, the Colorado mountains, in the 1970s, and purchased land near Glen Haven, where they lived in a tent every summer until they built their own home in stages so that it was completely paid for when they moved in for good in 1984. Carol adored being a mountain woman and became a well-loved member of the Estes Park and Glen Haven communities, known for her talent and generosity.
She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, serving as an elder, Stephen Minister, and choir member, looking forward to the day when she would be with her Lord Jesus Christ forever. That goal was achieved on December 20, 2011, at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom and by her namesake granddaughter Carol, leaving behind three children, Terry (Paul) Ciesielski, Scott (Becky) Fulton, Robin (Wagner) Leong, twelve grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, January 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. to be celebrated at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Carol’s family.