Carla Fulton, who had an easy laugh and loved crafting, teaching and the pleasures of her small-town community – but whose greatest joy in life was her family – died peacefully on March 19 at age 71 after a long battle with Parkinson’s.
Born March 5, 1950 in Souris, Man., Carla was the youngest child of Bert and Dorothy McDole. Her early school years were spent in Elgin, Man., where she enjoyed CGIT and figure skating, which she taught for a number of years. She took grades 10-12 in nearby Hartney.
After graduating from Hartney High School, Carla attended Brandon University, where she obtained her teaching certificate. She taught for two years in Hartney before moving to Birtle for another job. There, she would soon set down roots of her own. At a bonspiel in January 1973 in nearby Foxwarren, Carla met the love of her life: a young farmer named Rick Fulton. The pair were married a year later and moved a trailer on to Fulton Homestead NE 30-16-26, where they began to work the land with Rick’s father and brother. They later took over the family home when Rick’s parents -- Harvey and Millie – moved to town. It was in that house where Rick and Carla raised their beloved children: daughter Jill in 1978 and son Tim in 1980. A highlight for the couple during that period was visiting Rick’s sister and family in Germany in 1978 where they toured the Black Forest and sipped mulled wine in Nuremberg.
Although Carla took a break from the classroom to have her own children, she returned in 1985 as a teacher assistant. She was passionate about her students and loved the friendships formed with co-workers, continuing on until her retirement in 2017.
Carla cared deeply about her community. She enjoyed curling, was a CGIT leader, and member of the Birtle Health Auxiliary board. She was involved in her children’s activities. Summers were spent in the Birtle park, camping and watching her kids take swimming lessons, often followed by a soft ice-cream cone at the drive-in. Carla loved to take photos, whether it was of the crops, rainbows, sunsets or Tim’s hockey games, and then making scrapbooks or entries into the Birtle fair.
She was always up for road trips with friends, be it for Tim’s hockey, to Minot for the weekend or just a quick shopping trip to Brandon (which always ended with a stop at T’s for supper). She was a passionate collector (she loved Coca-Cola memorabilia) and a formidable cook with a penchant for Dr. Pepper.
Family was at the centre of Carla’s life, whether it was having nieces and nephews out to the farm, trips to Warren to visit her aunt, or Christmas celebrations. Carla was ecstatic when she became a grandmother and she loved nothing more than telling people about her Beau & Tucker.
Carla was pre-deceased by her husband Rick, parents Bert & Dorothy McDole, in-laws Harvey & Millie Fulton and brother -in- law Gary Fulton. Left to cherish her memory are: daughter Jill, son Tim (Brittany), grandsons Beau & Tucker; brother Jim McDole ,sister Janie (Tom) Breneman, sister-in-law Terry Fulton, brother-in-law Ken (Lucille) Fulton; nieces and nephews: Darcy (Phil), Andrea (Dave), Mark (Jen), Chris (Kerri), Jodie (Jon), Kara (Mike), Tara (Todd), Crystal (Matt), Jamie and great nieces & nephews: Holden, Reece, Trey, Emerson, Griffin, Claire, Luke, Oscar, Jack, Leo, Zach and Thomas
A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
Carla died peacefully at the Shoal Lake Personal Care with family by her side. We are grateful for their care, compassion and kindness.
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