On Saturday, April 9th, 2022, Lea Mae Fuller, 66, of Temple, Texas, passed away at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, surrounded by her family. She was a true warrior throughout her life, battling numerous health conditions.
Lea was born on February 24th, 1956, to Elinor and Merrill Maahs of Green Bay, Wisconsin. She was a 1974 graduate of Sturgeon Bay high school and an avid participant of Job’s Daughters. Following graduation, Lea attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a primary interest in serving others. Two years later, she journeyed south to El Paso, Texas, to attend nursing school at the University of Texas El Paso.
Lea received her BSN from the University of Texas El Paso in 1979, initiating her career as a registered nurse. After graduation, Lea relocated to Lubbock, Texas, to continue her nursing career and begin a family of her own. She wed William Edward Fuller, Jr. on March 15th, 1986 (divorced 2007) and together they raised three children, Laura, Kaitlin, and Landon Fuller. She was a loving mother who valued family, education, and faith and engrained lasting, positive attributes in her children.
Lea was passionate about nursing and loved her occupation immensely. She held numerous nursing positions throughout the Lubbock community, including a postpartum charge nurse at Methodist Hospital, one of the founding nurses of the labor & delivery program at Highland Hospital, and multiple school nursing positions within the Lubbock Independent School District for a total of 11 years. (Bayless, Iles, & Wheatley Elementary Schools)
Lea was a woman of God and let her spirituality radiate in her daily life. As an adolescent & young adult, she served the Lord as an Eastern Star in the Moravian church. In 1985, she led Texas Tech Wesley Foundation students on a mission trip to Shiprock, New Mexico to provide service & discipleship to local Navajo tribes. Later in life, Lea helped instill God’s word in children as a Sunday school teacher at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas, during the 1990s. She demonstrated compassion, empathy, and honesty to everyone she knew.
She loved to sew, shop, cook, bake, read, and visit with friends and family in her free time. She adored the Green Bay Packers, country music, and Mary Engelbreit! Lea was competitive in nature and loved card and board games! She had an infectious laugh and cherished all animals. Lea loved sailing and lighthouses and especially enjoyed her return visits to Door County, Wisconsin. She will be dearly missed.
Lea is preceded in death by her parents Elinor & Merrill Maahs, niece Whitney Balentine, and brother-in-law Thomas Balentine.
Lea is survived by her three children: Laura Fuller & spouse Laurel Anderson, Kaitlin Fuller & spouse Dagan Moore, and Landon Fuller, her eldest sister Paula Balentine, niece Jennifer Bremer, three grandchildren: Cohen & Vayda Moore, and Koryn Fuller, and several grand dogs and cats.
Services will be held at Aldersgate Church (Lubbock, Texas) on Friday, June 10th at 11 a.m., all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to ASPCA.
Our family is grateful to know that Lea is finally at peace in heaven.