Anna Kathleen (Tyson) Fulton

April 25, 1941 ‒ July 03, 2016

Lucas, Ohio

LUCAS: Anna Kathleen (Tyson) Fulton of rural Lucas, died after a courageous battle with cancer on July 3rd, 2016 in the company of her daughters for whom she lived.

Ann was born April 25, 1941 in Columbiana, Ohio to George and Kathryn Tyson. She attended Berea City Schools and graduated from North Central State College.  Her early working years were in the restaurant industry, in which she advanced to a manager with the Marriott Corporation.  In 1975 she pursued a career in school food service, first at Lucas Local Schools and then retiring from Pioneer Joint Vocational School in 2002 as Culinary Arts Instructor and Food Service Director.  She believed strongly in the value of vocational education and worked tirelessly to advance culinary arts as a career for her students; a number of whom went on to work as chefs at multi-star restaurants and on cruise ships.

Ann was President of the Ohio School Food Service Association and was the driving force behind state-wide training forums.  She was also a leader in the effort to establish a Lucas Branch Library.

In the late 1970’s and through the 1980’s she fulfilled her dream of learning to paint and play the piano.  She won numerous awards for her oils, including Best of Show at the Ohio State Fair.   Her still life oils and landscapes hang in many Ohio homes.

She was a 40 year member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church where her impact can be seen in the flowers she donated from her gardens, her original oil painting located in the back of the church, and a myriad of other decorating decisions that anyone who knows her well would know she coordinated down to the last detail.

Her daughters Renee, Gina, and Becky, as well as her grandchildren were the loves of her life. She was most happy on her farm, sharing her beautiful gardens with her family and friends, and in her later years her ‘adopted’ college student kids who came to live with her on the farm and regarded her as a second mom.

Ann loved to travel, especially to Rockport, Mass. on the ocean, where she vacationed numerous times over the years.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Arthur A.  Rossi, her parents, step-mother Helen Tyson, step-father Vincent Czarniewski, brother George Tyson Jr., sister-in-law Theresa Tyson, and her beloved in-laws Merle and Mary Jane Fulton.

Those living on with loving memories of Ann include her daughters, Renee (Steve) Smith, Battle Creek, MI, Rebecca (David) Gongwer  Mansfield, and Gina (Aloys) Kamwithi,  Lucas, with whom she had made her home during the long ordeal which cancer brings.

Also surviving are sisters, Billy Tyson, Sherrall Sadler, Lynn (Martin) Rosenberg, brothers Terry and Greg Tyson as well grandchildren, Sarah, Steven, and Matthew Smith and Michael Kisling and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her family will receive friends, Friday, July 8, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. in Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, 2769 Pleasant Valley Rd, Lucas, OH 44843, where her funeral service giving glory to God for the life of Ann Fulton will be held Saturday at 3 p.m.  Pastor David Aune will officiate.

She will be interred at the Highpoint Fulton Family Cemetery overlooking the farm she loved so dearly.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is serving the Fulton family.

Memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio or Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Anna was a light in this life and will be greatly missed. I enjoyed seeing her so much and will miss her smile and her humor. Rest easy, Anna…spread those wings and fly

  • Dear Gina and family,
    I was shocked to learn about the passing of your beloved mother, Anna. I was fortunate to have met her at your home in Lucas at two of your famous ‘Thanksgiving dinners.’ Your mother was kind, polite, and had a great sense of humor. She always created a conducive atmosphere, which made everyone feel welcome at her home. She was truly a sweet person, and has left behind a permanent positive impression.
    With fond memories,
    Scopas Poggo

  • Dear Gina, Aloys, and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss of a wonderful lady and mother. We were so glad to have been able to meet her at your house in Lucas. I remember her as kind and welcoming. It seems she was a big part of your lives and will live on in Gina.
    Our thoughts and prayers,
    Lowry and Ezra

  • “She is energetic and strong, a hard worker” Prov.31:17
    This writing ALWAYS reminds me of my Birthday-Twin…..My precious Auntie Ann. I will miss her contagious laugh, beautiful smile, fabulous hair and my goodness…..that loving, caring, giving spirit of hers. Her impact on my life can be seen in my love and passion for gardening and flowers and my love of art. If I could set up our farm even as half as beautiful as she did, I feel like I would have accomplished something in my life. I would love to open up our farm the way that she did and show the compassion of the Lord the way she did to others. I’m sure I’m not the only she impacted in this way. I’m so grateful that she is my Auntie Ann and I had the joy of having her in my life. Thank you God for the life of Ann Tyson Fulton.

  • I don’t think I can write much about my sister because I can’t quite crying enough.

    I feel like I have lost one of my best friends and will miss her terribly. I know she is in heaven now and practicing her jokes on the angels. Her sense of humor was so funny.
    She started painting several years ago and did marvelous!!

    There are so many things about Ann I loved!! The family reunions we had as a family we were able keep connected That were just awesome but we had to stop having them as Ann got sicker and weaker.

    I bless her for being the kind beautiful person she was and wish her all the love Heaven has to offer!!!!!!

  • I will miss you so very much
    you were my sister and one of my best friends
    We have shared so much over the years,
    the happy moments, and the trying ones.

    you were there for me when I needed support
    and love; not only for the emotional times, but
    also offering physical help when re-decorating was
    being done..and when I bought my new house, you
    offered a lot of ideas to make it a wonderful new home;
    even gave me things for my home.

    I loved you so much here on your stay in this
    physical world…and still love you now that you are
    in your real home….your big sis