Lee Fuller (Little Momma), surrounded by children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, died on August 1, in North Chatham. She was born on October 13, 1924, in Worcester, Mass. Her almost 94 years of life were extraordinary, full of passion for social justice, her family, animals, the nursing profession, especially Hospice, and the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House.
In matters of social justice, she was unstoppable. In the 1950’s she worked with the International Institute to help settle Hungarian refugees in Massachusetts. During the Vietnam War, she was a proud anti-war protester, marching for peace and joining anti-war activities. In the 80’s, she supported the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, making two trips to Managua once as a Brigadista to work in the coffee harvest, and the second time to set up healthcare clinics in rural areas. Her social justice activities brought her to the attention of the FBI, a fact she was quite proud of.
Lee graduated from the first class of Nurse Practitioners at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and was the first to practice as a Nurse Practitioner on the Cape. She loved this role, especially during her years working with Cape Cod Hospice, an organization that supported her beautifully at the end of her own life.
Lee had fulfilled personal dreams as well: a safari in Africa, sailing on the Aegean Sea, white-water rafting on the Snake River, RV camping across the USA, and getting a tattoo. Her beloved husband David Loomis, before preceding her in death, brought her some of the happiest years of her life. She is survived by five children, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Her loving energy has inspired us all.
A memorial service will take place at 3:00 P.M. on Sept 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Chatham with a celebration to follow nearby. Donations in her name may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Chatham or the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice.