Mrs. Cornelia Thomas Fullinwider, whose
long life had exemplified an abundance of gentle service to neighbors and
friends, a leadership in cultural and civic affairs and an intelligent
appreciation of all that went on about her, died at 11:45 o'clock last night at
her home at 530 College avenue.
She was 86 years old last April 7. Her husband, Dr. Cassius
Henry Fullinwider, a Mt.Vernon physician of wide reputation, died Oct.
11, 1940, his
passing severing marital bonds of 43 years.
Mrs. Fullinwider possessed a pioneer
heritage that was reflected always in her solid, sound appreciation of
community progress and growth.
Her father was Enoch Elijah Thomas, a top-ranking Posey county
Democratic leader, whose successful business career included operation of the
first steam mill in Mt. Vernon, the Mt. Vernon wharfboat
in the former heyday of river traffic, steamboating
and in alter years a coal yard at Mill and West Second streets. His
political service was rendered officially as Posey county recorder, Posey
county sheriff, mayor of Mt.Vernon and a member of the city's Common
Council. The deceased's mother was Anne Weever,
a member of a Southern
that included men of professional distinction. Her paternal grandfather
George Washington Thomas, superintended the building
of the present Posey county court house.
Illness of a year of a heart condition that had resulted in
several periods of hospitalization and two months of serious illness preceded
Mrs. Fullinwider's death. But physical ailment
did not dim her alert mind or cultural pursuits.
The body is at Weisinger Funeral Home
where friends may call after Wednesday. The funeral service
will be at Thursday in Weisinger chapel. The
body will be cremated and the ashes interred later in Bellefontaine cemetery.
The family request is for no floral offerings.
Two daughters survive - Miss Anne
V. Fullinwider, Mt.Vernon and Mrs. W. R. Barr, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Mrs. Fullinwider at her death was the
oldest member in years of membership of First Presbyterian Church. She
was a member also of the Martha Hunter Guild of the church.
A member of one of the early graduating classes of Mt. VernonHigh school, she chose school teaching as her career
and taught in rural and Mt.Vernon schools, riding on horseback to teach at
her rural charges. She was a Mt.Vernon teacher at the time of her marriage.
Reading was one of her most enjoyed diversions and she was a poet
in her own right, much of her writing reflecting the keen sense of humor that
was so evident in her conversation.