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    Ellen Ann Fuller, November 10 1949 - November 1, 2012

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    My favorite Ellen Ann Fuller Story - by Richard Donley Fox
    November 17, 2012
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    Hi, my name is Richard Donley Fox; I am the webmaster of this website. That is what I do for a living – http://www.richardfox.com.

    This will be my first of many of my favorite Ellen stories. First, I want to memorialize her here, to the best of my knowledge; second, it will be good therapy for me to deal with the loss of my closest friend for some twenty five or thirty years.

    I miss her desperately and don’t know how I will ever fill the gulf she has left me with. First I want to say that I am so happy for her. She is now home. She suffers no more.

    I also want to point out to you to look around you. Look at your casual acquaintances, your close friend and your family. I had no idea I would miss her this much and probably got impatient with her at times that if I had realized how important she was, I might have been a bit more patient with her.

    As difficult as Ellen was to be around sometimes, she is the kindest, loving, and generous person I have ever known. EVER.

    Now, to my first “favorite Ellen story”. (And I encourage you to share all of yours. By-the-way, if you have problems posting your photos of Ellen, send me a scan and I will post them for you. rdf@richardfox.com)

    I cannot remember the exact year, probably late eighties, that is what I believe is most likely, but, I do remember the weekend. It was the weekend of the New York Marathon.

    My room-mate, Larry, was working as a flight attendant for what was called then, America West Airlines. He got me and Ellen cheap tickets to go to New York with him for a long weekend, the weekend of the New York Marathon.

    Ellen and I flew on before Larry and we had a lay-over in Baltimore. Weather caused a delay and we actually got in to New York just a half hour before Larry was expected.

    So, on the outside chance Larry’s pilot would approve us hitching a free ride into the city with his crew, we waited at their gate.

    Thankfully, the pilot did approve Larry’s request to have us accompany them on their shuttle in to the city.

    Now, in order to fully understand just how funny this story is, you have to understand that Larry is a real tight butt person. Oh, everything is done strictly by the rules. He graduated Suma Cum Lade from Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Daytona Beach Florida. Real smart guy, but, played it strictly by the rules, no flexibility no painting outside the lines………..

    When Larry told Ellen that one of the other flight attendants was going on in to Jersey to stay with a friend, therefore leaving his room empty so Ellen would actually have her very own room, meaning she did not have to bunk with Larry and me, she blurted out in her usual loud voice, “Shoo god, I am going to make me some money tonight.”

    Because the pilot, co-pilot and the rest of the crew and any strangers that happen to be walking with us who heard the conversation blurted out with hysterical laughter, Larry almost died.

    Poor Larry. I am sure his embarrassment at that moment, is a memory he will carry the rest of his life………….

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    Ellen and me at my confirmation at St. Mary's Basilica, Easter Vigil, 2004

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