Minnie Ella was born June 6, 1919 to Patrick N. Fulcher and Ruth Crist Fulcher in Blanco, Texas. Her father, Pat, was a respected teacher and principal of Blanco, Texas schools. Her mother, Ruth Crist, was from one of the founding families of Blanco. She had one older sister, Janet Fulcher (Schoenfeld) who preceded her in death in October, 2000. She was very close to her sister; they spoke to each other at least once a week and spent most Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays together with their families.
Her family moved to San Antonio from Blanco when she was a youth where she attended and graduated from Brackenridge H.S. and later Draughon’s Business College. She married James B. Lemons in 1947 and they had one son, Benjamin J. Lemons, in 1952.
Minnie worked most of her life in clerical work until retirement at age 65. She worked for Texas Pharmacal Company in the shipping and packaging departments, retiring after 17 years service. She made many lasting close friendships while working there. Previously she worked as a legal secretary and for AT&T and Alamo Iron Works for many years each.
Her hobby was doll and antique collecting. She acquired many collectible dolls over the years including many exclusive Madame Alexander and Barbie collectibles. She enjoyed attending doll conventions and trade shows with many of her other doll collecting friends.
She had more dolls than would fit in her small home so she purchased a storage building to hold some of the extras. She also enjoyed collecting movie and film memorabilia from movies from 1930’s to 1960’s eras.
One of the things she was most proud of was taking driving lessons and learning to drive around age 40 for the first time. She said could never learn on a manual shift transmission and had to wait for the automatic shift transmission. She was a good driver, having only one accident and one traffic ticket over the years.
She was a longtime member of Aldersgate Methodist Church. Although she did not often attend church later in life she read the bible daily until no longer able.
She is survived by one son, Benjamin J. Lemons and her nephew, Charlie Pat Schoenfeld.
She was a very good mother to her son Benjamin and did without many material things to provide for her family. She will be dearly missed.
“When I look back upon my life I hope that I can say; there have been just enough detours in it to find the right road and just enough clouds to make a beautiful sunset.”
Visitation will be on Monday, March 21, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Porter Loring.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE. TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011, 10:00 A.M. MISSION BURIAL PARK SOUTH.