Anne Wilder Fulmer unexpectedly passed away from cancer on March 17, 2021. She was born 71 years ago, on Feb. 23, to Philip Sawyer Wilder, Jr. and Barbara Fluker Wilder. While her roots were in Crawfordsville, Ind., her heart was in New England where she spent summers with her grandparents and extended family.
Anne was a devoted and loving wife, mother, nana, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. She left an indelible mark on those who knew her best and a legacy of literacy in our community.
As the eldest child, Anne was a doting sister and took great pride in helping to care for her sisters Trish and Nancy. They remained close.
Exhibiting a hint of rebelliousness, Anne eventually moved to the Bay Area for college. She was working in downtown San Francisco when a friend from college introduced her to Mark Fulmer, who would become her beloved husband of over 40 years. They fell in love and were married on June 21, 1980, moving to his hometown of Visalia, Calif., where they raised daughters Elisabeth and Emily. Anne was a treasured, daily presence in the lives of her daughters and their families.
Following years spent as a kindergarten teacher and after surviving breast cancer, Anne retired in 2011. She spent her retirement with her family and serving on the board of the nonprofit Read for Life, supporting literacy in Tulare County. Anne championed Read For Life’s Books for Babies program, providing books and educational materials to new and expectant parents. She believed that every child deserves the gift of literacy and everyone has a role to play in supporting families in our community.
She is survived by her beloved husband Mark Fulmer; daughters, Elisabeth Tietjen and Emily Taylor; sons-in-law Alex Tietjen and Travis Taylor; and grandchildren Charlotte Tietjen, Josephine Tietjen and William Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Read For Life.