March 31, 1931 ~ December 8, 2020

Born in: Horse Branch, KY
Resided in: Pleasant Ridge, KY

Marcy VanFleet Fulkerson, 89, of Pleasant Ridge, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Marcy was born in Horse Branch on March 31, 1931 to the late Bryan and Bessie Young. Marcy graduated from Centertown High School and later went to Owensboro Community College for two years. Marcy loved being with her family and spending time with them. She was very giving and had a servant’s heart.

Marcy retired from the University of Kentucky Extension Department as a Nutrition Assistant. She was the former secretary of the Ohio County Board of Education, served as the first Ohio County Area Literacy Director, and later served as Green River Literacy Director for a seven-county area. From there, she became a receptionist at Owensboro Community College, where she then went to retire from Lady of Mercy Hospital in educational services.

Marcy was a member of the Ohio County Homemakers for over 60 years, serving on the county, area, and state levels. She received several awards including the Master Homemaker Award. She served in the county and area 4-H as a leader for 47 years, and received many awards on the county, area, and state levels. She served on the Ohio County Extension Council and the District Board. Marcy served on the Muhlenberg County KEHA board and the State Extension Council.

She was honored when April 9, 2008 was proclaimed as Marcy VanFleet Fulkerson Day by the Ohio County Fiscal Court. She was a Kentucky Colonial and served on the Audubon Area Board, and was a Charter Member of the Golden Partners. She was a past member of the Hartford Women’s Club. Marcy was also a part of the Historical Society, the DAVA, and a part of the Cotillion Club. In her younger years she taught Sunday School, Bible School and was the Bible School Director for No Creek Methodist Church. She was also a longtime member of Harvest Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, who she was married to for 36 years, James “Pee Wee” VanFleet, who passed away December 8, 1985; and her sisters Sylvia Durham and Reathel Tagge.

Marcy is survived by her husband of 24 years Ernest S. Fulkerson of Central City, her Daughters: Debbie (Danny) Hutchinson of Pleasant Ridge; Detra VanFleet of Summerville, SC, Donna (Danny) Sparks of Tavares, FL; step-daughter Wanda (Jimmie) Fulkerson of Central City; grandchildren Kristi (Tim) Hughes, Jaime (Scott) Norris, Ryan (Amanda) Hutchinson, Rachel (Nicholas) Mason; step-grandchild Andrew (Kelly) Potter; great-grandchildren Noah and Claire Norris, Peyton and Will Hutchinson; step-great-grandchildren Rowan and Madeleine Potter; sister Mildred Faught of Centertown; sister-in-laws Barbara Atherton of Owensboro and Pat VanFleet of Indiana; several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held Sunday December 13, 2020. Burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Hartford.

Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of donation to Harvest Baptist Temple Building Fund; 4430 Old Calhoun Rd, Owensboro, KY 42301

All twenty-five loved ones who wish to honor Marcy at the visitation and funeral are required to wear a mask while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Miller-Schapmire Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Fulkerson. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Marcy VanFleet Fulkerson, at

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  1. Dearest Family——I am so very sorry to hear of Marcy’s passing. It was my honor to have Marcy as my friend for nearly 50 years. Marcy was such a sweet, kind lady who was always there to help in everyway possible——just loved that lady. Prayers for your families and special hugs for my dear friends, Jaime and Scott. May God wrap His loving arms around your families as you celebrate a life well-lived and cherished.

  2. Detra,
    We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time but also a time to celebrate your wonderful and accomplished Momma. She was always so sweet to me the times I was around her! We love you and are praying for y’all.
    Robert and Kimberly Tyndall (and from my Momma, Paulette Laye

  3. It was my priviledge to know Marcy since she married Ernest Fulkerson and my departed husband, Ed, had known her since her early teenage years. A “classy lady” with a heart full of love for everyone. She and Ernest were good for each other and together created beautiful memories in the “second act” of their lives. I treasure being a witness to their love for each other and their devotion to family.

  4. I met Marcie several years ago. My family has always been friends with Ernest. Marcie was a sweet sophisticated lady. I always enjoyed being around her. I am so sorry for your precious loss.

    Brenda Brewer
    Central City

  5. So sorry for your loss. Marcy was always such a kind and gracious host to us Phillips’s from Indiana. Was so welcoming and easy to talk to. We are grateful that she was such a great partner to our beloved Ernest.

  6. Sorry for your loss may the Lord comfort your family during this trying time and may he give you peace.

  7. We are so very sorry for your loss! She was such a beautiful woman inside and out. Prayers for peace and comfort during this time. Sending our Prayers and Love to you all! Vickie Wilson (Danny) Gray, Ramona Wilson (Jason) Folds and Joyce Wilson.

  8. Growing up, I spent as much time at Marcy’s home as my own. Her daughter, Debbie, and I were best friends. Marcy was a beautiful, giving, kind soul. Debbie, please know I am thinking of you and your sisters during this time.

  9. Such a sweet lady…so kind and caring. She will be missed! Praying for this dear family. Bob Howard, Bobbi Young, Hope and Ernie Margelot

  10. Debbie and Family,

    I am very sorry for your loss. Marcy and Ernest were very dear friends and will be greatly missed. I will always cherish the time I spent with them.

  11. Marcy was one of the kindest people I have ever met. I met her in 2011 and visited her and Ernest a number of times over the next several years. She was a kind and welcoming person and was like another grandmother to me. Marci was an exemplary person, who was humble, gracious, honest, and warm. I feel blessed to have known her and will always fondly remember her. God Bless you Marcy and Rest in Peace.

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