Earlene "Leni" Francella Fuller; 84, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida passed away on November 18, 2018 from natural causes. Leni's life experience was represented as a teacher, coach, volunteer, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
Leni was born in Schenectady, New York in 1934 to Elizabeth and Earl Fuller. She graduated from Nott Terrace High School and then from Butler University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Leni later received her Master of Education Degree from the University of Miami in 1967 and was a Member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education.
Leni was a dedicated teacher in Physical Education and Science from 1961 to 1991 at the Southwood Junior High School in Dade County, Florida. She also coached many extracurricular activities at Southwood Junior High School including swimming and took her school to victory by winning the 89 State Swimming Championship. In 1991, Leni received an Honorary Certificate of Appreciation from the Dade County Public School Department.
After retiring from the school system, Leni went on to be a volunteer with the Fort Pierce Police Department and later the Port Saint Lucie Police Department. As a dedicated volunteer she was awarded in 1995, 1996, and 1997 the Fort Pierce Police Department Citizen Appreciation Award. In 1997 Leni was awarded by the Saint Lucie County Sheriffs for Exceptional Achievement Pursuant to the Course and Scope of Employment. She was also awarded in 2010 by the Port Saint Lucie Police Department as Volunteer of the Year Award.
Leni is survived by Clinton J. Ford son, granddaughter Ashleigh J. Garcia, grandson Austin J. Ford and great granddaughter Audrina J. Garcia, and niece Catherine E. Rebhun.
Visitation Thursday, December 6th from 11:00 A.M. ~ 1:00 P.M with a funeral service beginning at 1:00 P.M. at Fred Hunters Hollywood Memorial Garden Home, 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood. Entombment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.
"Leni was like a second Mother to me and she always told me I was like a Daughter to her. I saw her just about every week for the past 10 years and have known her at least 17 years. We shared allot of stories, had lots of laughs as well as a few tears. I'm so thankful for the time we shared together and I know she truly appreciated all of the help I provided to her. She always told me that I was a blessing and was always there for her and that she didn't know what she would ever do without me. Leni will always hold a special place in my heart and will be forever missed. RIP my dear Friend. Love, Cherie McCarthy"
"Leni was a remarkable woman. She volunteered with the Port St. Lucie Police Department for over 20 years. She was always there to give her time and energy to the residents of the City. She was our parking enforcement and lobby reception volunteer. She was our volunteer of the year for 2010. We will miss her dearly.
Thomas Andrew, Volunteer Coordinator "
"I remember the many times we would speak about her volunteering. Always proud of her dedication to her job. I remember her many wonderful companion dogs. I remember spending Thanksgiving with Leni. Just me her and her dogs. A teacher, a mom, a grand mom and an eternal friend. Blessings!"