On June 18, 1945, in Price, UT, the world was blessed by the birth of a sweet little girl, LaRae Sherrill.
Her parents were Ray Sherrill and Louise Seely Sherrill of Green River, UT, where LaRae spent the first 18 years of her life.
LaRae was a tomboy when she was in elementary school. She loved to play marbles, jacks, hopscotch, and jump rope.
At age 11, she chose to be baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As a senior in high school, LaRae met David Fullmer on a blind date. They were engaged before her graduation from Green River High.
David and LaRae were married June 27, 1963 in the Salt Lake Temple. The two of them started their family and made their home in Monticello, UT where LaRae lived until she passed away on September 20, 2016.
LaRae was blessed with five children to raise, and one waiting for her in heaven. Being a mother was her greatest priority.
She was the best cheerleader and supporter you could ever find. She rarely missed an event or activity the children were involved in.
Later, as a grandma, she continued to do the same. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life. She was willing drive for hours to show them her love and support. She loved when her family was all together and she could spend time with them.
Over the years, LaRae became a great educator. She spent time as an aide in a preschool and high school and then became an adult educator at the San Juan County Jail. Her tireless efforts to teach life skills helped many to better their lives.
Before retiring, she received a public service award and was named as The State of Utah Adult Educator of the Year in 2008.
Scrapbooking, growing flowers, and starting water fights are some of the things she will be remembered for. Her fun loving spirit brought many friends into her life, and they were very dear to her heart. She will be greatly missed by many.
LaRae loved serving. Her greatest service opportunities came through callings within the church, including cub scouts, young womens, as Relief Society President, Youth Sunday School teacher, and most recently as the compassionate service leader.
Perhaps the calling she cherished most was working in the Monticello, UT Temple. She served there for just under 13 years. It brought great peace and joy to her life in a whole new way.
LaRae is preceded in death by Ray Sherrill (father), Louise Sherrill (mother), Arlene Weighing (sister), and Curtis Davis (grandson).
She is survived by her husband, David Fullmer; five children Shon (Amy) Fullmer, Brett (Jennifer) Fullmer, Kyle Fullmer, Sherrill (Bryan) Bowring, and Franki (Ian) Burtenshaw; as well as 25 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Card of thanks
The family of LaRae Sherrill Fullmer would sincerely like to thank the community of Monticello, and all of those from afar as well, who have shown great love and support to us during the loss of our wife, mother and grandmother.
The beautiful flowers, food, cards, and kind words were very much appreciated by us all.
We also want to thank the emergency team, sheriff’s office, hospital staff and those who just showed up to provide help and support at the time of LaRae’s passing.
Your efforts did not go unnoticed, and we are so grateful for the help you provided.
Also, thank you to the Monticello LDS Second Ward for all of the help with the funeral and food for our family.
We will miss LaRae, the sparkle in her eyes and her enlivening laughter but know it will live on in the hearts of all who shared their grief with us during this difficult time.
The Fullmer family