BURNHAM - Ethel Vera Fulton McKillips, 102, (21 days shy of her 103rd birthday), of Burnham, died at 7:20 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at Golden Living Center-William Penn, Lewistown.
She was born on June 30, 1911, in Johnsonburg. In 1911, there were many firsts: 1st Crossing of the USA by a plane, 1st public elevator, 1st Indianapolis 500 Race, and 1st person to reach the South Pole.
Ethel was the daughter of the late Thomas Bert Fulton and Sarah (Gentzel) Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Janet, who died from bee stings at the age of two, a brother, Robert Earl, her husband, Samuel Harold McKillips, in 1971, and their daughter, Joyce Arlene Wilt (Harold Wilt) in 1972.
Ethel is survived by: her daughter, Doris Jean McKillips Hellerick, of Dublin; five grandchildren, Karen, Melissa, Beth, Bruce and Paul; eight great-grandchildren, Susan, Joyce, Lisa Marie, J.W., Victoria, Andrew, Eve and Joshua; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Ethel lived in the Lewistown, Honeybrook, Reedsville and Burnham area for the majority of her life. She was an avid reader and loved tending her flower garden. She was affectionately known by her family as Mom-Mom. Mom-Mom would tell the family from a young age that she "hoped to live long enough to see everyone get confirmed, graduate from high school, graduate from college, get married and have children." Mom-Mom saw this and much more during her long and fruitful life.
Early in life, Ethel was employed at the American Viscose Corporation and later at the Diane and Arlene Dress Shop in Lewistown.
She was a member of the Reedsville Evangelical Lutheran Church and a member of the ACTWU Retirees.
Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes Inc., 108 First Ave., Burnham with Pastor Carla Volland officiating.
Her family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.
Interment will take place in Church Hill Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.hellerhoenstinefuneralhome.com.