Vera Elizabeth Corlett Fulton

Belgium resident Vera Elizabeth Corlett Fulton, 82, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon.

Vera was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., to James and Dorothy Celia Moren Corlett. She graduated from Central High School in Kansas City and then worked in Washington D.C. as a secretary at the end of World War II. Vera was selected to be the very first GI sweetheart. She married R.C. Fulton in 1946 in Kansas City.

Vera and R.C. moved to La Jolla, Calif., where two of their daughters, Kathryn Diane and Linda Elizabeth, were born. They returned to Missouri in 1950, and moved to Olathe, Kan., in 1951, where their other two daughters, Corlett Ann and Marilyn June, were born.

Vera was a longtime member of Unity Church on the Plaza in Kansas City, where she was a teacher in children’s Sunday school and a secretary. After R.C.’s death, she joined Grace Methodist Church in Olathe, Kan., where she had many friends and was involved in bible study.

Vera was very active in gardening. She also was president of the Olathe Garden Club and worked on flower shows for the Old Settlers. In 1960s, Vera was a secretary for Olathe Public School until her retirement in 1980. In 2004, she moved to Belgium with her daughter Marilyn. Vera was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Cedarburg and was a member of Tabitha Circle, a ladies’ group.

Vera is survived by her children, Kathryn (Corky) Dodson, Corlett (David) Deckard and Marilyn (Don) Payne; grandchildren, Travis (Chrissy) Dodson, Tony Kingsley, Jared (Heather) Kingsley, and Phillip Payne; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Peyton, Gracelyn, Dillan, Darian and Lena Grace. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorothy Celia Moren Corlett; husband, R.C., in 2000; and daughter, Linda Elizabeth, in 1963.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or the National Arbor Day Association are appreciated.

Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family. For online condolences please go to