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Catherine Elizabeth Lerner Fultz

You can shed tears that she is gone. Or you can smile because she has lived...

Catherine Elizabeth Lerner Fultz, better known as Kay, Kate or Katie, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012.

Born April 24, 1916, in Cambridge, she was a daughter of Frank and Ada Lerner and enjoyed being a part of a family that included five siblings, Max (Jean) who survives, brothers, Louis and Paul, and sisters, Martha Oakley and Dorothea Knott Warden.

In November of 1936, Kay married Charles Fultz, better known as Charlie to all who knew him, and they began life as a couple.  Together they reared four children:  Sandra (Homer) Mills, Dorothy (Bill) Hepner, Walter (Butch)(Diane) Fultz, and John (Judy) Fultz. 

Times weren't always easy as Kay and Charlie moved to various Ohio cities and towns, such as Cambridge, Columbus, Massillon and New Philadelphia, while trying to build a shoe business and support a family.  Eventually settling in Carrollton, they established C&K Shoe Store, turning it into a successful small town business for over 25 years.

After Charlie's death in 1971, Kay continued to own and operate C&K Shoes.  She was active in several local organizations such as Carrollton Business Women, Eastern Star, Children's Conservation League (CCL), and Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary.  She attended Carrollton First United Methodist Church.  In 1976, she sold C&K Shoes to her daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Homer.  She then retired to a condo community in Palm Harbor, FL, where she enjoyed an active lifestyle until her return to Ohio in 2003.

From 2003 until her passing, Kay spent most of her remaining years in Heath, OH, at Chapel Grove Inn.  While a resident at Chapel Grove, Kay was an active card and Bingo player, socializing at "the hub" and a Chapel Grove committee member.  The family thanks everyone at Chapel Grove for the excellent care given to her during the seven years she lived there.

Kay's death leaves an empty place in the hearts of her children:  Sandy, Dot, Butch, and John and their spouses; her grandchildren, Vicki Campbell, Cathy Mills, Jeff Mills, Kim Mills, Heidi Sole, Skip Hepner, Todd Fultz, Taryl Hafer, Chuck Fultz, Rose Axel, and Mark Fultz and their spouses, children and grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Fultz; and a great grandson, Alex Hepner.

A funeral service will be held Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. at Allmon Dugger Cotton Funeral Home with Pastor Lorie Lerner officiating.  Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery in Carrollton. 

Calling hours are Friday, Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m. with Eastern Star services at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. 

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