Virgie Herrin Fuller, 87, of Somerset, Ky., passed away Nov. 3, 2009 at her residence. She was born on March 11, 1922 in Shopville, Ky. as the youngest daughter of the late Allen Custer and Ruth Alice Herrin.
Virgie taught at Pulaski County High School from 1950 to 1954, then at Somerset High School from 1954 to 1982. She taught college preparatory math classes: algebra, geometry, calculus and trigonometry. Virgie taught at Somerset Community College for two years. In 1959-1960 she went back to school at the University of Illinois and obtained her Master’s Degree. She came back to Somerset High School and introduced the pre-college math curriculum to the school system starting with the 8th grade class in 1960.
She was a member of the National Retired Teachers Assoc., Ky. Retired Teachers Assoc., Pulaski County Retired Teachers Assoc., National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Alpha Delta Kappa, Former Secretary of Ladies of the Lake Bowling Assoc., Teacher of Friendship Class of First Christian Church, Volunteer in AARP Tax Program for elderly, and Ky. Alpha Delta Kappa Hall of Fame.
Virgie is survived by her son, Hugh Kenneth (Leneda) Fuller of Paintsville, Ky.; and a daughter, Marilyn Fuller (Thomas) Burns of Somerset, Ky.; five grandchildren, Scott Lee Keeney, of Nancy, Ky., Martina (Monte) Keeney-Martinsen of Harrodsburg, Ky., Ginny Fuller of Paintsville, Ky., Toby (Tina) Burns of San Antonio, Texas, and Doug (Tammy) Burns of Somerset, Ky.; five great-grandchildren, Seth Keeney, Sarah Keeney, Kelli Burns, Abbey Burns, and Emily Burns; granddaughter-in-law, Melissa Keeney; and two special caregivers, Kathy Bundy and Mary Huckelby.
Preceding her in death are her parents; six brothers, Leslie, O. D., Floyd, Kentley, Lem, and Reno Herrin; and two sisters, Alma Whitaker and Beryl McKinney Noe.
Visitation for Virgie will be Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 after 5 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory. A celebration of Virgie’s life will be held Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory with Rev. Doug Couch officiating. Interment will be in the Randall-Herrin Cemetery in Shopville, Ky. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions may be sent to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, the Building Fund of First Christian Church or the Randall-Herrin Cemetery Fund. Somerset Undertaking and Crematory is in charge of all arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the Fuller family at http://www.somersetundertaking.com
Published in the Commonwealth Journal from 11/5/2009 – 11/7/2009