Eleanor Hughes-Fulmer

Obituary of Eleanor Margaret Hughes-Fulmer

Eleanor Margaret Hughes Fulmer (Peggy), of Princeton, New Jersey died on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton from complications related to a stroke. Born on March 15, 1933 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania Peggy grew up in Ardmore, PA. Her parents Eleanor McGinley Murdoch and John Patrick Murdoch predeceased her. Peggy attended elementary and high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Overbrook, PA. She was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, MA and also attended Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. Peggy lived in Princeton for most of her adult life, and was an active member of the community. In particular Peggy and her first husband Jim were proud of their work with Stuart Country Day School. They were long-time supporters of Stuart and instrumental members of the Stuart community from the very beginning – and Stuart has been an important part of Peggy's life for over 50 years. She was actively involved for most of this time in many different ways, including Stuart Parent Association (which she co-founded), the Stuart First Friday Prayer Group, and as grandparent chair of the Stuart Fund, to name a few. In 2005 she wrote, "I am thrilled that my daughters and grandchildren have been so enriched by Stuart's academic curriculum, which is rooted in faith and strong values." Peggy worked in real estate sales for over 40 years. She began her career with John T. Henderson Inc. and most recently was with Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty. She was a consistent top producer earning a reputation for professionalism and integrity. Among her many designations and awards Peggy received the Realtor Emeritus status from the New Jersey Association of Realtors and was a recipient of the Distinguished Sales Award. Peggy was also an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of McCarter Theatre, member of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, former chairman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Hun School of Princeton and recipient of the prestigious Community Service Award. All who knew Peggy will remember her for her kindness and graciousness. She had an amazing ability to make everyone feel welcome and part of her life. Peggy loved to travel and was able to realize that dream, having been to almost every corner of the world. More than anything though, Peggy loved her five children and 14 grandchildren. Their favorite memories include summers at the shore, new pajamas every Christmas and large family gatherings over the holidays. Her special name for her children and grandchildren was love bugs. She enjoyed walks, dancing, music, theater, and serving her community through volunteer work. Peggy was preceded in death by her first husband James J. Hughes Jr, and her second husband Thomas S. Fulmer, her parents, and her sister Mary Kathryn Murdoch (Molly). Survivors include her five children Margaret (Gary) Bender, James Hughes III, Susan Hughes, Mary Beth Tevebaugh (Peter) and Katie Redmond (Aiden) and fourteen beloved grandchildren. Survivors also include her sister Alice Murdoch Dagit (Charlie), two nephews (Chet and Murdoch), their wives, and four grand nephews. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stuart Memorial Fund and given online at www.stuartschool.org/giving or mailed to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton NJ 08540 Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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