HALLOWELL – Eleanor Louise Fuller, 90, an area teacher for almost half a century, passed away Monday, April 16, 2007, surrounded by her sons and their families, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, after a short period of ill health. She was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Brewer, a daughter of Percy Ray Bissell and Alta Baker-Bissell, the second of two children. Her father, Percy; and her brother, Gordon Bissell, predeceased her early in life. Her mother, Alta, remarried Kelly E. Crosskill and Eleanor’s two sisters, Arnie (Crosskill) Merrithew and Estelle (Crosskill) Rossetti were born. She was devoted to her two sisters. Eleanor graduated from Bangor High School, where she excelled in drama and public speaking for which she received numerous awards and honors. She attended and graduated from Husson College, Bangor, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in business education and secretarial science and a state of Maine teaching certificate. After graduation, Eleanor accepted a position teaching business education in Hallowell, where she lovingly taught area students at Hallowell High School and later Hall-Dale High School for the next 32 years. At the high school she coached school plays, was an advisor to the National Honor Society and the school yearbook, “The Venture.” She also chaperoned several class trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City. She was also employed by the State of Maine, Department of Education, Office of the Commissioner during a brief leave of absence from her life long teaching career. Upon retirement from teaching public school in 1977, she spent another decade teaching adult education in Gardiner. Some of her students, who are now adults, continued to stay in touch with her throughout her life. In Hallowell, she met the love of her life, John W. Fuller, with whom she spent more than 50 years in happy marriage. Eleanor and John had a wonderful life together, raising two sons, Jack and Gordon, traveling and enjoying friends and relatives at their home on Mayflower Road, Hallowell and their summer cottage in Northport, Bayside. She loved her summer community in Bayside. She was a third generation Baysider who began her Bayside experience at her grandmother’s cottage and continued it later at her mother’s cottage and then at her own. As a younger woman in Bayside, Eleanor coordinated youth group activities including drama and later in life became a member and supporter of the Northport Yacht Club and the Bayside Historical Preservation Society. She also loved the game of Bridge, played it well, and enjoyed socializing with the girls at her bridge clubs. Eleanor was a member of the Hallowell Current Events Club, served as board of trustee for the Hubbard Free Library and volunteered at MaineGeneral Medical Center. She was also a lifelong communicant of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Hallowell. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, John; her brother, Gordon; and her sister, Arnie. She is survived by her sister, Estelle (Crosskill) Rossetti and her husband, John, of Toronto, Canada; her two sons, Jack Fuller and his life partner, Carol Porter, and Gordon Bissell Fuller and his fiance, Kathy Crowley, both of Hallowell; her grandchildren, Shana (Fuller) Boynton of South China, John W. Fuller II of Windsor, Jocelyn Dean of Portland, Ore., Amanda Porter of Augusta, and Jared P. Fuller of Ventura, Calif.; and her great-grandchildren, Samantha Vintinner, Kasey Boynton and Haley Fuller. The family extends their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Maine Veterans’ Home, Augusta and Dr. Henderson and Dr. Ruehsen and the staff of MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta for their individualized and compassionate services to Eleanor and those who loved her. As Eleanor wished, there will be no viewing or funeral services. The family is hosting a celebration of Eleanor’s life 11 a.m. Friday, May 4, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Union Street, Hallowell, with the Rev. Calvin Sanborn officiating. Burial will be at Hallowell Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 18 Union St., Hallowell, ME 04347, the Northport Yacht Club, care of Ms. Jean Coughlin, 247 Hoyt Road, Gilford, NH 03249 or Bayside Historical Society, P.O. Box 304, Belfast, ME 04915. Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, One Church Street, Augusta. Online condolences may be expressed at www.jacfuller@yahoo.com