Mildred Alyne Fuller Toner, 86, our beloved Mother, passed away on Monday, Feb. 7, at Baptist Orange Hospital in Orange. She peacefully departed this life with her devoted family by her side.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2:00 PM at Starr Funeral Home in Hemphill. The family will be receiving friends from 10 AM until the funeral begins. Interment will follow in Rosevine Cemetery.

Mildred was born in Rosevine, Texas on Jan. 12, 1925 she was the eldest child of James Herman Fuller and Ruthie Mae McCroskey.

Mildred grew up in Sabine County and graduated from Rosevine High School as Valedictorian. In order to attend Texas Women’s University in the fall she also continued for six more weeks of instruction at Pineland High School and graduated from there as well. After a year of attending college at Denton, TX, Mildred transferred to Stephen F. Austin and continued college to become an educator. Unfortunately, World War II began and Mildred was needed to teach school at Brooklyn High School because many teachers were drafted.

Mildred left there, as many young women did, and joined the war effort by moving to Dallas to work in an aircraft factory and later to Beaumont to work at Bethlehem Steel. During the intervening war years she met her sweetheart, Francis James (Buddy) Toner in Beaumont, while working in the office at the port. Following the war, Mildred joined Buddy in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was attending Butler University and they were united in marriage. She became a part of an extended and loving Irish family. Buddy transferred to Texas A & M University where he would study to become a mechanical engineer. They left College Station to live in Beaumont, where in the early years of her marriage Mildred would quit her teaching job at Chenier Business College to become a fulltime mom. Mildred and Buddy would travel the United States as he worked for various companies as an engineer and plant manager. Finally ending up back in Orange, they bought a home and enjoyed raising and educating their five children. As her children all entered school, not one to be idle, she held various jobs working in the offices at Sears, JC Penney and her son-in-law Michael Mazzola’s Insurance office.

Always a lover of knowledge, when her oldest children began college she again felt an urge for higher education and attended Lamar University. She also felt it was very important to give back to the communities in which she lived and was a member of the Red Cross as a Gray Lady at Orange Memorial Hospital and a lifetime member of the PTA supporting teachers and education.

Mildred was a member of the Church of God her entire life, a devoted Christian, who participated fully at the churches in Orange and Rosevine (in later years) holding secretarial and Sunday school leader positions. After the death of her husband she built a home in Rosevine on the land where she was born. While living in Rosevine she worked as an Avon saleslady who achieved the Silver Circle Status within the company.

During her years in Orange and Rosevine she was always there to help care for and cheer on her children and grandchildren assisting her family in every way possible.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis James Toner, two sisters: Narvalyn Ellison, and Ola Jean Ford, four bothers: Conrad Fuller, Bobby Joe Fuller, and David Fuller and Kenneth Fuller.

Those left to survive Mildred are her children: John Brendan Toner (Melaine) of Rosevine, Kathleen Ruth Toner Mazzola (Michael), Mary Camille Toner Fuller (Preston) and Frances Patrice Toner Lewis (Eddie) of Orange and Ramona Jean Toner Darnley (John) of The Woodlands.

Also surviving are three brothers: Roland Fuller (Betty) of Nacogdoches, Herman Fuller (Jr.)(Charlene) of Rosevine, and Francis Dwain Fuller (Oquilla) of Houston. She is also survived by her beloved Uncle Ray McCroskey (Cortez) of Sarepta, LA.

Mildred leaves behind her 16 beloved grandchildren: Jack, Hunter, Shane, Chad, Rebel, Brendan, Amy, Amber, Jennifer, April, Patrice, Michael, Nick, Alex ,Tara, and Frank, and her 17 adorable great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Rosevine Church of God or a charity of your choice.