eNews from Linda Fuller
As you can imagine, this past week has been difficult for me, our four children, nine grandchildren, other family members, the Fuller Center board members, volunteers and staff as well as hundreds of close friends and supporters. And yet, we are rejoicing in Millard’s Heavenly Home-going.
I miss Millard deeply, but I cherish the love and incredible journey we shared for nearly 50 years, and I thank God for all his amazing accomplishments during his life.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you who took the time to express condolences by way of calls, cards and prayers to me and our family. They came from Americus, all across the U.S., and from as far away as Africa, Europe and Asia. Messages came in, from Fuller Center covenant partners and Habitat offices and affiliates worldwide, of moments of silence, candlelight vigils, worship services and work days held in Millard’s honor.
Photos from some of these events can be found in a photo gallery. The hearts of our family are touched and comforted more than words could ever describe-absolutely amazing and humbling!
One of the first calls I received after Millard’s death came from President Jimmy and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, which was so greatly appreciated. President Bill Clinton also called me on behalf of himself and Hillary. These on top of the many, many others we have received.
There were wonderful heartfelt letters, newspaper and magazine stories, broadcasts on radio and television as well as the Internet. So many of you have already shared your grief, thoughts and prayers on the Fuller Center Guestbook which has given us great comfort. It is simply overwhelming and inspiring to know the impact Millard had on so many lives around the globe. If you are interested, I have written a more detailed account of Millard’s final days and hours leading up to his passing.
Also, you can see a beautiful photo gallery of Millard’s burial service that took place February 5th. He was laid to rest in a simple pine casket at Koinonia Farm, as he wanted, among the majestic pecan trees in an area known as Picnic Hill. Some 20 volunteers, mostly Koinonia residents, contributed their labor to dig the 4-foot deep grave by shoveling hard Georgia clay.
This is the last picture taken of Millard and me just two days before his sudden and unexpected death. We had spent a lovely weekend together in Calloway Gardens near Warm Springs, Georgia. This photo shows the two of us enjoying a romantic evening dining out. Other than an annoying cough, there was absolutely no indication of anything seriously wrong.
A few hours after laying Millard’s body to rest at Koinonia, a group of Fuller Center for Housing board members joined me in Millard’s study to gather our thoughts. Emotions ran high as we sat around the room and began to talk. From the get-go, we were all in enthusiastic accord that the Fuller Center will continue and expand as we all knew Millard would want. There is a strong will and capacity to accelerate this ministry forward in a mighty way to give God the glory.
Millard was “God’s man,” an avid correspondent, one totally focused and grounded in his faith, his family, and God’s calling for his life. He loved to read newspapers and would anxiously await mail delivery every day. Millard was my beloved husband, best friend and partner. He will be deeply missed; however, I know without any doubt in my heart that he would not want us to mourn too long his passing from us, but rather encourage everyone to “tool up” and continue building and repairing the homes of families in need. That’s the way he would want to be remembered and honored-by the continued eradication of substandard housing and unsafe communities from the face of the earth.
Millard Fuller Celebration
Please join me, family members and hundreds of others on Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to celebrate Millard’s life and the beginning of a new chapter in this exciting God-driven mission. All are welcome to attend, and up-to-date details about the event are available here.
Again, on behalf of our entire family, I extend sincere appreciation for your wonderful and kind support during this difficult time.
In His tender love and care,