Rosemary (Fuller) Pray

By Orleans Hub Posted 1 April 2021 at 3:54 pm

Rosemary (Fuller) Pray, loving wife, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2021 at home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born May 28, 1930 a daughter to Wilbert and Edna (Harch) Fuller. On March 15, 1955 she married the love of her life, Edward Eugene Morley Pray. They made their home on Harrison Road in Shelby, NY.

Rosemary served the community through her involvement in the Shelby Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. She served as President and many other officer positions. She worked many weddings, served coffee and sandwiches at fire calls, worked social events and spent many hours scrubbing the kitchen to ensure it was up to code. Rosemary was the only woman from Orleans County to serve as President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (LAFSNY) from 1984-1986. She was a leader of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Junior Auxiliary and taught many young ladies first aid, service, etiquette and introduced them to experiences outside of their small community. Rosemary worked as a hairdresser, cake baker and as a school bus driver for Medina Central School District. She was a member of the Happy Wanderer’s Camping Club and enjoyed camping with family and friends. She was also an avid bowler, competing in many competitions over the years, loved playing softball, enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, canning fruits and vegetables. She was known as the energizer bunny and could run circles around people half her age.

Rosemary is predeceased by her parents, Wilbert and Edna (Harch) Fuller and siblings: Glenn (Vera) Fuller, Norman (Lou) Fuller and Louretta Sheelar Stillwell Anderson.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Edward Pray; siblings: Charles (late Shirley) Fuller, Gordon (Cheri) Fuller, James (Pat) Fuller, Johnny (Susan) Fuller, Alroy (Gail) Fuller, Cecelia (late Charles) Wilson and Thomas (Jeanne) Fuller. Rosemary was a loving aunt to hundreds of nieces and nephews, as well as, Aunt Rose to many in the community.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sun., April 18 from 1-3 p.m. at the Shelby Vol. Fire Hall, 4695 S. Gravel Rd., Medina, NY 14103. It will be open house style and themed “Tea with Rose.” In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shelby Vol. Fire Co., P.O. Box 1, Medina, NY 14103.

Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share memories and condolences at