Marion Fulton (nee Tye) was born in Yorkshire, England on March 5, 1921. During the Second World War, she married E. Victor Fulton, a Canadian, and in 1945 they returned to Canada to a farm near Birtle, Manitoba. She and Victor raised three sons of whom they can be justly proud. Her family is an excellent example of that historically important unit that was vital to the growth of Manitoba.
Fulton epitomizes citizenry at its best. Her volunteer services were of a widely diversified nature. At home, she served as a Brownie leader, a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. At the provincial level, she was chosen to serve as president of the Manitoba Women’s Institute. Her wisdom and foresight drew her to start some of the most advanced educational programs for the benefit of rural women. Two of the many studies were: The Role of Women as Individuals, Wives, Mothers and Citizens and Women as Partners in Business. She served on the executive and some of the committees of the Associated Country Women of the World. Although this volunteer work took her to many parts of the world, she never lost her ability to empathize with the less fortunate and to help them gain the ability to improve their situation. The ACWW project to purchase a travel van to carry hygiene, nutrition and literary education to the rural women of Lesotho was due to her initiative. She helped the U.N. with the “shelter project” and the ACWW with its “Water for All” project. She represented Manitoba at the Vanier Conference on the Family. The Community Resources and Rural Archives Centre at the Brandon University received her assistance. She has served as a committee member of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, the Advisory Board on Recreation and Tourism, the Volunteer Housing Committee of Manitoba and the Canadian Council of Rural Development.
Fulton has always set very high goals for herself: the preservation of the family unit, the strengthening of rural women in society, the improvement of living conditions for those people in rural parts of the world. She has inspired, encouraged, supported, led and challenged all who have met her to improve the lot of mankind on this planet and all are better for having known her.