Janice 'Bunny' Beth Fulk

 

 

A Tribute to the Life

Of the late

Janice (Bunny) Beth Fulk


Established February 1, 2014

Note: Some of the information on this website link was posted prior to February 15, 2014 and the rest was posted after February 15, 2014. All information is subject to change and availability without notice.

This website page plus other links provide the following information as a tribute and memorial to the life of Bunny Fulk from September 21, 1949 to January 19, 2014. It was originally conceived for the many friends and acquaintances who could not attend her memorial service however it will available into the future to challenge those who have not considered the options presented in the Bible regarding existence after death and as an inspiration for all to pursue the Biblical protocols for life on earth.:

1. Opening
2. Donations
3. Obituary
4. Comments from Students, Parents/Friends, and Teachers
5. Bunny's Answers To A Questionnaire
6. Pre-Service Tribute To Bunny’s Life (Video)
7. Tribute & Memorial Service Schedule
8. Memorial Service Transcript
9. Transcript of Backup Message


 

1. OPENING:

This website link is provided as a tribute to Bunny Fulk as a great daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, friend and as a memorial to her passion and commitment to the principles revealed in the Bible for securing a residence in the perfection of God after death. The content (with a few exceptions) of this website link (and other attached links) represent what was presented during the one hour preceding and during her memorial service.

Bunny had a tremendous impact on many of the people she was in contact with but especially as a parent in raising her son/daughter and as a teacher with IEP students. It has become evident from the comments of those acquainted with her that she is one of the most highly thought of persons in their lives. The compliments from note, letters, cards, posters, etc. were continually referencing her love, compassion, thoughtfulness, and helpfulness. However, in her dying weeks, she fervently wanted the people she loved and knew to understand that as good as everyone thought of her that such a life was not adequate to secure a place in the presence of a perfect God without adjustment to the perfection of God. Nor did she believe that her ongoing life was adequate to please God unless it was the result of pleasing the His perfection.

 


 

2. DONATIONS


Posted February 8, 2014

The Chuck Fulk family is requesting that all donations (in lieu of flowers) be sent to Bank Liberty, PO Box 1108, Platte City, Missouri, 64079, USA with Attention: Diana Fulk Cockrill. Donations should be designated to (make checks to Platte County Educational Fund) the Bunny Fulk Memorial Scholarship Fund and/or to (make checks to NorthCare Hospice House) NorthCare Hospice House. Donations will be accepted during the Tribute & Memorial Service.
For full details and donation information e-mail: chuck@mgsfulkag.com.

Here are some brief comments regarding the two donation opportunities:

Bunny Fulk Memorial Scholarship:
The "Bunny Fulk Memorial Scholarship" fund has been established in memory of our beloved special education teacher, Mrs. Bunny Fulk. Bunny dedicated her life to working with students with special needs and students with IEPs. She continually inspired and motivated them to exceed normal expectations by others and even of themselves. She was and continues as an inspiration to be a "true believer" in the potential of all children. The staff at Paxton Elementary and other staff members of the Platte County R3 District who worked with Bunny want to continue her impact to former students by providing scholarships to the students that benefited from her dedication.

In her honor, any Platte County High School senior with an IEP who is planning on furthering their education through community college, trade schools, or 4 year colleges/universities would be eligible for this scholarship.

It is the dream and will be the continued effort of the supporting staff that this scholarship will continue to benefit future students with IEPs for years to come...

NorthCare Hospice House Fund:
The "NorthCare Hospice House Fund" was requested by the family as a tribute to the nurses and staff that cared for Bunny in her last 3 weeks at the Hospice House located at the North Kansas City Hospital Complex. They were very instrumental in providing much relief from her pain inflicted by the cancer and complications from ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). They also overshadowed her with much love of which Bunny could never stop expressing her appreciation and resultant love for the nurses and staff. The donations will be used to further the efforts of the services and care provided by the NorthCare Hospice House so that the nurses and staff can continue to provide excellent care.

 


 

3. OBITUARY


JANICE BETH “BUNNY” (LINDELL) FULK, 64, of Platte City, Missouri, passed from her earthly life through death into eternal life on the 19th of January 2014. After battling ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig Disease) and cancer, her family is comforted knowing she is now absent from the body and face to face with Christ with no more pain. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Charles H. “Chuck” Fulk; her children: Charles Jr. “CJ” (Christi) Fulk of Platte City, MO and Melissa (Jason) Hill of Kansas City, MO; and two grandsons: Brody (10) and Gage Fulk (8). Also surviving are two brothers: Jim (Donna) Lindell of Crown Point, IN and Jerry (Janet) Lindell of Simpsonville, SC.

Bunny was born on the 21st of September 1949 in Norwood, Massachusetts to the late Arthur and Gladys (Gray) Lindell. She graduated in a class of 800 from North Central High School in Indianapolis, IN in 1967 and went on to graduate from Taylor University in 1971 with a B.S. in English and a minor in Education. She began her teaching career as an English teacher in 1971 with jobs in Marion, IN and Clarkfield, MN before taking a leave of absence to raise CJ & Melissa.

After the family moved back to Missouri she taught at West Platte R2 in Weston, MO for 13 years, where Bunny found her calling in Special Education. By 1987, she held teaching certifications for the Learning Disabled, Mentally Handicapped and Behavior Disordered as a Special Educational Specialist. In 2000, she joined the staff of the Platte County R3 School District, teaching Special Education at Paxton Elementary (grades 4, & 5). Bunny earned her Master of Arts in Education from Baker University while at Platte County and finished her teaching career in 2013. In 2011, Bunny was awarded Excellence in Education from the Northland Chamber of Commerce (Kansas City, Missouri area) and that same year she was selected as the Platte County R3 Teacher of the Year.

Bunny accepted Christ’s plan of salvation in her youth and fervently believed that salvation and the pursuit of Biblical spirituality was faith alone in Christ alone as conveyed in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that [of salvation] not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works”. Even as a career teacher, she was a daily student of Biblical principles applicable to everyday living and eventually dying "for me to live is Christ but dying is profit". Jesus proclaimed, "I am the resurrection and the life; those who believe in me shall live (eternally) even if they die (physically)" (John 11:25).

A tribute and memorial service will be held on February 15, 2014 to honor Bunny’s life. The pre-memorial presentation will start at 10:00 AM featuring a slide/video showing of Bunny’s many experiences in and out of teaching with the main service beginning at 11:00 AM at the Platte County R3 High School in the Wilson Performing Arts Auditorium at 1501 Branch Street, Platte City, MO.

The Chuck Fulk family is requesting that all donations (in lieu of flowers) be sent to Bank Liberty, PO Box 1108, Platte City, Missouri, 64079, USA with Attention: Diana Fulk Cockrill. Donations should be designated to (make checks to Platte County Educational Fund) the Bunny Fulk Memorial Scholarship Fund and/or to (make checks to NorthCare Hospice House) NorthCare Hospice House. Donations will be accepted during the Tribute & Memorial Service.

For full details and donation information e-mail: chuck@mgsfulkag.com.

 


 

4. COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS, PARENTS/FRIENDS, AND TEACHERS


BUNNY FULK 1949 to 2014

Posted February 8, 2014

There were many notes, cards, posters, etc. sent to Bunny during her bout with ALS and cancer. She was so appreciative and encouraged by the very complementary things people expressed. Phyllis Fulk, sister-in-law of Chuck, typed many of these comments to make it possible to post on the website. The comments were only edited to remove names to protect the privacy of those that offered the comments. The comments have been divided into 3 categories that were given by Students, Parents/Friends & Teachers. A paragraph will separate each comment.

Students:
I miss you. I just wanted to say thank you for everything you did for me last year. You are the best teacher I ever had. You make learning fun. I really miss you. Mr. Bogart is a really great teacher as well. I really, really miss you!!

I am writing you because I wanted to tell you, not because you are sick, that you are the one teacher throughout school that made a difference in my life.

I miss you so much!! I remember every day in Miss Lindsay’s class seeing you and no matter what mood I was in you always made me smile. And when I got into 5th grade and I would stay after school you would always say hi and give me big bear hugs. And I just wanted you to know that I love you so much! You are without a doubt the nicest and most amazing person I have ever met. And when I grow up I hope to be just like you.

I didn’t have a mom growing up, but if I could have chosen one I would have picked you! Thank you

You are awesome and we Love you,

Thanks for helping me in class.

Mrs. Fulk, How are you today? I wish you can live with my but you live in your home. Can you come to my house some day? Sorry if you can read it’s. P.S. Please write back

Thanks for being a great teacher!!!

Thank you!!!!! You helped me become better at English like punctuation marks. Yes I can’t wait to see you next year. Hug, hug, hug, and Thank you!

Thank you SO much for helping me with English this year! I learned a lot of things. 4th grade has been a blast! Oh well, see you in 5th grade!

Thank you for teaching me English this year. I liked it when we split up into groups and whichever group got it all right got a point. I will miss you over the summer. I hope to see you next year

Thank you for everything that you have done for me. You haven’t only taught me English but you’ve been there for me as a friend. How can I ever thank you.

I want to thank you for teaching us English and everything you have done for me. I have really enjoyed you teaching us and you have always made it fun for us in your lesson (even with tests). Thank you for always being kind and every time I have seen you in the hallways you have smiled and said “Hi”! I will miss you and I will always remember you!

Parents & Friends

We only spoke a few times, but I feel I’ve known you a lifetime. It isn’t that often you meet a teacher that has a PASSION for making a difference. I just wanted to personally thank you for making a difference in my daughter’s life. I remembered when we spoke once how much you loved taking care of and honoring people in the service. I would like for you to have this coin that was given to me in Kuwait, when I volunteered for 9/11. I received this coin for my exemplary performance and dedication for mission accomplishment. “I, Major ….. in the United States Army, present this coin to Mrs. Bunny Fulk for exemplary performance and dedication. Mission Accomplished”!!

Bunny, the Great! I remember being bummed when my son didn’t get you for his teacher. I knew you’d be able to make him understand things better. I was also bummed that I didn’t get to be your Para. Like so many people, I think you are just The Best & wish I would have known you better! Blessed to have known you just a bit.

I cannot begin to tell you how much your positive energy and caring spirit has affected my son, (who smiles the minute he hears your name) and my niece, (who has a true affection for you). Thank you for being both a part of their education and their lives. As a parent and aunt, I sincerely appreciate your care and heartfelt interest in kids!

Thank you for everything you have done for my son in the last 2 years! Your patience and kindness is greatly appreciated! We will really miss you. You have really made a difference in his life. Have a great summer and we hope to keep in touch.

I’m so sad for you all. Bunny was one of the kindest, most genuine person I have ever known. My heart is so heavy for you.

Just a reminder! I love you-truly. I so appreciate our friendship! You mean more to me than you will ever know!

Thank you so much for what you’ve done for my kids. You have been a blessing to all of us. I believe God gives a gift to everyone and you are truly using yours. You restore confidence in your students. Thank you. See you in the summer!

When going through my notes on Bible doctrine, I found the enclosed. Made a copy for you to meditate on, Hope it will comfort you. When we all get to heaven, we’ll learn why you are suffering so much from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Did you ever see that movie? At the end he stood in the baseball stadium and said he had had a most wonderful life. It was not much later he died. I think he was a believer in J.C., but not sure. Really should watch that movie again. All is well here. Haven’t been outside the house except to get my mail. A neighbor usually brings it on his way home. Lamentations 3:22-23

Teachers

My special friend-You have been a blessing to me ever since I came to Paxton!

Your teaching style, and how much of a professional you are. I only regret that I do have to leave for a while. But I hope soon I will be back! So to you I grant a new role of “Angel in disguise”. You have really led me! God Bless! Thank you

You are such a positive person!!!

This lonely little bird represents me next year---- missing the “old guard” and definitely old friends. West Platte will be a sadder place without you. You have always been a quiet constant in the confusion and ever-present waves of change. Platte City students will be fortunate to have you. I hope you are happy in your new job. Please, keep in touch. I want to hear about C.J and Melissa and want to know when we can officially address you as Grandma. We also want to keep up on your Mom and Dad.

I could never even begin to tell you what you mean to me. You have changed my teaching style and my life over the past 14 years. You have given me a new-found love for those people who need help the most. Whether they are children in your class or people on the street, it doesn’t matter. By working with you, I have learned patience & compassion. To me, that is the best gift a person could give another. You along with another teacher are the biggest influences in my teaching career, and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have been a guiding light for so many people….your family, your students, and us. When I think of all the kids that we have helped together, I am amazed. …from hundreds of others, we just want to say “thank you”. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you and all of the effort and love that you show to others. My life has changed because of you. All of the fun times, the lunches in your room, and the serious life-changing moments that we have shared will always be remembered & cherished. Things just haven’t been the same without you. You are always there to help me and my kids. I get emotional when I think of all the great times we have shared. All of my jokes and stories over the years seemed to put a smile on your face, and that smile is worth more than anything to me. Also, thank you for all of the great advice you have given me over the years. You are always in good spirits no matter the circumstances. That is another thing that I admire about you. You are a role model for so many of these young teachers. I have tried to live up to everyone’s expectations here at work, but to be honest, as long as you and my students are happy, that’s all I cared about. I will never understand why terrible things happen to wonderful people. I can only pray and try to live my life as I have been taught by my Grandpa, my parents, and YOU! I love you, Mrs. Fulk. Thank you for being a very special person to me and the countless students you have helped.

Thank you for your willingness to present at the BOE meeting last night. You are such a dear. I never dreamed you would give me so much credit. I am humbled and honored to work with you. I continue to receive positive feedback regarding all of the efforts you do to keep our students I meet with success. I appreciate you so very much!

Thanks so much for your help, expertise, and ear for listening over my years at Paxton—It always helps to have a comrade in agreement with most things. I am so glad you are getting to travel and be with your brothers –what a great experience. I think you have 79 days left, enjoy every one of them! Thanks for your friendship and we will keep in touch. Have a great summer—P.S. Coupons are for new shoes for school!

Bun Bun--It has truly been a blessing to work with you for the past six years. Thank you for treating me as an equal, for showing me the “ropes”, for involving me in everything. I have learned so much from you. What I come away with that means the most is our friendship. I truly love you. I know that we will always be friends and care for one another. In life it’s rare to find friends that you know will always be there, no matter the time, or distance from another. Thank you for all you have given me. Your Friend Forever,

I want to Thank you for being a friend and mentor I will always love and admire! Thanks for teaching me all the new things I’ve loved learning! Stay in Touch with me!

Thanks so much for your listening ear. Having someone to listen makes all the difference, plus knowing what I tell you will not go any further. I appreciate getting to work with you & getting all of your knowledge, but most of all I appreciate your friendship. Thanks again for all you do. You’re Awesome,

We can’t thank you enough for your kindness. You definitely made our adjustment here go a lot smoother. We sure hope to see you in the future. In His Love, I truly cherish our friendship. Thank you for always listening and never judging, and for laughing with me, and always being there. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Great New Year!

Since we have been working together, the time has flown by. It’s such a joy to come to work, especially when you work with wonderful people. You not only care and, yes, look out for me but truly care about my family. That means a lot. Hope I never have to be moved! Yet I can remember the day I said, Bunny WHO? You’re the BEST!

It was so fun visiting with you today. I enjoy working with you so much. I feel like in just a year’s time you have taught me so much. You have given me a glimpse into my future, good or bad! You have taken me under your wing, guided me, and encouraged me. I so appreciate all you have done. Most of all I appreciate you as a person and a friend. I consider you one of my closest friends. I know that whatever I tell you will go no further and I don’t ever feel judged. For me that’s one of the qualities I look for in a friend. I would say that I have many acquaintances but few friends. I love it that we can giggle and be silly, but yet I appreciate your advice. I think you are very wise and perceptive of people. I don’t ever see our age difference, but I realize that you have lived more of life than I have and can see things from a different point of view. Right now with all of the things I have going on in my life I need all the good advice that I can get!! I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that you mean a lot to me, as a work partner, and especially a friend. Thanks for all you do and who you are.

You are a pleasure to be around. You are one of the most “sincerely nice” people I know. Your kids love you too. Keep up the good work (and don’t eat too many sweets!)

Being that this is Teacher Appreciation week—I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate all that you “teach” me! It’s been so wonderful working with you these past 3 years. It makes me sad to think of leaving. What I appreciate most is your friendship. You’ve seen me thru a lot of ups and downs. Thank you for always listening!

Bubby Bunny, You are such delight to be around. Your bright smile lights up the room. I know your students are so lucky to have you to help them. Wow, what a great job!

Thank you for always being such a wonderful mentor, teacher and friend. I appreciate you!!

You are an amazing caring, and loving friend. I am healthier today because of your many, many thoughtful acts of kindness in the past and especially since November. May God continue to bless you.

The two simple words “thank you” doesn’t seem to express my gratitude towards you. You’ve not only been an outstanding mentor, showing me the ropes and the inside scoop of the job, but more important you’ve been an excellent friend. I so appreciate all the times you’ve allowed me to cry, vent and share all of my dirt. I cherish the times we laughed and fought over who was going to get the sofa. Thank you for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank you for always being there to listen without judging. I just LOVE working with you. Oh yeah, thank you for the great cards and the “HOT DATE” money- it will get put to good use!!

To my favorite teacher ever. Love you always,

Thank you for all you did for us. You’re the best. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very very very much

There aren’t enough words to thank you for being such a special friend, helping me pack lots and lots of boxes, your prayers, and the delicious, healthy supper you brought last night.

It’s no mistake that you have been nominated for the excellence in education award, but also the teacher of the year award. Your thoughtfulness, caring, and compassion for kids is amazing, and doesn’t go unnoticed. To me you have been such a wonderful mentor on how things should be done. I hope when I become a “real” teacher I will be half as good as you. It is a true honor and blessing to call you friend!

I love you so much! You are one of the greatest teachers/people I know! I will miss you like crazy next year, but I’ll get you back! Thanks for all you do each and every day….for me… the kids… others ….everyone!

How can I begin to thank you for all you do for me? You are so supportive, understanding, and intuitive. The retirement party was so nice. Thank you for all of your work. It is an enjoyable experience I will remember fondly. Please don’t work too hard. I am so thankful you are going to P.C. God moves in mysterious ways. He has a plan and we followed that one! Good Luck

Thank you so much for helping me pack my room. Your kindness and willingness to help me is deeply appreciated. You are a true friend and I am grateful to be working with you.

When looking for a card for you I came upon this perfect one! I can only hope to be as brave and strong as you when my trials come! You are such a rock! I admire your strength! Bunny, I felt the need to tell you what a wonderful person you are! Your love and giving spirit is inspirational to see! My prayers go out to you and your family that God will bless you all! Love to you! You go girl! You “Rock” as a Mother, daughter, and a great fiend! Here’s a little goodie for your break! God Bless, Prayers, Hugs and love are sent to you!

Thanks for all you do to help me. You are such a wonderful teacher.

Thank you so much for the sweet letter and the gift card. I too will miss you so much! I’ve learned so much from you over these past 5 years-it's been invaluable. Maybe one day I can take over where you leave off, wouldn’t that be wonderful!

Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and support to me this week. It was so generous and thoughtful to take me to Ruby Tuesdays the other night. Getting out of the apartment and thinking about other things than appointments was so good for me. I always enjoy talking and laughing with you! Thank you again for your prayers, support, and friendship.

Just a little something to show how much I appreciate you. You are kinda like my teacher—You’ve taught me so much about working with these kids. We always seem to have fun even during the craziest of times. I cherish our talks, laughs, and visits- but most of all our friendship. Thanks for always being such a Great Friend!

Thank you for taking me under your ‘wing” and mentoring me. I truly have learned so much and appreciate all the little things you show me that you can’t learn in school. I also appreciate all of your words of encouragement—you’re a blessing to me. With all of that said-Do we have Fun or What? Not only do we have fun on a daily basis, but look out world when the 3 of us get together! Thanks for all you do, & for who you are.

You are an incredibly hard working person & very attuned to details which are very important in special ed. You are also very caring with your students.

Bun Bun, Most dedicated person I know!



 

5. BUNNY'S ANSWERS TO A QUESTIONAIRE:


Posted after February 15, 2014

The following are answers to a questionnaire found in some of Bunny's papers...

Question 1: Where did you grow up?
Boston, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Battle Creek, Michigan, and finally Indianapolis, Indiana. I moved every 4 years until Indianapolis.

Question 2: What was your favorite thing to do during recess in elementary school?
My brothers had told me that dolls were for sissys so I played games with the boys.

Question 3: If you were an animal what would you be?
A dolphin because I love the water

Question 4: If you were just given a yacht what would you name it?
"Bahama Bound"

Question 5: If you had a free hour during the day how would you spend it?
Hiking in the Rocky Mountains

Question 6: What CD would your friends be surprised that you own?
Nessun Dorma

Question 7: What advice would you give to young people?
Always listen to your parents-they are generally very wise people because they have experience life in ways young people probably have not.

Question 8: What was your first job?
Waitress at Hansel & Gretel Family Restaurant. I had to wear a "Gretel outfit".

Question 9: What song title describes your life thus far?
Can't Help Falling In Love

Question 10: What is your favorite quote line from a movie?
"You're not going to be happy unless you're going Mach 2 with your pants on fire" from Top Gun. Describes my husband who loves turbulent roller coasters and flying in acrobatic plans.

 


 

6. PRE-SERVICE TRIBUTE TO BUNNY’S LIFE (VIDEO):


The following link (on You Tube) is for the music/slide video shown during the 1 hour time period prior to the main service. There were presumably many aspects of Bunny’s life that were not known by many of the people who knew her. Bunny was very family oriented so slides of her family on the Lindell and Fulk sides are included. The slide show is accompanied by music that was favorite college songs of Chuck and Bunny along with some of Bunny’s favorites. The following songs (collected from You Tube) were added to the slide show:
Can’t Help Falling In Love
When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever
You Are My Special Angel
Mamma (and Grandma) (played twice)
“Probably the ‘secret’ to Bunny’s success as a great teacher was because she used the same loving, hardworking, and teaching techniques utilized in becoming a great mother to CJ & Melissa.”    Chuck
Always On My Mind
Nessun Dorma
Unchained Melody
I Will Always Love You
One Moment In Time
Amazing Grace
How Great Thou Art
Hallelujah
Let Freedom Ring4
The Lord’s Prayer




 

7. TRIBUTE & MEMORIAL SERVICE BROCHURE


A Celebration of the Life of
Janice Beth "Bunny" Lindell Fulk
Wilson Center for the Performing Arts ~ Platte County R-III High School
February 15, 2014 ~ 11 a.m.
Stephanie Riechers and Bret Bogart, Presiding



Welcome Bret Bogart
U.S. Military Tribute Here’s To The Heroes Video
Presentation of Colors Cameron Osborn and Matthew Knopp
Pledge of Allegiance Everyone (Led by Bret Bogart)
Pledge to Paxton School Paxton Students, Teachers, and Staff
Music America the Beautiful Vocal Ensemble
Brother's Reflection on Bunny's Life & Opening Prayer Jerry Lindell
Opening Remarks Stephanie Riecher
West Platte Teaching Career Larry Newman
Music Wind Beneath My Wings Diana Fulk Cockrill
Platte County Teaching Career Chad Searcy
Music You Raise Me Up Jennifer Stammers
Scripture Reading Psalm 23 Jeff Fulk
Hymn Amazing Grace Everyone (led by Darrell Willson)
Message Robert Dean, Jr.
Music In Christ Alone David Fulk
Benediction Jeff Fulk
Closing Remarks "I Want to Be Like You" Stephanie Riechers

SERVICE PARTICIPANTS

Stephanie Riechers is a 5th grade communication arts and social studies teacher at Paxton School.

Bret Bogart is a 5th grade math and social studies teacher at Paxton School.

Jerry Lindell is Bunny's youngest brother. He is a retired pastor living in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Diana Fulk Cockrill is Bunny's cousin and a member of Canto Chorale, a local community choir. She is coordinating memorial gifts for the family.

Chad Searcy is the principal at Paxton School where Bunny last taught.

Jennifer Stammers is the music teacher at Paxton School and director of the Paxton Singers. Their May concert will be dedicated to Bunny.

Jeff Fulk is Bunny's brother-in-law and pastor of LaCygne Christian Church, LaCygne, Kansas.

Darrell Willson is a longtime music teacher/director who taught with Bunny at West Platte. He is founder and director of Canto Chorale, which performs Christmas and Easter Cantatas annually. Bunny loved going to these performances. In a special visit during Bunny's hospice stay, Darrell, his wife, Kathleen, and their daughter, Crystal, comforted her by singing favorite hymns.

Robert Dean, Jr. is pastor of West Houston Bible Church in Houston, Texas. He has served churches in Texas and Connecticut for more than 35 years. Bunny was inspired by his Biblical teachings, particularly on Christian suffering.

David Fulk is Bunny's brother-in-law. He is a frequent soloist and accompanist in churches and events in the Liberty area.

Vocal Ensemble: Jim Combs, David Fulk, Diana Fulk Cockrill, Marion Miller, Jennifer Stammers, Darrell Willson, Kathleen Willson; Accompanist: Samantha Brant.

Ushers: Dawn Diaz, Nancy Hackler, Lori Hansen, Chris Hayes, Monica Jaynes, Dawn Vanderlin - all staff at Paxton School.

MEMORIAL GIFTS may be directed to the Platte County Educational Fund (designated to the Bunny Fulk Memorial Scholarship) or to NorthCare Hospice (designated to Hospice House). Please mail gifts to Diana Fulk Cockrill at Bank Liberty, PO Box 1158, Platte City, Missouri 64079.



 

8. MEMORIAL SERVICE (Transcripts, Audio Link, & Video Links):


The following transcripts, audio link, and video links were posted after the service. Only the message by Pastor Dean was recorded and is available on line. Links are provided to You Tube versions of the songs sang at the service of which Bunny listened to frequently. Many thanks to all of those who provided the music portion of the service of which many compliments were received by family members.

Welcome
Good Morning,
My name is Bret Bogart. I was fortunate enough to work with Mrs. Fulk and her students for the last 14 years. On behalf of the Lindell and Fulk families, I would like to thank everyone for coming today. The families would like to acquaint you with some parts of Mrs. Fulk's life that you may not know about but more importantly her desire for this memorial service was that each person she knew and loved understood what she depended on to secure her a place in heaven with the hope that all who attended today would rejoin her for eternity.

During her time on earth, Mrs. Fulk touched the lives of many people. One of the qualities that the people close to Mrs. Fulk admired most was her patriotism. Mrs. Fulk would have loved the recently released movie "Lone Survivor". She read the book and always had great respect for those who serve or have served in the military services for the United States. I love to play music in the classroom and Mrs. Fulk would always request, "Proud To Be An American" by Lee Greenwood.


U.S. Military Tribute --- Here's to the Heroes
In remembrance of Mrs. Fulk's patriotism displayed every year in her room we would like to share a short video... Here's To The Heroes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL-0mdEg0U4

Presentation of Colors
At this time I would like to introduce Matthew Knopp and Cameron Osborne, two of Mrs. Fulk's students and members of Boy Scout Troop 351, to present the colors. Please stand.


Pledge of Allegiance
Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all".

Thank you. You may be seated.


Paxton Pledge
One of the things that Mrs. Fulk greatly appreciated about Paxton School was the Paxton Pledge.
If there are any current or former students from Paxton here today would you please rise and join me in the Paxton Pledge.
"As a Paxton Pirate:
 ~ We will follow the rules
     ~Treat everyone with kindness
         ~Use our social skills
             ~Encourage our peers
                 ~Make everyone feel welcomed
                     ~ Always do are best and
                         ~treat people the way we want to be treated...

                     WITH RESPECT"



Music --- America the Beautiful
This song sung by an area vocal ensemble (Jim Combs, David Fulk, Diana Fulk Cockrill, Marion Miller, Jennifer Stammers, Darrell Willson, Kathleen Willson; Accompanist: Samantha Brant) was not recorded but the following link provides the word to this patriotic song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsbEkQBYZPQ


Brother's Reflection on Bunny's Life & Opening Prayer
There is no transcript of the prayer.
The following transcript was a tribute by Jerry Lindell to his sister, Bunny.

My older brother Jim was 7 and I was 5 when a little sister was born into our family September 21, 1949. In keeping with the "J's", my parents named her Janice. When she was brought home from the hospital we were absolutely thrilled to have a little sister. We raised rabbits in those days, so I supposed it was natural as we viewed her for the first time to exclaim, "She's as cute as a bunny". So we started calling our little sister "Honey Bunny". Within a matter of months, it got shortened to "Bunny" and as she grew up the name stuck. I cannot ever remember that I or anyone else in our family ever referred to her as Janice. It was always Bunny.
More than anything else, my sister was characterized by a servant heart. She had a great willingness to sacrifice and serve to meet the needs of others, whether it be family, friends, students, or fellow-teachers. The way Bunny lived her life was a powerful witness to how the gospel changes a person's heart and motives. Allow me to briefly explain. Each of us, without exception, is born with a selfish, self-serving nature. Bunny was no exception. But at early age she recognized her need of a Savior and fully trusted in Christ's death on the cross in her place for her sins. Jesus, the powerful Redeemer, came to live within her and as she grew in her relationship with Christ she was empowered by the Holy Spirit to live more and more like Jesus did, the One who came not to be served, but to serve and give his life a ransom for many.
Bunny would want all of us to know that she so willingly served others, not because she was a nice person, but because of the power of the living Christ within her. It was Christ and his enabling grace which made Bunny the giving, caring person that she was. If she was physically present with us today, she would say, using the words of Scripture, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me". Bunny gave her life away in serving others in gratitude for the One who gave his life away for her.
I am profoundly grateful that my little sister lived her life in such a productive, impactful way. But I am even more grateful for the greatness of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which can not only forgive us, but transform us into self-forgetful, loving servants. Such was the real meaning of Bunny Fulk's life.


Opening Remarks
The openig remarks were offered by Stephanie Riechers who taught next door to Bunny and was instrumental in setting up the Bunny Fulk Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Bunny fell in love teaching special education when she spent two different 6 week terms as a substitute teacher in a special education classroom in West Platte. Although Bunny majored in English and had a minor in education, she went back to school. She became certified in special education and eventually landed a job in West Platte under Larry Newman.
After 13 years, the Fulks made the UNFORGIVABLE decision to move from Weston to Platte County, at that time a legendary rivalry. Bunny served under 3 principals in Platte County: Terry Hart, Dr. Rob Gardner, and Dr. Chad Searcey.
Anyone fortunate enough to have taught beside Bunny, at any point in her career, please stand... Can I also have any current or former students taught by Mrs. Fulk, please stand...
Looking around this grand room illustrates Bunny's impact. Her love of teaching was far reaching and her influence on all of us will live on. Thank you, you may be seated.
Bunny's commitment to her students and education was her passion. She was opinionated. I can't tell you how many times she vented to me, "They just don't teach grammar anymore." If she had her way we would still be diagramming sentences, and who knows maybe education will swing that way again if Bunny has any pull. If I know Bunny she is raising a ruckus about grammar in heaven even now.
At this time, I would like to welcome to the stage Mr. Larry Newman.


West Platte Teaching Career
Bunny's teaching career, after she was a stay-at-home Mom, began at West Platte R-II Elementary School in Weston, Missouri. She began as a short term substitute in Special Education when she found her gift that eventually led her to become a full time Special Education teacher. She worked under Larry Newman who was her Principal during her entire stay in the West Platte R-II School District. They remained close friends after her switch to the Platte County School District and his eventual retirement. Larry offered the following comments at her memorial service.

BUNNY FULK

Today is not a time for grieving, but rather an opportunity to remember Bunny for who she was!!! I consider it both an honor and a privilege to memorialize a very dear friend and colleague. I represent and speak on behalf of her former West Platte R-II students, colleagues and friends.
I wish to share some of the following comments from responses I received from colleagues:
"Bunny was a remarkable gal. She was passionate and had an over abundance of compassion. I can remember her walking down the hall with her students which reminded you of a mother hen and her chicks."
"When I think of Bunny, I couldn't help but think of 1st Corinthian's - Chapter 13, which speaks about love...Bunny truly loved God and lived this love the full time. Bunny was one of the greatest examples showing that...love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not arrogant, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, love is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves...LOVE never fails...THIS IS SOOOO BUNNY"
Almost all correspondence remember Bunny to be the "Mother hen of all mother hens, when it came to meeting and protecting the needs of her students without lowering their self esteem or lowering her high expectations for each of them. As you view the picture collages mounted in the hall, you see the excitement and involvement that Bunny provided for her "KIDS". I emphasize the word "KIDS" to include her own children and grandchildren and colleagues children.
Her caring never stopped with her "KIDS", as she kept tract of them through visits, pictures, other teachers, and family contacts. She knew them all by name and never forgot them.
I served as Bunny's Principal at the West Platte R-II Elementary School in Weston, Missouri for 15 years. I considered her to be a highly dedicated teacher which she performed her responsibilities as a true "professional". Bunny and I had many collaborative conversations about the respect that we both shared... "that teaching is a profession and not just a job."
Following my retirement from West Platte, I continued my professional friendship with Bunny. She and other Platte County R-III staff were invited to meet with University Of Saint Mary (Leavenworth, KS.) student teacher candidates to help them prepare for their role of meeting the needs of students in and out of the classroom. Comments from these students basically were in the form of a question...Is she really this compassionate and positive. My response was "What you see is for real!"
Bunny had a deep understanding of her faith and what role this faith meant to her. In 1st Peter 5, verses 2-5, Peter describes several characteristics of good leaders:
1. They realize they are caring for God's flock...not their own;
2. They lead out of eagerness to serve, not out of obligation;
3. They are concerned for what they can give, not for what they can get;
4. They lead by example, not force.

As a summarization, I would simply ask the question, who was
B-U-N-N-Y   F-U-L-K?
Bunny was:
B   -   brave (to the end)
U   -   unusual (in all aspects)
N   -   neat (as a person, teacher, parent and friend)
N   -   never-ending (in our thoughts and memories)
Y   -   yielding (to colleagues, friends, family, and above all to her KIDS)

F   -   family values (she believed in the word "Dignity & Respect) She liked former NFL Coach Vince Lombardi's quote:
         "It's not whether you win or lose, but rather, how you play the game."
U   -   unselfish (to her family, colleagues and her "KIDS")
L   -   loving (to everyone...never about her!)
K   -   kind (didn't believe in harsh concepts...always looked for the positive aspects in every person and situation.)

THIS IS WHO BUNNY FULK WAS !
Thank you.....


Music---Wind Beneath My Wings
Sung by Diana Fulk Cockrill
The song sung by Diana was not recorded but the following link is the version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" that provides the words sung at the service Bunny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jorJh8DTMVM


Platte County R-3 Teaching Career
The original reason Bunny pursued switching switch from the West Platte R-II School District to the Platte County R-3 School District schools was because she did not like the hilly drive to Weston during snow storms plus, off the record, she was able to use the saved time in driving (13 miles to 1 mile) for more sleep. She not only went to a rival school but took CJ and Melissa with her where both contributed in athletics against their former Wet Platte classmates. The intensity of the rivalry soon subsided as the athletic competition ended due to each school playing in different conferences.
As Bunny was finishing the school year in May of 2013, she would come home wiped out from the activities of the day due to the gradual decline of physical energy caused by ALS. One evening at supper she was questioning whether she would have enough stamina to begin teaching in the Fall. After a couple of minutes of silence, she would look up and say, "I completely love my job". I (Chuck) smiled and said, "You have a real problem then don't you". She smiled back and knew it would be hard for her, for what ever reason, to retire from her passion when the time came. Bunny's teaching career ended at Paxton Elementary School when her ALS and bout with cancer prevented her return in the Fall of 2013.
Chad Searcy was Bunny's principal the last 8 years she was at Paxton. Chad and Bunny shared many of the same viewpoints inside and outside the classroom but the biggest topic was Chad's hunting experiences. The following transcript is what Chad offered at her memorial service regarding her teaching career at Paxton.

Bunny Fulk Memorial Service

My name is Chad Searcey...I had the pleasure of working with Bunny for the past 8 years, serving as the principal of Paxton Elementary. As I have reflected over the past few weeks about time I spent working alongside Bunny, my reflections took me back to the first time I met her...it was spring of 2006 and it had just been announced that I was going to be leaving Platte City Middle School where I was working as the assistant principal and taking over as Principal of Paxton Elementary for the upcoming year...earlier that day I had received a phone call from Bunny asking if I'd meet with her after school...I told her, yes that I'd be glad to visit with her and told her to come on over to the middle school and I'd be waiting for her. As I waited for her I looked out my office window and I noticed Bunny walking through the parking lot and toward the entrance of the school...she walked with a smile on her face greeting students, parents and teachers as they exited the school. Her positive energy followed her into my office as she talked with me about Paxton, giving me some of the ins and outs of the school in which I would be moving too...It was obvious to me Bunny was there to help comfort me as I made this transition and she was there to answer my questions about our upcoming journey...thinking back on that first conversation I had with her, this was something she didn't have to do...she took it upon herself to come to me and introduce herself and offer her assistance in anything she could help me with. This type of action was typical Bunny...always going out of her way to help someone.

Bunny served the parents and students of the Platte County School District beginning in 2000...during her almost 14 years, she worked at Paxton under the leadership of Mr. Ron Harmon, Dr. Rob Gardner and myself. During those years her work and selfless acts of service inspired countless students and staff that walked the halls of Paxton Elementary. It was these acts that earned her Excellence in Education in 2011...awarded to her by the Northland Chamber of Commerce...which hosts the largest teacher recognition banquet in the State of Missouri. That same year she was later selected as the Platte County R3 Teacher of the Year. It should be noted that upon going into her final interview which was part of the selection process, Bunny told the interview panel to give the award to the other candidate. Upon winning teacher of the year Bunny was awarded a monetary donation; however, she didn't use the money for herself, she gave the money to two teachers with whom she co-taught with that year, Ms. Riechers and Ms. Lindsay so they could buy books for their classroom.

As a special education teacher, Bunny would hold several IEP meetings with parents every year. I always marveled at the way Bunny would speak to parents, addressing their every concern and more importantly communicating how much she loved teaching and working with their child. Bunny always found the positive in her students. She used those positives and coupled them with her nurturing character to help give her students the support they needed to be successful. When her students left the 5th grade and moved on to Middle School, Bunny would contact her former students before the first day of school to offer them words of encouragement to help ease their anxiety. This was something that wasn't necessary; however, it was important to Bunny that her former students were meeting with success after they left her care.

Bunny wasn't just a special education teacher...while team teaching in a regular classroom you would often find Bunny working with students with all abilities, high, medium, low...it didn't matter to her.

There are many things that I already miss when I reflect on watching Bunny in her work environment. Her enthusiasm for teaching our students was brought out during lessons in grammar...just like the time her "twin sister" Common Cathy or Princess Penelope would visit our school. What students like learning about Grammar right? Bunny would go all out to engage her students and make her lessons meaningful...dressing up in character to provide positive enthusiasm for a rather boring topic. I always appreciated when Bunny would give me a "heads" up that her twin sister would be visiting our school.

Also, I always got a kick out of Bunny every time one of the superintendents stopped by our school...make no mistake about it, she always let them know how much she loved Paxton and how it was the best school in our district.

Working with students wasn't the only strength of Bunny's while she spent her time at school. She willingly accepted roles on building level teams throughout her time at Paxton. Most notably Bunny served on our Building Leadership team. As a member of this team Bunny served as a teacher leader in our school and assisted our staff in making decisions that would improve our day to day operations to help better service our students. Bunny was instrumental in helping us embed Response to Intervention into our daily schedule. She served as team leader of our intervention team. As the team leader she was in charge of planning meetings, creating agendas and leading team meetings. All very time consuming activities that were above and beyond her normal every day routines and duties. Bunny never complained once about taking on extra chores that helped improve our school. For systematic school improvement to happen, schools need great teacher leaders...we were certainly lucky to have that in Bunny.

Bunny is part of a generation of Americans that were patriotic toward our country and our freedoms...and a generation that put others before themselves. Her patriotism was evidenced in all the times she asked Mr. B to play "Proud to Be an American" by Lee Greenwood during class while students were independently working. Her selflessness toward others was evidenced as recently as last year. While teaching at Paxton you never heard Bunny complain about having to use her walker to get around the school. Rather her conversations were centered around how we were all doing. She was more concerned about us...both our professional and personal lives. Another example of how Bunny put others first.

In her classroom, Bunny had more supplies and books in her room than most of us...a collection of resources no doubt collected over the course of her years as an educator and she was very happy to share them with everyone....you just had to make sure you signed her sign out sheet first...organization was definitely a strength of Bunny's.

Now that Bunny is no longer physically with us we continue to use what we learned from her over the years. Her inspiring words and actions will live on with us as we continue to do what is best for our students. The mission of our workforce at PCR3 reads, "To prepare individual learners for success in life, the Platte County R3 School district provides meaningful experiences in a safe and caring environment." I will tell you that Bunny not only believed in these words, she also lived them.


Music---You Raise Me Up
The song was first sung by Jennifer Stammer at the side of Bunny's hospital bed at hospice in her last week before passing. Bunny was a great supporter of Jennifer's music program and repeatedly used music as a teaching tool in her classroom. This song sung at the memorial service was not recorded but the following link provides the words sung at the service by Josh Groban who was one of Bunny's favorite male singing voices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHDoLAJf8rQ


Scripture Reading---Psalm 23
The following is a transcript of the comments offered prior to the scripture reading of Psalms 23 by Bunny's brother-in-law, Jeff Fulk, who serves as Pastor in LaCygne, Kansas at the LaCygne Christian Church.

When we admire Bunny's faith, we need to realize we are not talking about religion, but a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. When I speak of religion I speak of not necessarily doing things from the heart, but just following the external behavior required. God loves us and for me to say it is not a religious cliché. He really loves us and is pursuing us that He can have this relationship with us. Jesus did everything necessary on the cross so that we can have this friendship with God. When Jesus comes into our lives, He changes us. We are not trying to do good works to earn His eternal life. The good works spring from the change eternal life produces in us and we do these good works because He has come into our lives. This relationship with God then is doing things from the heart to please God, because we love Him back. Why did Bunny do so many good deeds towards others? She had a relationship with God and wanted to serve Him and please Him by serving others. Let us consider if we are just being religious or if we have entered into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


Hymn---Amazing Grace
This could be the most well-known and sung hymn of the Christian faith. As an extra addition to what was presented at the memorial service, the following link provides some background about the person, John Newton, whose life story provided the the amazing words to this song. Bunny listened to this abbreviated life story of John Newton a number of times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrysbMwQjk0

This next link provides a musical version of Amazing Grace sang by everyone at the service. This hymn was led by Darrel Wilson, a long time friend of Bunny, is founder and director of Canto Chorale, which performs Christmas and Easter Cantatas annually. Darrel's daughter, Crystal, who was unable to attend the service, was one of Bunny's favorite female singing voices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZV53SuPMPU&list=RD5p2CbHG9O0s


Message
The message from Pastor Robby Dean was recorded and is available on the Dean Bible Ministries website. Those who inquired about Pastor Dean's teaching ministry following the service can access other recorded messages and live streaming messages from the same website. The following is a transcript of his introduction:

Dr. Robby Dean Jr., is the pastor of West Houston Bible Church in Houston, Texas. He has spent thousands of hours studying the Bible to be able to help people understand God' Word and to show how the eternal truths explained in the Bible are relative and crucial to modern day living.
As an extension of West Houston Bible Church, Pastor Dean offers thousands of Biblical studies through live streaming and recorded messages for those interested in how to simply and practically apply the Word of God to everyday living; sponsors the annual Chafer Pastors Conference; and provides Biblical training for those studying for the pastorate in the United States and overseas.
During Bunny's last week before going to hospice she listened to a message on Christian suffering by Pastor Dean over and over every night. The message explained the ramifications of suffering in the context of human life and eternal life which was a great mental comfort during her last days dealing with physical pain.
It is with great appreciation and honor to welcome Pastor Dean to deliver some of the Biblical truths that were so important to Bunny.

The website address is www.deanbibleministries.org Click on "Bible Studies" at the top of the home page. Next, click "Specials" then click on "Memorial Services". Scroll down to "Memorial Service for Bunny Fulk" then click on "listen" (beside "Audio"). The message will always be available on this website but can be downloaded by clicking on "download".


Music---In Christ Alone
The title of this song probably summarizes Bunny's belief about the Christian faith as well as any other phrase. This song provided her great comfort during her bout with ALS, pain from the cancer, and her final decision to forgo a major surgery that would result in her passing on from this earth into eternity.
The song sung by David Fulk, Bunny's brother-in-law, was not recorded but the following link is the version of "In Christ Alone" by the Booth Brothers. This was the specific song she frequently listened to before and during her bout with ALS and cancer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsyEbMJMCXg


Benediction
The benediction was offered by Jeff Fulk, Bunny's brother-in-law, but was not recorded.


Closing Remarks
The following transcript are the closing remarks offered by Stephanie Riecker.

Anyone that was able to visit Bunny during her last few weeks at the Northcare Hospice House probably got her, "They are so WONDERFUL!" message about the nurses and staff. She was very happy and comfortable during her dying days.
I spent many sleepless nights trying to come up with a way to memorialize Mrs. Fulk both at Paxton and throughout the Platte County school district. I'm very proud to announce that we have created the "Bunny Fulk Memorial Scholarship Fund". Mrs. Fulk dedicated her life to working with students with special needs and students with IEPs. She continually inspired and motivated them to exceed normal expectations held by others and even themselves. She was and continues to be an inspirational "true believer" in the potential of all children.
In her honor, the "Bunny Fulk Memorial Scholarship"; will be available to any Platte County High School senior that currently has or at one point had an IEP, who is planning on furthering their education through community college, trade school, or 4 year colleges/universities would be eligible for this scholarship.
Located just outside the auditorium are envelopes if you would like to contribute to either of these amazing causes. On behalf of the family, I would like to thank everyone for attending this service. The family will lead us out and will be in the common area to visit. One final poem before we part ways. It is titled "I Want to be Like You" written by Joanna Fuchs and modified by Stephanie Riechers

I Want to be Like You
Thank you, Mrs. Fulk
For being my life's role model.
When I consider all you've taught me
And reflect on the kind of person you were,
I want to be like you -
Smart, interesting and engaging,
Positive, confident, yet unpretentious.
I want to be like you -
Well-informed and easy to understand,
Thinking with your heart as well as your head,
Gently nudging us to do our best,
With sensitivity and insight.
I want to be like you -
Giving your time, energy, and talent
To ensure the brightest possible future
For each of us.
Thank you, Mrs. Fulk
For giving me a goal to shoot for:
I want to be like you!


 

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