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Betterware Joyce was 'inspirational'

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

By David Shepherd

Joyce Fuller

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A WOMAN who was known for delivering Betterware catalogues to Cullompton households in all weathers has died, at the age of 84.

Tributes have been paid to Joyce Fuller who was an agent for the company for 12 years and has been described as an "inspiration" by her former employer.

Rosie Smith, a Betterware spokesperson, said: "She, like Betterware, would have been 85 years old this year. Joyce will be sorely missed by all, past and present, who came to know and work with her. We were honoured to have her as part of our team.

"Joyce was with us for more than 12 years and served as an inspiration to many others. Despite her senior years and deteriorating health, she regularly ran rings around others young enough to have been her grandchildren and always said the reason she enjoyed doing Betterware was for the exercise.

"Her attitude was 'why pay to get fit when I can be paid to keep fit'.

"She continued working up until about one week before her passing, and, in typical fashion, she kept going to the very end," Mrs Smith added.

Mrs Fuller died at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital on December 23 and will be sadly missed by her family and many members of the community.

Her funeral will be held at St Andrew's Church at 11.30am today (Tuesday, December 15).

Mrs Fuller also managed the indoor market which is held at the town hall every Wednesday, which sells numerous items from jewellery to bread.

Cllr Eileen Andrews, who runs the Cullompton Disability Group, has known Mrs Fuller for around a decade and fondly recalls being served coffee and dole cake on her weekly visits to the market, which will now be run by Mandy Causley, of Mandy's Must Haves.

Mrs Andrews said: "I knew her extremely well and she ran the market at the town hall for years.

"Of course, she was famous for her Betterware and she used to go around taking orders and taking the deliveries back again, and she was always seen with her trolley. She was well-known, well-respected and we shall miss her very much.

"I would describe her as being very knowledgeable and jolly.

"She always had an interesting tale to tell and she was a very nice person to have known.

"She would push her trolley around in all weathers all over the estates delivering her goods.

"Joyce was always busy and she used to walk miles and miles. And I would say, 'why on earth are you doing it in this weather', and she would say, 'well its good exercise and I love it'," she added.

Town clerk Nina Ashley said Mrs Fuller's wake will be held at the town hall.

"We were very sorry to have received the news.

"She was a major person in the community and she was so active. She will definitely be missed," the clerk said.

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