CLINTON — A long-distance courtship between Betty Louise Turner and Henry Fullick became a longtime relationship when the couple was married before a justice of the peace on Aug. 23, 1958.

Betty and Henry celebrated their 50th anniversary in August 2008, when their children gave them a party at the LyondellBasell recreation building.

A year after the civil ceremony, Aug. 23, 1959, the two were married by Rev. Raymond Ruppenkamp in St. Mary Catholic Church.

Betty was born at home on Seventh Avenue South, delivered by Dr. J.D. Hullinger. Her parents are Helen Marie (Hansen) and Cecil Allen Turner, both deceased.

Her father was employed as a maintenance worker at the DuPont Cellophane plant before moving to Wisconsin. He then worked in a lumber mill, was a yard man at a cement company and ran the Little Silver Resort in Lampson, Wis.. Her mother did not work outside the home until the family moved to Wisconsin.

She has an older brother, Jack Eugene Turner, and two younger sisters, Carol Ann Fulton in Wisconsin and Barbara Jean Schoenfeldt, Clinton.

“I lived in Clinton until I was about 10 years old,” she said. “We lived on South 10th Street and I started to school at Franklin Elementary on Seventh Avenue South. Then we moved to Trego, Wis., (60 to 65 miles south of Duluth, Minn.).

“There were about 200 to 250 people in Trego, a town that had the post office, a grocery store and a tavern all in the same building,” Betty said. “I started school in Lampson (six miles north of Trego) when I was in fourth or fifth grade. It was a one-room school house that held eight grades and a pot-bellied stove.”

Fullick said, “I attended school there through seventh grade with three students in my grade. We had the same teacher each year and I thought she was the smartest person in the world.”

She returned to Clinton when she was 13 years old, while her parents built a new home in Trego. Betty lived with her Aunt Nina and Uncle Dick Hansen and while here she went to eighth grade at Washington Junior High School.

“Going into Washington was really quite a change from the one-room schoolhouse I had been attending,” Betty said. “So many students, I was not used to them. So, I stuck to my studies. There was a mass of people, just a big change.”

“I was in eighth grade at Washington when I met (husband) Hank. He was going with my best friend, Joellen Dish,” she said. “Not long after we met, David Clark and I went somewhere with Hank and Joellen. Shortly after that I started going with Hank.”

Betty explained, “After eighth grade I returned home (Wisconsin) and went to Spooner High School (Spooner, a tourist town seven miles south of Trego). We (Hank and Betty) wrote letters to each other everyday.

“Spooner High was an easy transition after my Washington experience,” she said. “I enjoyed most of my class subjects, especially math and algebra. History was not a favorite. I hated history; there were too many dates to remember.

“In high school I played basketball. There was no regular schedule, just some games between a couple of small towns (including Bloomer),” said Betty. “We didn’t have any particular lineup; we just took turns in every spot.

“We (her family) supported all school sporting events and other school activities,” she said. “The only job I had was ironing for a lady and lots of babysitting. After school I would go home and cook supper for the family. Whatever mom set out before going to work, that is what I would cook.”

“Hank came up on a bus to see me one time. Another time, when I was 16, Gary Fuller brought him up,” she said. “That was when he (Hank) gave me my diamond (engagement ring).”

Betty graduated from Spooner High School in 1958. After her graduation she returned to Clinton for Henry’s prom and did not return to Wisconsin.

The couple has five children — Mary Jean Bray, Betty Ann (deceased), Diana Lynn Starr, Stacy Marie Dau, and Henry William Fullick Jr.

Mary Jean and her husband Terry (deceased) have four children, Terry Jr., Christopher, Brad and Amber.

Diana Lynn has five children (Beau, Paul, Greg, Jared and Jeremiah Brewer) and husband Tim is the father of Amy, Esther, John, Dan and Nate Starr. She is a buyer for LyondellBasell; Tim is employed by Medic Emergency Medical Service (Medic) with divisions in Davenport/Bettendorf, Eldridge, LeClaire and Clinton.

Stacy Marie and her husband, Brent Dau, live in Princeton, Ind. She works for Toyota and Brent is a construction insulator in Princeton. The couple have two children, Derrick and Tia Jo.

Henry Jr. is a conditioning monitoring analyst at LyondellBasell. His wife, Michelle (Petersen), is a nurse in Dr. Marilim’s office at Medical Associates. They have four children, Brianna, Kyle, Marissa and Collin.

She said, “I have been in all of the states except North Dakota, Alaska and Hawaii. Having traveled all over, Iowa is still my favorite state. My favorite trip was the year we went to Canada and came down the whole West Coast. The trip lasted six weeks and I was really glad to get home.

“We still go somewhere every year,” said Betty. “This year we will probably go to Indiana the first week of June then go fishing for two weeks in Wisconsin. I love fishing and we go fishing around here off the shore. He (Hank) takes the fish off the hook, most of our fishing is catch and release.”

Hank, who retired from the maintenance division at DuPont, is a member of St. Edward’s Council No. 707 Knights of Columbus, Clinton, Comanche, and surrounding area. Betty was the one who became interested in a Council’s Auxiliary unit. The Fullicks are members of Church of the Visitation Parish in Camanche.

“As we traveled around (before the Auxiliary was formed) I noticed some of the councils had auxiliary units,” Betty said. “I started checking around and gathered information on the purpose of auxiliaries and thought the ladies here would be interested in it.

“I presented it to them and started the Ladies’ Auxiliary 10 years ago, in April 1999,” said Fullick who has served as president since the Auxiliary was formed. “We help the Knights with their functions, the Lenten fish fries, the Tootsie Roll drive for the intellectually challenged, and every year, usually the first weekend in November, we sponsor a bus trip to Chicago area malls.”

Executive Board members this year include Mary Bray, vice president; Donna Holtkamp, recording secretary; Mary Sullivan, treasurer; Molly Bronkema, financial secretary; Sharon Schmitz, correspondence secretary; and trustees Virginia Bergman, Christine Hensel, Marilyn Walton and Mary Sartwell.

“I enjoy working with the auxiliary, I love being around people,” said Betty.

Through the years she spent four years working with Brownies at Franklin school, served as a member of Sacred Heart parish council, has been a blood donor and directed the Knight’s bingo program when Council headquarters were located on McKinley Street.

She was on the Nee-Hi’s (girls drum and bugle corps) board of directors for 10 years and served as a chaperone on trips each year, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 2 Mother’s Club. In 1977 Fullick served as Queen of Riverboat Days.

With a smile she said, “I’m still reigning queen since no one has been named queen since then.”

“Family is my life — we have 32 grandkids, 15 great-grandkids and three on the way,” Betty said. “That (50) is a good round number and we enjoy being with each of them as often as possible.”

Fullick said, “I used to play golf but no more. I enjoy gardening and right now I have some (seeds) starting in the front window. Yard work is a hobby. We put in the decoration on the west side of the house. I love decorating at Christmas time, and our light displays have won or been runner-up in the (yearly) city lighting contest.”