Dawn Elaine Brookman Fulford, 92, passed away Feb. 3, 2021, at her home surrounded by loved ones. Dawn was born Sept. 11, 1928, in South Williamstown, Mass., the youngest of five children of William R. Brookman and Myrtle C. Phelps Brookman. Her early childhood was spent in the meadows, woods and streams around the family farm.

She attended public school in Williamstown, Northfield School and Carleton College. She met her husband, Robert S. (Bob) Fulford, in the summer of 1949, when they both volunteered on a church restoration crew in North Philadelphia. Bob’s reticence proved a perfect foil for Dawn’s loquaciousness. After a brief courtship, they married July 31, 1950, and moved into a multicultural co-op house in West Philadelphia.

Living there inspired the couple’s choice to raise their expanding family in Tanguy Homesteads, a racially integrated cooperative community in Glen Mills, Pa., where Dawn took in strays of all species, whether feathered, furry or human. The menagerie included baby jays, robins, warblers, a secondhand squirrel, orphaned possums, and a succession of dogs and renters. She was also a resourceful cook who enjoyed singing while preparing homegrown meals.

Dawn passed down her love of nature and gifts for growing and sharing food. She is survived by her children, Gretchen McGuire of Farmington, Pa.; Mark Fulford of Monroe; David Fulford of Northport; Bruce Fulford of Saxapahaw, N.C.; Jonathan Fulford of Belfast; Collie Fulford of Durham, N.C.; and their respective partners; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren so far. Her siblings Phyllis Oleson, William Brookman, Emily Anderson and Donald Brookman predeceased her.

Opinionated, generous and entertaining, Dawn was still snapping beans, washing dishes, and enjoying ice cream and lively conversation through her final months of life. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.