Mae Belle Fuselier

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Mae Belle Fuselier, 103, of Vienna, Virginia passed away peacefully on February 19, 2023, at her home.

Mae Belle was born on October 27, 1919, to Merant and Erita (Rita) Fontenot in Mamou, Louisiana. She was one of eight children, having five brothers and two sisters. Mae Belle married her childhood sweetheart Burley Fuselier on January 7, 1938. In marrying Burley, she took on the role of a military wife, and when Burley transitioned to the Department of State, a diplomatic wife serving with him in Germany, France, Korea, Morocco, Vietnam, Austria and Belgium.

Mae Belle was a lifelong fan of the Washington Wizards basketball team. She loved to sew, most notably sewing her daughter’s wedding dresses, and many outfits for her grandchildren. She loved her family, her faith, and had a smile that could brighten anyone’s day. She truly was the matriarch of her family.

Mae Belle is predeceased by her husband, Burley, son, Keith Fuselier, son-in-law, Bill Jones, grandson, Brett Fuselier, and siblings, Murray, Curry, Darius, Azemma, Sherman, Edna and Bennett. Mae Belle is survived by her children, Cheryl Jones, Michelle Hanna (Johnny), Burley Fuselier Jr. (Trish). She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Michael (Christy) and Matthew Jones (Danika), Nicole Beall (Chris) and John Michael Hanna, and great grandchildren, William and Grace Jones, Connor and Chloe Beall, and Marie Elisabeth Jones.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 2-4 at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Avenue, Vienna VA. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery and will take place on a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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  1. We met Mae Belle in 1998 when we joined the Over 50 Club @ St. Catherine of Siena in Great Falls. She was a joy to all at the meetings. When the Club ended in 2000 , Marian (Pres. Over 50 Club) and I continued to keep in contact with her by telephone and had conversations that were filled with laughter. We remembered her birthdays with flowers. Knowing her was a blessing and we will miss her. God Bless Her. Love, Dave & Marian Wilson

  2. I met Mae Belle nearly fifteen years ago through her daughter, Michelle, who is a special friend and a great legal assistant, and I was amazed at how “young” and chipper Mae Belle was. I enjoyed spending time with Mae Belle and listening to her stories and positive outlook on life. She was an endearing and kind person, who was always smiling and appreciating life. I felt honored to know her. Mae Belle is an inspiration to us all and she will be missed dearly, yet she will always be in the hearts of those that came to know and love her.

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