Edyth Alexandra "Alex" Huston


Edyth Alexandra

Alex was gracious, elegant and a classic "Lady" of her era.

She was born in New York City into the exciting decade of the Roaring '20s with its booming economy, rapid social and cultural change, and high optimism. When she was still very young, her parents moved their young family from the bustle of New York City to the quiet of Sea Island, Georgia. Their house was only the second home to be built on the small island. Not far down the road was The Cloister, a newly built exclusive resort hotel that was yet to be discovered by the world at large.

Alex was an avid tennis player and swimmer. In her youth, she and her younger sister, Judy, performed in synchronized swimming at the Sea Island Beach Club. Alex was quite the beauty, and often modelled bathing suits. She even appeared in Vogue Magazine.

After graduating from Glynn Academy, the local public high school in nearby Brunswick, Alex attended Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Her dedication to grammar and sentence construction made her a reliable professional for editing all documents submitted to her later in life by her adult children.

During WWII, she volunteered at the Home Front Coast Guard Station on St Simons Island, performing civic duties to keep watch for German subs and destroyers off the coast of Georgia. 

It was at the Sea Island pool where she met her future husband, Tom Fuller, from Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, who was vacationing on the island with his widowed mother. Alex was sitting on the edge of the pool with her legs dangling in the water. Tom noticed this attractive young blond, swam over, struck up a conversation, and asked her out. 

Their engagement was announced in the Fall of ’44, but it was still war time and Tom was serving in the U.S. Navy. The wedding would have to wait. 

Tom served for four years, first as an ASW officer on a destroyer escort in the Atlantic, and later as an Executive Office on the high-speed transport USS Frament APD-77 in the Pacific.

While she waited for Tom’s return, Alex taught Kindergarten and 1st Grade at the Sea Island School. It was a long anxious wait for both of them. Finally, Tom did return, and they were married in the old historic Christ Church at Frederica, Georgia, on June 12, 1946. 

They made Willow Brook Farms in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, their home, but every spring they and their three children would spend six weeks back on Alex’s beloved Sea Island where they could also visit Alex’s parents on nearby St. Simons Island.

In the late 1960s, they built a second home on the soon-to-be ski slopes in Snowmass Village, and they became part of the Aspen-Snowmass Community.

Alex's interests included the church and the arts. She was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, where she sang in the choir during her years in the Lehigh Valley. She served as Secretary of St. Stephen's (Anglican Foundation of the Lehigh Valley Foundation). She was also one of the founding members of the Society of the Arts of the Allentown Art Museum.

Father: Arthur Tillinghast Huston (1894-1964)
Mother: Isabelle Dinsmore Johnson (1892-1984)

Spouse: Charlton Thomas "Tom" Fuller (1919-2011)


Note: Some events and people are not listed to protect the privacy of living persons. 

  • 1924

    August 4 - Born in New York City. The 1st of two children born to Arthur and Isabelle Huston. 

  • ~1927

    Family moves to Sea Island, Georgia, their family home being the third house built on the island.

  • 1942

    June - Graduates from Glynn Academy, Brunswick, Georgia

  • ~1942

    Attends Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

  • 1944

    Teaches at the Sea Island School, Georgia, for two years.

  • 1946

    June 14 - Marries Tom Fuller at Christ Church, Frederica, Georgia. 

  • 2021

    January 21 - Dies at her home, Willow Brook Farms, Catasauqua PA, aged 94 years. 

Image of telegram which reads: Edyth Alexandria Huston six three quarters poinds born ten fifteen Monday evening Isabelle wonderfully well whole proceedure only two hours love from the four of us Arthur.
Telegram announcing the birth of Alex by her proud father, Arthur, in New York City to his father-in-law who worked as an editor at The Saturday Evening Post in Philadelphia. "The four of us" probably refers to father Arthur, mother Isabelle, baby Alex, and Isabelle's step-mother, Edyth Alexandra Johnson, after whom baby Alex was named. Isabelle and her step-mother were very close. The telegram was sent as a Night Letter, a telegram sent at night for next-day delivery.


  1. Holly Fuller McLain, "Alexandra Fuller Obituary", www.legacy.com, originanlly published by The Morning Call (Allentown PA), Jan. 29, 2019.
  2. Vicki Fuller, emails to Hope Stewart dated January 2024.
  3. "Charlton Fuller Obituary", www.legacy.com, originanlly published by The Morning Call (Allentown PA), Sep. 7, 2011.
  4. "Peachtree Parade" social column, The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia), Thursday, Jul 5, 1945; p17.
  5. "Miss Alex Huston Weds Lt. Charlton T. Fuller, USNR", The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia), Sunday, June 09, 1946; p38.
  6. Ancestry.com, "Pennsylvania, U.S., Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966", [database on-line] Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

Last updated: 22 January 2024

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