Mother, daughter crowned
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Rebecca Fuller (left) and her mother, Anne Marie Fuller (right), talk to Armenia Pereira, director of the McHenry House Family Shelter, as they look over toys being donated to the shelter on Wednesday, May 29. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Rebecca Fuller (left) and her mother, Anne Marie Fuller (right), talk to Armenia Pereira, director of the McHenry House Family Shelter, as they look over toys being donated to the shelter on Wednesday, May 29. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A Tracy mother and daughter will be competing on a national stage in July when they represent the state of California at the Beauties of the Nation competitions in Southern California.

Anne Marie Fuller, 40, and her daughter Rebecca, 16, were crowned Mrs. California and Miss Teen California on Saturday, May 25, during separate pageants at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster.

“It’s weird calling myself Miss Teen California,” said the Tracy High School sophomore. “I never thought it would be possible. My goal in life is to become an actress.”

Her first taste of pageants came at the age of 11, when she competed for Tracy Bean Queen for the first time.

The rising junior at Tracy High said she didn’t place, but a few years later, she took first runner-up and her love of pageants was born.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “I like to entertain people.”

A veteran of local theater, Rebecca has performed in a number of musicals — most recently as a cast member in the production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Tracy Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in December.

“I like pageants, but I want to move into theater,” she said. “I like acting and being on stage. This is my starting point. You’ve got to start somewhere.”

In August, she was crowned Miss Teen San Joaquin Valley, and with her newest state title, she is turning her attention to the Beauties competition with her mother in Los Angeles from July 12-14.

When it comes to the mother of the team, Anne Marie Fuller, she’s fairly new to the pageant scene.

“To me it’s once in a lifetime,” she said. “It’s been an amazing experience.”

She was appointed to the title Mrs. Central California in late August, but it wasn’t until the state competition last week that she had to go against her peers on a much broader scale.

“She talked me into it (pageants),” said Anne Marie, as she pointed at Rebecca.

Although new to pageants, Anne Marie Fuller has experience in the limelight, having modeled in the Bay Area since she was 17 years old.

She said the best part about the pageants was doing them with Rebecca.

“I put it over the moon that we can do it together,” she said.

She said the whole experience has brought them closer together.

As one of the top two scorers in the Mrs. California competition, Anne Marie Fuller said she was given new toys to distribute to the charity of her choice. She said she chose the McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter.

On Wednesday, May 29, the mother-daughter team delivered 11 toys to the shelter.

“I’m so grateful they brought these for the kids,” said shelter director Armenia Pereira. “I’ll make sure everyone get one.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 834-8882 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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oldshoe
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June 03, 2013
I`am glad to see I have some fans.
mascot1
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June 03, 2013
For those of you who don't really know Anne Marie, she is one of the most caring individuals I know. When she hears of a charity needing help with either a fundraiser or to help say an injured animal like Larry the Lab or Comet the Golden Retriever, she helps get the word out so that other caring citizens of Tracy and beyond can reach out and save the pets in need. She has helped two major charities with the above named dogs who now have loving furever homes. She has also profiled and helped raise awareness for Wings of Rescue which are pilots who donate their planes and time to fly dogs and cats from high kill shelters to states that are looking for dogs and cats to adopt. She has helped bring about the awareness of Brighter Christmas a charity that helps families that are less fortunate have a holiday filled with food and gifts for the younger children. She has made others aware of the CERT program which is a class taught by Tracy Fire so if there is a major emergency in town, these trained citizens will assit the fire department in turn helping other citizens. If one doesn't have the desire or the time to help a charity then please don't put down others who do.
oldshoe
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June 03, 2013
now you want to give her credit for the hard work Gene and Steve have done.
newsfan01
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June 03, 2013
@ oldshoe I think you might have a problem with cyber-bullying. Let's see, first it was her age, then you said that she should stay home and cook and clean, then you criticized her makeup; sounds more like jealousy to me. And how is bringing awareness to an organization taking away from hard work? You're only goal here is to be argumentative. I know you will respond to this, it seems to be your pattern.
mascot1
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June 03, 2013
I have personally helped Steve and Gene with Brighter Christmas. As they can't be everywhere, getting the word out via media is one of their ways to reach the public for volunteers to help, financial donations and for the families to be aware of when sign ups are etc. Anne Marie has been of assistance getting the word out when needed. I agree with newsfan01 that you, oldshoe, seem to enjoy a version of cyber-bullying and it is a sad comment to your life that you have nothing better than to be an antagonist to anything positive that is said. Why don't you get off this story and go harrass the railroad for shutting down major streets in town when they put in new crossing gates, etc. This way you are attacking an entity instead of a wonderful human being.
TracyCitizen
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June 03, 2013
Shelly, I have to agree with you as well. My mama taught me the same thing.
oldshoe
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June 03, 2013
my mama told me to always tell the truth!!!!
newsfan01
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June 03, 2013
My mama always said put up or shut up. Where is the article on you?
oldshoe
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June 03, 2013
I don`t need one or want one, I`am not on a big ego trip.
newsfan01
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June 03, 2013
Hey oldshoe let me get this right that anyone that is in the paper is on an ego trip? Are you really trying to alienate everyone in town? Your doing a great job of it. Sad we have narrow minded people that can't see the good.
backinblack
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June 02, 2013
And the award for the most ridiculous and sexist comment goes to...........

oldshoe for "like golfwidow over 40 should stay at home to cook and clean like we are supposed to do."

oldshoe
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June 02, 2013
I would like to thank my fans AND the Academy.
newsfan01
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June 01, 2013
I see that this is the most viewed article in the paper. I am new to Tracy by 3 years and have seen both of these ladies at council meetings and other forums. I applaud the effort they make. As I read through the comments listed one thought comes to mind. There are those that "DO" and those that sit back and comment on those that "DO". I would rather be a "DO". Congratulations to you Anne Marie and you Rebecca. Can't wait to see what is next.
shelly13
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June 01, 2013
I too have had some dealings with her. I could give several examples but I have mixed feelings and my mom always told me if you do not have anything nice to say don't say it at all. Sometimes I can't seem to help myself but this time I will put forth an effort:)

Best of luck to her daughter.
GolfWidow
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June 01, 2013
For what it's worth we are lucky to have her. How she finds time to do all she does and win a state pageant, I'll never know. I don't think she ever sleeps. When I first met Anne Marie I thought she was a "barbie" but when I talked with her I was blown away about her passion for helping. I know she has been working hard alongside the rescues to help Tracy get a new animal shelter. I don't we can hold someone to a standard we could not live up to. You may not like her makeup OldShoe but she is helping our town and that is what really counts. I am sure those kids at the shelter will get lots of use out of the toys donated and again that shows another avenue in which she helps. In my book Anne Marie and Rebecca what you have accomplished so far is outstanding and a great example to the rest of us. I wish you both the best of luck!
oldshoe
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June 01, 2013
like golfwidow over 40 should stay at home to cook and clean like we are supposed to do.
mascot1
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May 31, 2013
I too know Anne Marie. She is a beautiful and vibrant person inside and out. Her generosity to and for this community is to be commended. Donating the toys to McHenry house for the children to have something new to play with shows her heart in giving. I agree with Mblog that the Press photo did not capture the best lighting but her Mrs.California FB page shows amazing photos of how radiantly beautiful she is.
oldshoe
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June 01, 2013
all that powder and paint would make anyone look good.
Mblog
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June 01, 2013
Well said Mascot. You see the effort being made and it's a great example to follow. TP could have used a better picture and maybe that would have given people less to talk about. How many other people are this involved in their community, only hand full around here I can think of. When she helps promote a chairity, they get donations! Keep it up girle!
mthouseman
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May 31, 2013
Oldshoe must have been one of the runner-ups in the pagent
backinblack
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May 31, 2013
Irony, A person going by the screen name oldshoe opining about someone looking a lot older than 40.
Mblog
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May 31, 2013
Very Nice.
oldshoe
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May 31, 2013
that woman looks a lot older than 40.
Mblog
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May 31, 2013
Reply to Oldshoe. This is not a very good picture. I have seen her at events in person and she could pass for 30. You should look at her Mrs. California fb page and wow she is HOT! Moms never looked like her when I was growing up.


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