September 8, 1932 - April 26, 2023
Edith “Edie” Fisher, 90, of Belle Center, Ohio, died at the Logan Convalescent Home near Belle Center on April 26, 2023, after a 6-month illness. A service was held Monday, May 1st at the at the Belle Center United Presbyterian Church, and a burial service was held on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Fairview Cemetery also in Belle Center.
Born September 8, 1932, in Hot Springs, S.D., Edie was the third child in a family of ten children. Even as a child, she was a hard worker, always willing to help her mother with the younger ones and working her way through school. She attended a rural, one-room school through eighth grade, and graduated from Hot Springs High School (Class of 1950) and St. Catherine’s School of Nursing in Omaha, Neb.
In 1954, Edie met her future husband, Ed Fisher, in Lincoln Neb. Edie was working as a surgical nurse for an orthopedic surgeon and Ed was in his final year at the University of Nebraska’s Mechanical Engineering Program. Edie knew right away how special Ed was, and they were married on June 4, 1958. He was the “love of her life” for the next 65 years. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2018 in Gig Harbor, Wash., with many family members and friends from all over the country in attendance.
In November 1958, they moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where they lived for 16 years and raised their family of three children, Rodney, Norman and Janet. Edie was very involved in the children’s school activities, the PTA and Boy Scouts. In 1974, the Fishers moved back to Ohio to work on the family farm, following the sudden passing of Ed’s father. In Ohio, Edie became involved in many clubs and activities, including The Volunteer Ambulance Squad, The Kings Daughters, General Federation of Women’s Club, Sew and So Club, Daughters of the Eastern Star, Arbor Day Tree City, and served as a Deacon and Elder in the Belle Center United Presbyterian Church.
In August 1986, they set sail on a home-built sailboat, S/V Drummer, and sailed from Port Huron to Miami and onto the Bahamas for 10 months. In January 2004, they set sail in a home-built trawler, and explored the west coast of Florida, the Keys and Everglades for seven months.
Edie was very proud of her children and never missed an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments or visits. She also attended all her nieces and nephews’ weddings and danced into the night. She was always showing up with a car full of delicious baked goods and could put on a meal for 20+ people in what seemed like a matter of minutes. Everybody who knew her will miss her big smile, warm hugs and handwritten Christmas cards and letters. Edie has been a role model for so many people in her life beginning with her spirit of hospitality, respecting and honoring one another, having a kind heart and having a positive attitude towards life. Edie gathered dear friends everywhere she lived, practiced her faith and was an active member of her church.
Edie is survived by her husband of 64 years, Edwin N. Fisher; children, Rodney of Washington State, Norman of Belle Center and Janet of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren, Ashley, Megan and Lysandra. She was cherished by her surviving sisters, Rosemary To, Flora Stearns, Alice Peters, Helen Peters, Betty Crippen, and Paulene (and John) Staben. In addition, she leaves many nieces and nephews and numerous lifelong friends she made wherever she lived. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lizze Peters, two sisters, Darlene and Mary Ann, her only brother Clayton, and infant daughter Jeanne.