Marlene Mae Fisher passed away peacefully Sunday, September 10, 2017 with family at her side at the home of her daughter, Lori Copeland, in Riverside.
Her family was able to spend her closing days and hours with her. Her daughter Lori and husband Brad, her son Steve and wife Beth Anne, her sister Linda, her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s families, and extended family surrounded her. Before her death on Sunday morning they joined around her bedside and prayed with her and even had the privilege of singing a few of her favorite hymns as she slipped away. They said, “We are eternally grateful that Marlene was a strong person of faith her entire life and that she left this world knowing with confidence that God had prepared a special place in His kingdom for her.”
She was 82 and had suffered from pancreatic cancer since May. Marlene and her husband Jerry moved from their home near Palomar Mountain just two weeks ago due to Marlene’s failing health from pancreatic cancer.
Mrs. Fisher grew up in Paynesville, Minnesota and moved to San Diego to take her first and only job of 40 plus years as a Spanish teacher at Francis Parker School. She married Gerald Fisher in 1957 and grew a family with incredible love, smarts, discipline tempered with freedom, and persistent interest in her family’s lives. She was a model of kindness, and compassion, and endurance, never complaining.
She led a life of adventure travelling the world with Jerry and her children, possessing a private pilot’s license and leading numerous trips to Mexico and Catalina Island with students. She somehow found time to contribute to her church over the years with women’s groups, teaching Sunday school, and Bible study. She was a long-time member of Delta Kappa Gamma and other professional organizations.
Her faith was palpable and spoke for itself. Her family is overjoyed she is now on a new journey, looking back, and learning about God’s creation from a whole new perspective. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gerald Fisher of Santa Ysabel; sister, Linda Wodiuk of Glenwood Springs, CO; daughter, Lori (Brad) Copeland of Riverside; son, Stephen (Beth Anne) Fisher of Denver, CO; two grandchildren (Deanna Cohen, Abby Sindaha); and four great-grandchildren (Kierstyn, Caitlyn, Parker, Canon); and her dog Molly.
A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, September 16, at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Presbyterian Church, 7200 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504. If you are unable to attend, your prayers are appreciated.