|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1924|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 2004|
Ella Cathren Ragland, daughter of Warren and Ora Hough Fisher, was born January 11, 1924, near Orla, Missouri. She departed this life Sunday, June 6, 2004, in Christian Healthcare North, in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of eighty years, four months, and twenty-five days.
On March 22, 1943, she was united in marriage to John Samuel Ragland, and to this union two daughters were born.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sam, on October 21, 1988; two brothers, Victor Wright, and George Fisher; and a sister, Isabel Laurent.
Ella is survived by two daughters, Pat Cunningham, and her husband, Larry, of Conway, Missouri, and Joyce Ragland-Daniels, and her husband, Dave, of Bristol, Illinois; three grandchildren, Larry John Cunningham, of Conway, Missouri, Jennifer Huber, and her husband, John, of Marshfield, Missouri, and Alana Banks, of Conway, Missouri; four great-grandchildren, Joseph and Jessica Huber, and Joshua and Jennah Cunningham; a brother, Harold Fisher, of Rock Island, Illinois; two sisters, Bonnie Massey, of Springfield, Missouri, and Josephine Millard, of Phillipsburg, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
She was born near Orla, and was raised in the Phillipsburg community, where she graduated from Phillipsburg High School. She then moved to St. Louis and made her home with her sister and brother-in-law, and worked in their shoe store. During World War II, she was employed by Carter's Carburetor while the plant made fuses for bombs. After she and Sam were married, they made their home on their farm near Phillipsburg, Missouri, and lovingly raised their daughters. Besides being a devoted and hardworking homemaker, Ella also was a business partner with her husband in building a modern dairy operation. They milked registered Jersey cows, a breed known for high butter fat content; therefore, generating a higher price for the milk. Later, they sold the farm and made their home in Springfield, Missouri for a few years before returning to the Conway area and residing on a five-acre mini-farm adjacent to their former dairy farm. They then moved to Lebanon, Missouri, where Ella was employed at Justice Furniture Company. After Sam's passing in 1988, Ella moved to Conway and lived in a white house with a white picket fence, and again grew her favorite flowers in her garden. In July of 2002, following a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, she moved into Christian Healthcare North in Lebanon, where she received wonderful care.
Ella made her profession of faith in Christ early in her life and was a member of the Conway Christian Church for many years.
In her spare time she enjoyed working in her flower garden, and was a gifted artist creating beautiful oil paintings and heirloom quality quilts. Her family was very important to her and she especially enjoyed all of her grandchildren.
Ella was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate her life and her accomplishments and will cherish the wonderful memories she created for her family and friends.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2004, in the Holman-Howe Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Rose Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 7 - 8:30 under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon, Missouri.
Warren H Fisher (1878 - 1970)
Ora O. Hough Fisher (1892 - 1974)
John Samuel Ragland (1909 - 1988)
Victor A. Wright (1915 - 2000)**
Ella Cathren Fisher Ragland (1924 - 2004)
Mount Rose Memorial Park
Created by: Juanita Sloan Lowrance
Record added: Feb 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24775742