|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1920|
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 2006|
Marianne Elise Fisher died of cancer Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at her home in Billings. She was 86.
Marianne was born on June 17, 1920, to John Alden Fritchey and Anna (Bowers) Fritchey at their home in Claremont, Ill.
As a girl, she helped her family make ends meet with their Depression-era grocery store, helping to cure hams in the barn and filling bins with ice to cool the cream and milk they sold from the local farms.
In an age when many families could not afford prescription glasses for their children, she developed a love for reading and for other close-up work, including sewing, knitting, tatting and needlepoint. She also loved to tag along on the horse-drawn buggy with her grandfather, Dr. Dan Bowers, a country doctor, as he made house-calls to farm families who lived along the unpaved rural roads.
Her interest in medicine carried her to nursing school, where she earned her registered nurse's certificate two years out of high school in 1940.
After a few years in south Texas, she returned home and married Dr. H. Noland Fisher, an ophthalmologist, in Olney, Ill., on July 4, 1948. Drawn by Dr. Fisher's love for the West and for the outdoors, the family quickly moved to Billings, where Marianne raised her four children and lived for 58 years.
In her professional life, Marianne worked part-time as a private nurse as she raised her oldest children. She returned to work full-time at Deaconess Billings Clinic, then known as Deaconess Hospital, in the early 1970s.
In the mid-1970s, as a member of the Montana Nurses' Association, she helped lead the nursing staff to the brink of a strike to win better wages and working conditions on the hospital's floors. On the medical-surgical floor where she worked, her compassion for families who were attempting to deal with the terminal illnesses of their loved ones, led her to search for ways to treat the entire family and to help them come to terms with their grief, with their losses and with their lives.
She worked with the Big Sky Hospice for several years after her retirement from the hospital.
At home, Marianne was loved for her humor, her wisdom and her strength. Along with reading and sewing, she dabbled at various times in oil painting and china painting. She loved her home and her gardens ? her painting hobbies were particularly valued, she said, because they helped her to see nature in finer detail.
She frequently said that her children and grandchildren were her greatest joys.
She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Aagenes-Janzer and husband Red Janzer of Kalispell; and by her sons, Joseph Fisher of Casper, Wyo., Richard Fisher and wife Donna Fisher of Casper, and David Fisher and wife Joan Fisher of Bend, Ore.
She is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and by her youngest brother, Gerald David Fritchey and his wife Linda of Ferguson, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1973; by her oldest sister, Josephine Williams, also a longtime Billings resident; and by another brother, Bud Fritchey of Franklin, Ky.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th, with a reception to follow.
Private family burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The arrangements are under the direction of Dahl Funeral and Cremation Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Sky Hospice, PO Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107 or Rocky Mountain Hospice, 2110 Overland Ave. Suite 111, Billings, MT 59102.
Published in the Billings Gazette on 10/15/2006.
John Quincy Alden Fritchey (1893 - 1984)
Anna Bower Fritchey (1891 - 1984)
Marianne Elise Fritchey Fisher (1920 - 2006)
John Quincy Alden Fritchey (1921 - 2004)*
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