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Ethel Fisher

December 17, 1935 — November 5, 2015

Ethel Marie Black Fisher, 79, of Victorville, CA was called home by the Lord on November 5, 2015. Her memorial service was held on Monday, November 23rd, 4:00 PM at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, CA. Rev. Michael Coffee and Rev. Peter Uwarow of the Community Church at Jess Ranch will officiate. The graveside service and interment will be on December 1st, 11:00 AM, at the Mexia Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Mexia, Texas. Rev. Andy Davis of the First Baptist Church at Belton, TX will officiate.

Born in Malakoff, Texas to Harold and Gladie Fountain on December 17, 1935, Marie was an old fashioned kind of girl. Raised by gentle parents, they gave her the lifelong gifts of virtue and strong family values. She grew up in Mexia, where her father owned Fountain's Welding and her mother did the bookkeeping for the business. Being the youngest of three children, she adored her siblings, Harold and Alice, speaking lovingly of them her entire life. Growing up in small town Texas was special, allowing her many happy memories and an innocence which remained throughout her life. Always a movie buff, she especially enjoyed westerns and singing cowboy movies, readily available at the small theater in Mexia.

A woman of many talents, her hands were never idle. She was a meticulous homemaker who filled her days caring for her family. Married at the age of 17 to her Texas A & M sweetheart, Shelton Glenn Black, also raised in Mexia, their lives concentrated on his career and raising a family. Between the U.S. Army and Glenn's work, she moved over 30 times during their years together residing in Germany, Florida, New York, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas several times in between. She was an excellent cook, spoiling her family with delicious southern cooking. Especially memorable were her big homemade breakfasts. If something required a needle and thread or yarn, there was no end to what those loving hands could create. Her sewing machine was always humming as she made beautiful dresses for herself and her daughter. Family members and friends have been gifted many times over with her crocheted doilies, afghans and counted cross stitch pieces.

Sadly after 47 years of marriage, Marie became a widow after Glenn died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2001 at the age of 69. However, love and life were far from over for Marie. After Glenn's death, Marie and Dr. Flake Fisher, a close family friend, were married in Temple, Texas. Flake's spouse had passed only two weeks prior to Glenn. As one of Glenn's agronomy professors at Texas A & M, Dr. Fisher and his wife were close friends of the Black's since the days at A & M. Their friendship spanned 50 years. Due to their shared history, Marie and Flake fell in love, providing solace and companionship as they cruised abroad and drove the highways of the western U.S. Married for 11 years, Marie sadly became a widow again in 2012.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Teresa and David Dicus of Apple Valley, CA, son and daughter in law Doyle and Janell Black of Aurora, CO, son Keith Black of Coldspring, TX; stepson Kenneth Fisher, two stepdaughters Kay Goldsmith and Kerry Butler; her sister Alice Wilk of Kaneohe, HI; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Season's Hospice Foundation, 8686 Haven Ave., Suite 300, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.


Graveside Service

Mexia Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Mexia, TX  00000
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
11:00 am
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