Fisher passed away at 8 pm on Sunday, 29th of June 2014, in
Funeral is in St James Episcopal Jackson, MS. Mon 7
July, 11 am
Visitation is same day, at 10 am.
George: I know that Red and their children covet your
prayers at this time, and in the days ahead. Leslie and I were
blessed to have Martha and Red come through Mobile to be with us
for Easter Services at St. Paul's in a recent year, and then
stay for Easter dinner at the Wafer Table in our home
afterwards. Martha, per her usual custom, wrote us a memorable
note afterwards and I cherish the words she shared!
had the completely unexpected honor and privilege to share the
last two months with her and Red and the Fisher clan as she made
this transition from the earthly life to the life hereafter. God
showed up in our midst and something deeply needed in my heart
concerning the bonds formed at Redeemer was touched and healed
in the times I spent with Red and Martha. We, the Redeemer
community, asked God to make us a family back then and He did.
It wasn't a figment of our imagination! It was and is real, and
though perhaps dormant for some for many years, yet unbroken.
Please pray for the Fishers as they mourn their loss of wife and
mother. I lost a dear sister and friend and "other" mother, and
I will miss her...
Martha for the past two months and over the course of her final
hours was a God-ordained time. On Sunday afternoon, her last
day, Red, three of their sons, a daughter-in-law and I sang over
her for about an hour and a half - every song we could remember
- each of us starting them as they came to mind and the others
joining in as we could. Red was quieted when we were singing,
where he was restless and agitated otherwise. One nurse who came
in during this time to administer some meds to Martha, was so
moved by the music, she dashed from the room in tears.
The Fishers in
general are a very musically gifted family, and the three sons
present would quickly branch off into beautiful harmonies.
Delightful - truly!
I have never
before sat vigil with one so close to death, and was moved by a
tremendous sense of being surrounded by the family of God, the
great cloud of witnesses. I became sure of the bonds that bind
us together across time and knew she was not alone in her
journey to the other side. It was deeply impactful for me, and
beautiful, and I feel the tears I have shed since she left us
arise from gratitude for being included as member of this
particular branch of the family tree. What a mighty God we
Beautiful, Ellen. Thank you--feel almost like I was there.
George: Clay is right and my heart feel deep feelings for
Red. Thank you Ellen for your candor.
Martha and I presented a lot of talks to newcomers when Topsy
and I were guest masters. Martha would often come to my rescue
and help me present. She was so encouraging and erudite.
Cherie: Red and Martha were so encouraging in the
beginning of Dave and my relationship together and mentored us
through our courtship and early marriage. Rock solid and a bit
crazy....good combo. And Luke Fisher was one of our groomsmen.
Dave: Bright, Intelligent, witty, fun, honestly curious,
did I say fun? And a wonderful heart for her Lord and her
family. I can say this after living with Red and Martha and the
kids for awhile during a very important part of my life. What
she and Red offered has stayed with me my whole life. Red,
Martha's equal in every way pulled me aside one day and told me,
Dave, you must always remember, they're (wives) a whole lot
smarter than us, and we will never, ever, catch up.
Steven: Red volunteered to operate on my knee sight
unseen because I was not insured but worked on the maintenance
crew at Church of the Redeemer, and Martha let me recuperate in
their beautiful home in Jackson. What saints!
Ellen: My best memory from earlier days was a summer
visit to their home in Jackson on Kings Highway. I stayed a
couple of weeks. Every night after dinner, everyone gathered
round in the family room and Martha read aloud to us from
"The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew."
She was so
dramatic and it fascinated me! I loved that family activity.
Ever since then, I have loved reading aloud to others and I
totally credit Martha with starting me down that path. These
past few months I have had the great joy of reading aloud to her
and Red from the "Little Britches" series. We were almost
finished with the second book when she moved on to glory.
I know that if he had a computer, that Jim Brown would be
writing something wonderful about the Fishers ... we had a great
conversation about them one evening this week. He was saying
that he really learned something from Dr. Red that he has taken
into his life and remembers often. It all had to do with trying
a seemingly impossible task, and not giving up.
her soul enter into glory and may God comfort ALL her family.
Debbie: Give rest, O Christ, to your servant Martha with
your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing,
but life everlasting.