Mildred “Millie” Fisher, 91, of Jackson, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at the Algona Manor Care Center in Algona, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Minnesota with Pastor Eunice Woodberry and Pastor Steve DeKok officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.
Burial will take place following the funeral service at Riverside Cemetery in Jackson.
Mildred “Millie” Fisher was born on July 28, 1928, in rural Matlock, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Irene (Hassebrook) Pater. As a child she lived with her parents in the Matlock and Lake Park, Iowa, areas. At the age of 13 she moved to the home of Henry and Evelyn Walker where she helped them with domestic and farm chores. She graduated from Lake Park high school in 1947, where she was in school plays, won awards for her poetry and played girls basketball. During her teenage years she was also active in the Dickinson County 4-H program where she won honors both on the local and state level for her canning and sewing.
Millie met Lyle Fisher when Henry Walker was buying a work horse from Lyle’s dad. Lyle asked Millie to go roller skating and that was the start of a love affair that lasted more than 70 years. They were married at a candlelight ceremony at the Presbyterian Church in Lake Park, Iowa, on June 26, 1949. They started their married life in a small house on Lyle’s parents’ farm and later moved to Middletown Township in Jackson County, Minn., where they farmed until retirement. Millie loved farm life and was especially good with the farrowing house duties. She always had a big garden and she fed the family all year long with her canned goods. She also liked annual flowers, especially petunias and marigolds, which she always had planted around the house and garden. Later in her life she belonged to the Jackson Garden Club.
Millie was creative in every way. She sewed beautiful clothes for herself and her daughters until they were old enough to sew. She then taught them to sew and be creative with textiles, something they are very grateful for to this day.
Millie was a life-long member of the Know Your Neighbor birthday club. The group of farm ladies met once a month just to visit. Lunch was always something special that the hostess had made. During their “younger years” there were more kids than adults and they always planned a separate lunch for the kids that included some bright colored Kool-Aid.
Millie was a 4-H leader for the Middletown Livewires club. She was also a member of the Pork Producers “Porkettes”. She enjoyed being “Miss Piggy” in the humorous skits that she helped create and present at various events around the county. She also belonged to the Riverbend Quilter’s Guild and made countless beautiful quilted items for herself and her family.
Millie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Minn. She served as a deacon and belonged to the Mary Circle. She was known as the “official coffee maker” for the church.
Millie passed away on Dec. 24, 2019, at The Manor in Algona, Iowa, at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 26 days.
Millie is survived by her daughters Linda (John) Givan, Sandra (Bruce) Gervais and Brenda (David) Gervais; six grandchildren, eight great-grand children, sister-in-law Anna Marie Schumann and several nieces and nephews.
Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; her parents; brothers Albert, Raymond and Clarence Pater and sister Dorothy Arnold; special “foster” parents Henry and Evelyn Walker; brothers-in-law Leroy, Kenneth and Roger Fisher, Clarence Schumann and Lee Arnold; sisters-in-law Barb and Ruth Pater and Vivian and Marliss Fisher; and nephews Keith and Dan Fisher, and Randy Arnold.
Blessed be the memory of Millie Fisher.