OBITUARY ~ FRANCES GENEVA (MATTHEWS) FISHER
December 31, 1925 ~ August 23, 2011
Frances Geneva MATTHEWS FISHER was born on December 31, 1925 in
Delphos, Iowa, and left this earth on August 23 at the Ringgold Co.
Hospital. She was the youngest of nine children born to Rose and
Fletch MATTHEWS. Neva attended elementary school in Delphos and later
graduated from Mt. Ayr High School with the class of 1944.
at HORNE Hardware in her high school and young adult life.
Neva was baptized at an early age while attending the Baptist Church
in Mt. Ayr.
She was married to Robert FISHER at the First Christian
Church where they continued membership.
In 1951 Neva and Bob built a house on Dunning Avenue where they
raised two daughters, Angela and Joan.
Bob, his brother-in-law, and
his father, Keith, owned and operated Mt. Ayr Implement Co. where Neva
helped with the bookkeeping. Neva was involved with church, many
volunteer groups, clubs, and community betterment activities. She
enjoyed entertaining and sang for many years with the Choral
Church activities were central to Neva's life. She taught Sunday
School for 60 plus years, directed the choir, worked as a camp
counselor, served as an elder, and sang for countless funerals. Neva
considered the writing and directing of an Easter drama as one of her
Neva adored her grandchildren and created scrapbooks chronicling
their lives. Each scrapbook involved hundreds of hours of work and
they have become priceless to each member of the family.
Neva was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents, eight
siblings, one infant grandson, and a step-grandson.
Her legacy lives
on through her daughters, Angela and husband Darrell, Joan and husband
Norman. Her beloved grandchildren include Annie (Rick)
SCHWEITZBERGER, Nicolas RIZER, Robert Cale RIZER, Jentry (Daniel)
GRAHAM, and Jayni RIZER. Grandma "Neenee" was loved by her
great-grandchildren, Dylan, Drew, and Emrey.
Memorials may go to the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 26, 2011 at 11:00, First Christian
Church of Mount Ayr. Interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr
with Rev. Chris CONKLIN officiating. Music was provided by Jane THOMAS, Joan RIZER and John ALLEN.
Pallbearers included Norman RIZER, Darrell DODGE, Nic RIZER, Cale RIZER, Rick SCHWEITZBERT and Daniel GRAHAM.
Honored guests were Alvin CROSS, Ginny EIGHMY, Cleola GEIST, Lloyd and Laverne GLENDENNING, Betty GRIFFITH,
Doris HANNON, Cleone HOSFIELD, Beulah HUTCHINSON, Edna JONES, Sybil KELLEY, Jim MAHAN, Grace MOSER, Robert and
Marilyn RICHARDS, Kathy RINEHART, Nina SALTZMAN, Helen TERRY, Hugh and Kay TERWILLIGER, Leroy and Betty Jean
TRIMBLE, Jean and Gerold WILLEY and the First Christian Church Sunday school class.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2011
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