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EILEEN FAYE (HUTCHISON) FISHER
Eileen Fisher, age 81, entered the gates of heaven Sunday, November 7, 2021. She was born to Henry C. and Elsie E. (Miller) Hutchison October 7, 1940 at St. Rose Hospital, Great Bend, Kansas. She was a lifelong resident of the Ellinwood area, attended Star School, District 30 near her family home east of Ellinwood, and graduated from Ellinwood High School in 1958.
Eileen was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Ellinwood, where the following three important events in her life took place. She was baptized by Rev. Fred Kramer November 3, 1940, confirmed by Rev. Arthur F. Traugott April 11, 1954, and united in marriage to Stephen H. Fisher June 25, 1957, with the ceremony conducted by Rev. Arthur F. Traugott.
Through the years she served St. John as a vacation Bible school and Sunday school teacher, Sunday school treasurer since 1984, congregational secretary, altar guild member, greeter, lector, newsletter editor, and financial secretary since 1986.
Eileen was a longtime typesetter for the Ellinwood Leader newspaper, advancing from the linotype method to the photo typesetter, and finally finished her newspaper career with the computer method. She was employed by Ellinwood USD #355 for 19 years serving as secretary at the grade school and middle/high school offices. She retired from the school system in 2006.
Through the years she enjoyed sewing and fashioned many of her clothes and those of her children in their younger years. Later she learned the art of paper quilling while spending winters in a Mission, TX RV park with her husband in their retirement years. Attending all the sports and academic activities of her three children, and later those of her grandchildren, was truly a highlight in her life. For a number of years, she served as secretary of the Cheyenne Archery Club where she and her husband were members.
Survivors include her husband, Stephen H. Fisher; two sons: Stephen L. Fisher (Kim), Wichita, KS and Scott M. Fisher (Tawnya), Overland Park, KS; one daughter: Jean R. Thiessen, Newton, KS; six grandchildren: Michele Fisher Grantham (Jason), Bonner Springs, KS, Brent Fisher, Wichita, KS, Nathan Fisher, Brett Fisher (Lindsey), Overland Park, KS, Jill Fisher, Lawrence, KS, Kyle Thiessen, Manhattan, KS; two great-grandsons: Hunter and Levi Grantham, Bonner Springs, KS; one brother: Melvin Hutchison (Sue), Worland, WY; one sister: Shirley Sparks, Salina, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:30 AM at St. John Lutheran Church, Ellinwood, KS, with burial following at Lakin-Comanche Township Cemetery, Ellinwood.
Visitation will be held at Minnis Chapel, Ellinwood, KS on Friday, November 12, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM with family present from 5 PM -7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church, Ellinwood.