Dorothy Eleanor Foley Fisher was born November 16, 1915 to George and Kathryn Biersner Foley in Walla Walla, Washington. She died September 29, 2012 at French Prairie Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Woodburn, Oregon. She spent her first four years on her grandfather’s farm near Washtucna, Washington. Her family moved to Long Beach, California and then to Artesia, California, where she grew up and graduated from Excelsior Union High School at 16 years of age. Dorothy attended Long Beach Community College for a year and a half, then married William L. Fisher on September 19, 1934. They made their home in Artesia, California, where their two oldest children were born.
In 1941, they moved back to her grandfather’s farm in Washtucna, Washington. Four more children were born to them over the next 11 years. Dorothy and her husband ran a successful wheat ranch, retiring in 1975. During the ranching years, they expanded their business interests into long-term care, owning nursing facilities in Roseburg, Corvallis and Grants Pass, Oregon. Dorothy enjoyed traveling with her husband, corresponding with family and friends and earning her pilot’s license. Her hobbies were gardening, crocheting and playing the piano. The last two she did up to the time of her death. Dorothy’s greatest joys were her faith in God and her love of family.
They moved to Roseburg, Oregon, in 1984, making their home in Flournoy Valley. In 2002, they moved to Callahan Assisted Living, where her husband passed away that year, four days short of their 68th anniversary. Dorothy moved to Salem, Oregon in 2010 to be closer to her children, and to Woodburn, Oregon in 2012.
Dorothy is survived by her six children and their spouses: William and Darlene, Salem, OR; Kathryn Stanley, Eugene, OR; David and Sharron, Washtucna, WA; Thomas and Valerie, Connell, WA; Julianne Fisher, Salem; Claire and Merlin Hart, Eugene; 17 grand children, 20 great grand children and 2 great great grand children.