Obituary: Elaine Floyd Fisher

Loving daughter, mother and wife

Claremont resident of 51 years Elaine Floyd Fisher died on October 13, 2016, at Pomona Valley Hospital, of complications from pneumonia. Her daughter Evangeline was by her side. She was 83.

She was born in Fort Worth, Texas on November 2, 1934, the only child of Harry and Luella Floyd. When Elaine was a toddler the family relocated to Plainfield, New Jersey after her father took a position with NBC in New York City.

She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1957 and attended Harvard Divinity School where she met her husband of 53 years, Edmund “Ted” Fisher. She obtained a doctorate in theology from Harvard in 1962. The Fishers moved to California in 1965 after Elaine’s father was relocated by NBC to serve as West Coast vice president.

Mrs. Fisher was the assistant dean of women at USC until having her daughter Evangeline in 1967, at which time she became a homemaker. She spent most of her time making sure her beloved daughter excelled in life. She taught Sunday school at Claremont Presbyterian Church, donated her time at Foothill Country Day School and volunteered in the recovery room at the Huntington Memorial Hospital. A devoted daughter, she spent years caring for her parents in Flintridge, California, who both suffered from Alzheimer’s.

Twelve years ago Elaine, too, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she went to live in the Pilgrim Place Health Center. Two years ago, when her husband also needed 24-hour care, she moved home.

She is survived by her husband Ted Fisher, daughter Evangeline Fisher Grossman, son-in-law Marc Grossman and grandsons Sam, Harry and Joey.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21 at 11 a.m. at Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church, located at 830 W. Bonita Ave. in Claremont.


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