WARREN — Kay Wagner Fisher would really like everybody to know that her work right here is finished, as on Saturday, Aug. eight, 2020, at age 94, she went to hitch her Lord and her family members gone earlier than.
Kay had an extended and fruitful life that started in Bellaire, the place she was born Oct. 17, 1925, to Henry “Heine” C. Wagner and Geraldine Kaye Wagner; she was to be their solely little one.
Kay had an lively childhood as a self-described “tomboy” rising up in Warren, the place she was the one woman amongst seven boys of comparable age in her Edgewood Avenue neighborhood. Kay remained buddies along with her neighbor “brothers” all through her faculty years and stored involved with them by voluminous letter correspondence over the course of World Battle II, buoying their spirits. Thus started Kay’s behavior of amassing without end buddies that endured over distance of miles and years.
Kay attended McKinley Elementary and East Junior Excessive Faculty. She spent many summers at her Wagner grandparents’ farm down within the hills alongside the Ohio River, immersed in nation chores and pastimes. She was particularly near her grandmother, Maggie Wagner, from whom Kay typically stated she inherited her personal optimistic and dauntless spirit.
Kay’s life of feat, management and repair started in earnest in her teen years at Warren G. Harding Excessive Faculty, the place she was lively in lots of golf equipment (Boosters, Lady Reserves, the yearbook Echoes, the scholar newspaper Excessive Life, and many others.). She was pupil council president her senior yr, spearheading the conflict effort scrap drive, and graduated valedictorian of her class of 1943.
Kay retained quite a few highschool buddies who grew to become compatriots in future public curiosity endeavors a half century later.
Kay went on to school at Flora Stone Mather Faculty in Cleveland, the place she solid what was to be a lifelong friendship along with her faculty roommate, and from which she graduated in 1947.
After the conflict ended, whereas nonetheless attending faculty, Kay met returning Military Air Corps veteran Gordon P. Fisher of Champion, who was to change into her “greatest buddy” and without end love.
Kay and Gordon married in 1948 and took off on a six-week marriage ceremony journey on a shoestring, driving and tent tenting all through the West. Gordon broke his leg a couple of days out and was casted and on crutches for the remainder of the journey. On the finish of their honeymoon, they needed to promote their automobile in southern California to get prepare fare house.
Kay went to work to assist the younger couple whereas Gordon attended dental faculty, placing apart her private aspiration to go to medical faculty and change into a doctor. Throughout dental faculty, Kay and Gordon took a job as home dad and mom of a cottage at Beech Brook Orphanage for three 1/2 years, caring for 15 boys ages 11 to 17. From this expertise, they gained parenting insights and compassion for the much less lucky whereas honing their motivational and organizational abilities, all of which Kay put to good use in later life.
After Gordon accomplished dental faculty, the couple returned to Warren to construct their life collectively. Kay partnered with Gordon in his dental observe by being his sole dental assistant within the early years and workplace supervisor for the entire length of his 30-year dental profession. Whereas efficiently advancing Warren’s dental well being, Gordon and Kay developed steadfast friendships with workers, sufferers and colleagues that went far past dentistry.
Kay and Gordon had been joined by daughters Holly in 1953 and Heidi in 1955, and Kay grew to become a loving, stimulating and guiding mom, in addition to an enthusiastic participant in all of the actions the Fisher household loved collectively — together with snow snowboarding, water snowboarding, biking and climbing, canoe tenting, white water rafting… all of it.
Whereas Holly and Heidi had been rising up, Kay and Gordon had been inspirational, beneficiant and succesful mentors for a lot of youth, each formally and informally. Kay and Gordon had been good at invigorating folks of all ages to be their greatest selves and younger folks gravitated to their open and accepting encouragement. Even in later life, highschool buddies of Holly and Heidi would drop Kay a line or pay her a go to once in a while, expressing appreciation for influencing their lives in a constructive route.
Kay was an impressive highschool Sunday faculty trainer at two completely different church buildings for a mixed complete of 15 years, and plenty of of her college students grew to become grownup buddies.
Kay was instrumental in Christian Dental Society missionary journeys to distant areas of Puerto Rico and Guatemala, the place she aided Gordon in offering dental care and remedy to folks to whom it was not in any other case accessible. Holly and Heidi additionally participated on the Puerto Rico mission journey, as Kay and Gordon believed strongly in educating their daughters early about sharing one’s blessings. Kay made it attainable for extra of such mission journeys by others to happen by elevating funds by means of giving quite a few slide present shows in regards to the household’s mission experiences.
Kay’s life of affection, journey and contribution with Gordon resulted in 1982, when he handed away after an extended battle with most cancers, which she fought alongside him. Kay would spend the subsequent 38 years of her life persevering with their joint legacy and constructing her very personal.
After Gordon’s dying, Kay launched herself full vitality into a lifetime of volunteer service to her beloved Warren group. Relating to the abundance of causes and organizations to which Kay devoted her time and vitality and the awards and accolades she obtained over time, those that knew her or of her are already conscious of the numerous and various contributions she made to Warren and of the tributes she obtained for her achievements in group service. To listing all of them could be encyclopedic and to reference some dangers others feeling slighted.
The household begs forgiveness for any omissions and encourages as a substitute that the main focus be on the important components of Kay that every one of her volunteer efforts reveal and replicate: She was a girl who was each an efficient chief and tireless servant of her group.
Kay led successfully from the entrance, the center and the rear. Up entrance, she was a artistic problem-solver who was not afraid to step out and take dangers; she was adept at figuring out initiatives after which discovering, organizing and directing the sources (folks, supplies and funds) to get the job accomplished. Her vitality and enthusiasm had been infectious.
Kay was a fundraiser extraordinaire and convincing instigator. With out her affect, persuasion, persistence and fearless knocking on doorways, many undertakings would have did not get off the bottom, or end, or endure and flourish.
Within the center, Kay was outspoken and opinionated, but additionally a collaborator who acknowledged that the majority issues price doing can’t be completed alone and require the cooperative items, skills, time and vitality of many individuals, who should be revered, impressed, nourished and partnered with to change into a power larger than one. Kay had many comrades-in-arms whom she dearly beloved and knew had been important to the success of many missions.
On the rear, Kay was all the time keen to take a position her personal sweat in doing the “grunt” work alongside these she enlisted in any effort –pushing wheelbarrows, transferring bricks, climbing ladders, cleansing flooring and getting actual soiled — offering an instance that nice issues solely occur when everybody places their again into it.
Kay was all the time looking out for the “subsequent factor that wanted consideration” to protect Warren’s distinctive historical past. Relating to the lengthy battle for historic downtown Warren, Kay demonstrated these qualities of management for many years — as a founding member, officer and / or director and / or member of The Upton Affiliation, the Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Affiliation and the Warren Heritage Middle (volunteer organizations accountable for the salvation, preservation, restoration and ongoing operations and outreach of the Harriet Taylor Upton Home, the Kinsman Home, the Perkins Pagoda, the Woods Home, creation of the Trumbull County Girls’s Park and extra).
Kay’s devotion to the betterment of Warren wasn’t restricted to preservation of its historical past. She was additionally devoted to enhancing Warren as a constructive place for folks to reside within the current. To this finish, she served for a few years on quite a few civic boards and committees and in numerous drives and organizations, together with PTO, Y-Teenagers, Easter Seals, United Method, Trumbull 100, Trumbull City Corridor, Wean Neighborhood Success Grants, YWCA, Warren Metropolis Council Group Improvement (HUD) Block Grants and extra. Kay was lively in supporting the campaigns of a number of candidates of each events for native public workplace, selling the prospects of one of the best particular person for the job with out regard to partisanship.
Kay additionally led and served in her church households on the First Reformed Church / First United Church of Christ in downtown Warren and Residing Lord Lutheran Church in Howland. She was not solely a longtime Sunday faculty trainer at each church buildings as famous above, but additionally Worship Chair, Monetary Chair and Membership Chair for the church council at Residing Lord for a mixed complete of 9 years.
Kay was robust and assured in her religion and her every day life was a testomony to her values. In her remaining months in Warren, Kay and household returned to the welcoming fold of the little downtown gold-domed church whose founding pastor was Gordon’s grandfather, Gideon Peter Fisher.
In all issues, Kay was by no means only a member; she all the time stepped up and pitched in to satisfy no matter challenges introduced themselves. She had seemingly limitless vitality, dedication and perseverance.
Kay’s efforts on behalf of the Warren space had been acknowledged in 2005 when she was profiled as considered one of Trumbull County’s Prime 25 Girls of Affect and inducted into the Warren Metropolis Faculties Distinguished Alumni Corridor of Fame; in 2006, by choice as a recipient of the Mahoning Valley Legacy Award; by being named a Trumbull County Group Star in 2014; and by being given Keys to the Metropolis of Warren in 2019. Kay tremendously appreciated these awards, however noticed every one primarily as maybe giving her a bit extra clout to hold into the subsequent problem.
Though Warren was all the time Kay’s house and centerpiece of her universe, she had insatiable curiosity about locations and other people all over the world. She and Gordon travelled extensively all through the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Tahiti, South America and Caribbean, however their travels had been time restricted throughout their working years. Kay actually prolonged her attain after Gordon’s dying, beginning with all of the locations that they had listed collectively as locations they wished to go to.
From there, she moved on to new horizons of her personal imagining. Over the course of her a few years alone, she visited each continent, besides Africa, and missed out on this one solely attributable to well being points in her later years. Kay’s explorations included Alaska, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Easter Island, England, Ecuador, Finland, France, Galapagos Islands, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Russia (when it was nonetheless the Soviet Union), Sweden, Tasmania and Tibet.
Kay was a daring spirit and her journeys had been incessantly lengthy and arduous; they had been “outdoors the field” — no bus excursions to the same old vacationer websites for her. Kay was a lifelong learner and her journeys had been adventurous and academic, with appreciable time dedicated to immersion within the historical past, tradition and pure atmosphere of no matter place she went.
Kay lived totally and gave wholly to her household, buddies and group. Whereas being an enormous asset to her group and a globetrotter, she was additionally a devoted dad or mum and grandparent. Though Holly and Heidi couldn’t wrest Kay from the grip of Warren to maneuver West, Kay was a frequent customer to their houses in Montana and Idaho on the holidays and different instances when she joined them to Christmas carol, attend birthdays, faculty applications, graduations and weddings, snow ski, water ski, backpack or assist with a marketing campaign for public workplace.
Of their maturity, Kay was a buddy greater than a mom to her daughters and he or she was a buddy to her sons-in-law, Dell Fuller and Jeff Little one, with whom she may give and take good humor and revel in good meals, particularly something from the grill.
She had robust, long-distance bonds along with her grandchildren, Drew and Hillary, in whom she took intense curiosity and to whom she gave robust and continuous encouragement and assist.
Kay maintained the Fisher household love affair with Tygart Lake State Park, W.Va., which began within the early 1960s and continued into Kay’s late 1980s. Kay taught Drew and Hillary to water ski there and final slalom skied there herself in 2006 at age 81.
Kay will likely be remembered not solely by household and group, but additionally by buddies and strangers alike. In reality, it could possibly be stated that Kay by no means met a stranger who didn’t change into a buddy. Kay was a real “folks particular person.” She was genuinely all for folks, an attentive, genuine and empathetic listener and provided a depth of perception, knowledge and expertise to anybody inclined to learn. This love of individuals was shared broadly in Warren, but additionally across the nation and the world — to gasoline dock attendants at Tygart Lake, seatmates in airplanes, Sherpas on treks and anybody wherever she may interact in dialog.
What was Kay’s best reward? That could possibly be answered in some ways. However one could be to say that she may all the time make anybody really feel that they had been a part of one thing necessary and value doing “full tilt” — whether or not that be a trigger or a challenge, an expertise or journey, household or relationship, group, neighborhood, group or nation, or particularly, their very own life.
Kay’s lifetime of “derring-do” resulted in August 2018 with a extreme well being disaster that meant she may not reside on her personal in her beloved house on Perkins Circle in Warren. Within the humbling circumstances of lack of independence that adopted this occasion, folks continued to be drawn to Kay; her well being care suppliers and residential caregivers in Warren grew to become buddies and admirers.
After months of recuperation in Warren, Kay was moved West into the embrace of household, relocating to Bozeman, Mont., the place she could possibly be sorted by Holly, whose devotion and nursing background ensured Kay’s greatest wellbeing to the end line. Holly and Heidi had been each current at Kay’s dying and shepherded her by means of her remaining hours.
Kay’s beneficiant spirit, sharp thoughts, gracious gratitude and heat coronary heart endeared her to employees and fellow residents at Highgate Senior Residing in Bozeman, the place she spent the final 18 months of her life. Kay’s passing was a profound loss, even to those that met and knew her for this quick time, completely faraway from her hometown notoriety and prominence. Kay gave gentle to others to the very finish of her days.
Kay left this life on Aug. eight, Gordon’s birthday, saying “farewell” to all of us right here who loved the wealth of her firm for therefore lengthy and “whats up” to her soulmate from whom she had been separated for much too lengthy.
Kay can be lengthy predeceased by her dad and mom and too many buddies.
Kay is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Dell Fuller of Bozeman, Mont., and grandson, Drew Fuller, and granddaughter-in-law, Betci, by her daughter, Heidi Fisher (Little one) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and granddaughter, Hillary Little one of Chicago, In poor health.
Kay was predeceased by her expensive son-in-law, Jeff Little one, in 2014.
Kay can be survived by her stepgrandchildren, Marcus Fuller of Bozeman, Mont., and Valdez, Alaska, Meghan Gervois (Tim) of Homer, Alaska, Alison Richardson (Kristian) of Whitehall, Mont., and Emily Fuller of Helena, Mont.; plus six stepgreat-grandchildren.
A memorial service will likely be held in Warren, at a date and time but to be decided. The occasion is deferred attributable to COVID-19 dangers to secure journey and public congregating. Kay’s cremains will likely be buried subsequent to Gordon in Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.
Those that want to make items of time, vitality or funds in reminiscence of Kay, please accomplish that to any of the organizations referenced above, to any group not talked about that you simply labored alongside Kay to assist or to some other teams or people whose function you select to nourish. In different phrases, in no matter means you had been blessed to know Kay, pay it ahead.