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“When I was a very young child, around 5 years old, Barb was our direct neighbor to the right. I was always fascinated that we shared the same last...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Shelby Fisher - Suisun City, CA

“Our mothers were very good friends. I always admired the spirit your mom carried with her at all times. I had lunch with her at the country club one...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Becky Vance Sedrel - Friend

“Thinking of you both, Jennifer and Jim, and the great memories of Barb, your wonderful mother! I will remember her great laugh and energy. She is one...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Susie B - Coralville, IA

“Condolences to the family and all my thoughts and prayes ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Sheri Felper wilson - Grinnell, IA

“I am going to miss her smile, laughter, and joy. Every memory of her bring thoughts of love and happiness to my mind. I am so thankful to have known...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Sarah (Pohlson) Smith - Grinnell, IA

“Very sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful person ! ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Wayne Huebener - Iowa City, IA

“Barbara's Family, Remembering with you...one life that touched so many others. Barbara and her canine companion would visit my mom years ago when...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: miriam saunders - Friend

“Rest in peace dear neighbor. Our family loved having Barb and her husband as our neighbors. Always so kind and loving to us all. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Connis Dayton - Grinnell, IA


Barbara Joan Fisher, a longtime resident of Grinnell, died Wednesday the 17th of May in the comfort of her home in the Mayflower Community.

Born on August 11, 1927 in Paris, Illinois to Harvey and Lyte Morris, Barbara is survived by her sister Murelann Mucha (Butch) of Terre Haute, Indiana, son Jim Fisher of San Francisco, California, daughter Jennifer Fisher Jones (Brian) of Decorah, Iowa, and her cherished grandchildren Maggie, Kate, (San Francisco) Adam, and Greta (Decorah).

After graduation from Paris High School in Illinois, Barbara attended business school at Terre Haute Commercial College in Indiana where she obtained her secretarial accreditation, after which she relocated to Springfield, Illinois where she worked for the State of Illinois Vocational Education Department. It wasn't long before Barbara met her future husband Bill (2005) on a blind date. Their lifelong partnership experienced a turbulent beginning when, in jest, Barbara sent Bill a valentine that read "Drop Dead!" When Bill interpreted this as a refusal and didn't pursue her further, Barbara reluctantly reached out to him with an apology and they were married a few months later in December of 1951.

Barbara and Bill were happy together through a series of moves within Illinois where Barbara held various administrative positions in the educational field.
Monmouth (School Principal Secretary), Bloomington (Secretary of Agency Training), Streeter (Real Estate Sales), Kewaunee and the final move to Grinnell in 1962, where she and Bill started their family and she remained for the rest of her life.

In addition to raising her two children, Barbara dedicated much of her time to serving the Grinnell community in various capacities. Some of the clubs and organizations with whom she shared her enthusiastic spirit and talents included: P.E.O., LeVart, Grinnell Arts Council, Park and Recreation Board of Directors, PTA, Blue Star Homes, Boys High School Swim Team Activist, Cub Scouts of America (Den Mother), St. Francis Foundation Board of Directors, numerous bridge clubs, Therapy Dog Handlers of America, Mayflower Homes Social Committee, and Grinnell Regional Medical Center Volunteer.

Once her children were solidly on their own life paths, Barbara opted to reenter the work force and managed The Diet Center in Grinnell for 4 years and later served as Activity Director at Mayflower Homes Health Center in the Altzeimers Unit. Barbara often stated that latter was her favorite job of all time and was pleased to become residential member of the Mayflower Community in her later years.

Barbara had a dynamic personality, impeccable style and was a big hearted force who absolutely insisted upon enjoying life. Many will remember her unique collection of eyeglasses, outstanding social skills and red VW bug convertible with plates reading HELOLUV.

Since neither an obituary nor funeral service can encapsulate everything Barbara Fisher was to so many, we will be holding a Grand Celebration of Life in her honor on Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Grinnell College Country Club, 933 13th Avenue, Grinnell, Iowa.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Mayflower Community, 616 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA 50112 or Grinnell Regional Hospice, 306 4th Avenue, Grinnell, IA, 50112.

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