Lois Ruth (Price) Fishback

November 13, 2022

Lois Ruth (Price) Fishback passed peacefully from this life to her heavenly reward on Sunday, November 13, 2022, surrounded by her family. She was born December 15, 1929, to Sherman and Lessie (Kinder) Price, of Frankfort, Indiana in their home on Blinn Avenue.

Lois was a 1948 graduate of Frankfort High School where she was yell leader on the cheerleading squad and met her high school sweetheart, Merrill Fishback. After graduation, her first job was in Akron, Ohio where she worked in an office, taking shorthand.

Merrill and Lois were married in 1949. They had three children, Gary, Paula, and Rhonda.

They owned and operated Kelley Road Stables beginning in 1966 where they boarded horses of their own and for their community.

In 1965, Apostolic Bible Church (Christian Life Church) was started in the living room of their Kelley Road home with her brother, Rev. Paul Price, as pastor.

Lois was employed by Mallory Controls in Frankfort for 19 years starting in 1956.

Lois and her husband felt the call to be missionaries to Colombia, South America in 1976. They worked very hard to learn Spanish. Then, they established El Instituto Bíblico Apostólico (Apostolic Bible Institute) in Bucaramanga, Colombia, in January of 1980 and later in the coastal city of Barranquilla.

While continuing the work in Colombia, they were asked to help the church of Moroleón, Mexico and nearby works. They continued in missionary work until 1997.

Lois was a very kind and caring person. After her husband’s death in 1998, Lois cared for her brother, Herb Price, who was in failing health. She later cared for her sister, Joan Weiler, and after that she took care of her niece, Reita Price.

Lois enjoyed shopping, going for rides or just plain going wherever the car would take her. She loved music; hymns, choruses and Big Band songs from her high school days. She loved to travel. She and Merrill enjoyed many trips to Colombia, visiting other missions prior to becoming missionaries themselves. Her happiest times and greatest joys were with her family.

Visitation and Services

Services will be on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Christian Life Church, 2501 E Wabash Street, Frankfort. The viewing will be from 11am until 1pm at the church with the funeral service beginning at 1pm. The graveside service will immediately follow at Bunnell Cemetery.

Survived by:

She is survived by one son: Gary (Virginia) Fishback of Frankfort, two daughters: Paula (Alfonso) Suárez of Frankfort, and Rhonda (Mark) Mealick of Zanesville, Ohio, also 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceded by:

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sherman and Lessie (Kinder) Price, her husband, Merrill Fishback on January 20, 1998, four brothers: Leon Price, Kenneth Price, Herbert Price, and Paul Price, all formerly of Frankfort, two sisters, Esther (Price) Smith formerly of Brownsburg, Indiana, and Joan (Price) Weiler, formerly of Anderson, Indiana, and one infant daughter, Suzanne Kaye Fishback


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28 Condolences for “Lois Ruth (Price) Fishback”

  1. Susan E Davis November 15, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Paula, I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Please give Natalie and Samantha a hug for me.

  2. Nina Rice November 15, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    One of my first memories of Sister Lois are of her as one of my Sunday school teachers when I was about 5 or six years old. I remember her and Bro. Merrill left for the mission field and how I always looked forward to their visits home with their stories of their work in Colombia and Mexico. My memories of the many talks I’ve had with her and the many card’s I’ve received over many years will be held close in my heart. I’m so glad I got to talk with her just before she went into the hospital. She always had a smile and a sweet word every time I saw her. I know she loved her travels and spending as much time as she could with her family. I will miss her smiling face and her words of wisdom. I know she’s been having a wonderful reunion with Jesus and all her family and friends Heaven.

  3. Cheryl Price November 15, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    Aunt Lois: I was so sorry to hear of your passing. I am also sorry I won’t be able to make it to the service. So thankful for your love through the years.

  4. Sis Cindy Brooks November 15, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    I loved dear Sister Fishback! She was always smiling, even if was a little joking smile. She inspired me to be kinder and to draw wisdom of the elderly. Much can be said of the example she has left us. She didn’t just know God’s word, she lived it! She was just a precious breath of fresh air every time we crossed paths. I love you, Sister Fishback! My hope is to meet you in heaven!

  5. Alfonso M Suárez November 15, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    My dear Mother-in-law has departed to be with the Lord Jesus Christ in His promised Glory for those who love Him until the end of their days. I will miss her after so many years of living together as a family.

    I have many words of love, appreciation, thanks for her and her precious family, etc., but above all I want to say that she was the best mother-in-law in the world.

    Thank you Sister Lois and family for everything, I will always love her until the Lord takes us or comes through her beloved church to be together again but in the heavenly family of God.

    On behalf of all the students who formed the Instituto Bíblico Apostólico de Colombia (Apostolic Bible Institute of Colombia) and all the brothers and Ministers of Colombia and Mexico, who knew and were fellow soldiers in the work of the Lord’s church, we want to express to the family, to each of her children, grandchildren and other relatives of Sister. Lois Ruth, our deepest condolences on her passing.

    The Word of God teaches us that, “Precious is in the eyes of Jehovah, the death of his Saints” (Psalm 116. 15).

    Her son-in-law
    Alfonso M Suarez.

    • Maria Pacheco November 18, 2022 at 9:52 pm

      I am one of the graduates of the Apostolic Bible Institute that they founded in Barranquilla, Colombia. My life was not the same after that experience. I have always lived grateful that they have obeyed the mission that the Lord entrusted to them.
      Thank you sister Lois. I have never been able to forget your sweet smile and angelic voice.
      “Precious is in the eyes of Jehovah, the death of his Saints” (Psalm 116. 15).

  6. Marcia Schimmel DeLaCroix November 15, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, prayers are with you and your family!

  7. Kim Wiles November 15, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss Rhonda praying for you all, Kim Leach Wiles

  8. Jorge Alarcon Villagra November 16, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Estimada es a los ojos del Señor la muerte muerte de sus hijos.
    Que la paz de nuestro gran Dios y Salvador Jesús, anide en sus corazones.
    Desde Chile su servidor, pastor Jorge Alarcon Villagra…

  9. Irene Booth November 16, 2022 at 6:21 am

    I met Lois at Sunday school and always admired her soft hands and beautiful smile. I was about 8 at the time and rode the Sunday School bus that Herb drove. Those Sundays were some of my most pleasurable days as a child. I hope I’m remembering correctly and I send the children my deepest condolences. I pray your sorrow is short-lived in knowing that she is once more with Merrill and rejoicing. God speed Lois. Thank you for your kindness. We were truly blessed to have you in our lives.

    Irene Booth
    Phoenix, Arizona

  10. Bro.Bob Cooley November 16, 2022 at 7:34 am

    I am sorry for your lost love one. I will be praying for strength and for God’s love to help you at this time. I am glad that I had to chance to meet her. She was a very caring person. Will be sadly miss.

  11. Deborah Lane/Denardo November 16, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Sis Rhonda and family sorry you lost your precious mom, she was a jewel. Pray God brings you comfort and peace during these days ahead.

  12. Pam Izquierd November 16, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Our deepest sympathies to her beautiful family. We loved to visit with her when she visited our church in Zanesville. She was such a sweetheart who always had a smile on her face. What a beautiful legacy she has left behind. Our prayers are with you all! Rhonda, thank you for sharing your beautiful mom with us!

  13. Pam Huddleston November 16, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Dear Paula,
    I am sending sincerest sympathies and prayers to you and your family over this tremendous loss; However, I am smiling ear to ear over ALL of the wonderful reunions taking place!!! Also, for all of the sweet souls your mama is seeing There because of her (and your father’s) obedience to follow God’s leading. Your mama was a Jewel!! “Well Done Good and Faithful Servant.”

  14. Lana Redman Congleton November 16, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Gary and family,
    Your mother sounds like a wonderful lady. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. We grieve the loss of loved ones, but I’m sure Heaven is rejoicing in the coming home of your mother. God bless all of you.

  15. Brian & Connie Wright November 16, 2022 at 2:18 pm


    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, but knowing she is in Paradise, there is nothing you would do to bring her back to this corrupt world.

    Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  16. Marty Frye November 16, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Paula, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother passing. Prayers and Hugs for you and your Family.

  17. Karina González November 17, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Desde la Iglesia en Iguala Guerrero asambleas del señor Jesucristo México enviamos nuestras condolencias a toda la familia, siempre recordaremos su trabajo en México

  18. Salvador González November 17, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    Mi más sentido pesame a toda la familia que Dios los Bendiga siempre agradeceremos su labor en México

    Salvador González

  19. Hno. Salvador González November 17, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Expresamos nuestro más sentido pésame para toda la familia por la partida de nuestra amada madre en la fe.de parte de toda la iglesia en México y agradeciendo a Dios por el arduo trabajo hecho por el hno Lee y la HNA los esperando vuestra pronta resignación por tan grande perdida.
    Estimada es a los ojos de Dios la muerte de todos sus santos.

  20. Jose November 17, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Dios les Bendiga Hermanos, Familia de la Hna Lois Fishback, Mis más sinceras condolencias, que Dios fortalezca a toda la familia, estaremos orando por ustedes. De parte de la Iglesia Asambleas del Señor Jesucristo Apostolico de México. Gracias al Señor por los hombres y mujeres que nos trajeron el evangelio.

  21. Susan Robinson November 17, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Dear Paula, I was so glad I ran into you and your sweet mama recently. She was always smiling and so sweet. We were both so lucky to have our mother with us for all these years. Hugs to you my friend.

  22. Omar & Maria Pacheco November 18, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Dear friends, Bro Alfonso & Sister Paula,
    We know perfectly how much it hurts to see our loved ones leave for eternity but we thank God for his word that reminds us that we have hope:
    “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
    ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭
    We pray that the Lord of all consolation comfort your hearts as you think of the spiritual legacy our dearest sister Lois left you.
    With deeply sympathy,
    Omar & Maria Pacheco

  23. Magda Sabsook November 18, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I met sister Lois in Colombia 46 years ago, I helped them with their spanish for 1 year. She was a great example to me and I have a lot of memories of her. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to Gary
    Paula and Rhonda and the rest of the family.

  24. Toni Slaughter November 19, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Dearest Paula,
    In reading about your mother’s life, I was reflecting on the words that described her days and her inner beauty was made so clear. That is the same beauty I have seen shining in you. You have been blessed by knowing a perfect love and it shines all around you. May your heart heal and the angels hold you and your family close as you walk through this valley. You are in my prayers.

  25. Lynn Maish November 19, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    My condolences to Lois’s family. I remember her and Merrill from the time they were neighbors in 1950 or so when Merrill helped my father on our farm and they lived in the house that used to be beside what is now the Red Barn Theatre. They were kind and friendly people and made a great impression on my 8 year old self. It’s wonderful to learn that they lived a life that reflected how accurate those early boyhood impressions were. It’s impressive to hear about how dedicated they were with the church work for so long.
    Kind regards.

  26. Carol Coffman November 19, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Paula, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Sending peace and comfort to you and yiur family. Maybe we will meet up again at one of our favorite walking places. Hugs friend.

  27. Sherri Shaw December 3, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    So sorry to hear about my aunt’s passing. She was a lovely lady and I enjoyed seeing her when I came to Frankfort. Our family lost a very important person in our lives that shared her love to all. All my love, Sherri Shaw (Fishback)

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