Martha A. Fisher

March 8, 2015

Martha Ann Spurgeon Fisher, 82, Frankfort, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Harcourt Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation in Indianapolis. She was born April 20, 1932, in Frankfort and was a lifelong Mother, homemaker, philanthropist, and public servant. She attended Frankfort schools, graduating from Frankfort High School in 1950, thereafter attending Purdue University where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Martha loved life and the people that were ever present in it, whether lifelong friends or an acquaintance. She invested her love in friendships and the service of others through churches in St. Louis, MO, Wilmington, DE, and Frankfort, IN. Her public service was also prominent and lifelong to Kappa Kappa Gamma, where, among other roles, she was a Province Director in the Northeast US, and later in the Midwest US. In Kappa, Martha was also an Honor Key Recipient. In retirement years in Frankfort, Martha was involved in Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Literary Groups, and grandchildren. She cherished friends and family above all, and put Wikipedia to shame with her recall of facts and figures about people, events, and Purdue sports. She was also an incredible cook and interior decorator, and an avid member of 4-H and Girl Scouts in younger years.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Frankfort, IN, (352 West Clinton Street, Frankfort, IN 46041) from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, with services starting at 3:00 pm. The Reverend Paul Copeland will officiate. She will be buried in Frankfort’s Green Lawn Cemetery at a later time in a private ceremony.

Survived by:

her husband, Hugh Fisher, of Indianapolis; daughter Julie Fisher McKinney (Ted) of Indianapolis; grandchildren Bradley McKinney (Kristie) of Washington, DC; Brooke Klinker (Ben) of Cincinnati, OH; and Caroline McKinney, at Purdue University in W. Lafayette, IN. She also has two great-granddaughters, Julia Grace and Allison Joy, of Cincinnati, OH.

Preceded by:

her sister, Mary Jane Prewitt (Jerry) and parents, Helen Carter Spurgeon and Arthur J. Spurgeon.


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18 Condolences for “Martha A. Fisher”

  1. Jack Scheid March 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    So sorry to learn of our dear friend’s passing. Unfortunately we are out of town until late next week. We extend our condolences and prayers to Hugh and the family. May God Bless you all. Jack & Connie Scheid

  2. Carol D Hamilton March 9, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Hugh, I called mom to share with her Martha’s passing. She was such a sweetie. Our best to you. Carol

  3. Barbara Derrick Puterbaugh March 10, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Martha and I grew up near each other on Clay St. and Armstrong St. in Frankfort. Then our paths crossed again when we were both in the Lafayette Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association many years later. I always enjoyed her company and the times we shared talking and laughing about having grown up together and then getting back together. Martha was an amazing woman with a big heart and I know she will be missed by her friends and family. God has prepared a place for her and has welcomed her into her new home.

    May God bless Hugh, Julie and the family as you celebrate Martha’s life.
    Barb Derrick Puterbaugh

  4. Debbie Tutak March 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

    To Hugh and Martha’s family-my sympathy on Martha’s passing. I came to know with Martha through PEO and even though I only saw her once a year or so when she would attend the Christmas party at the Lafayette Country Club or Founder’s Day Luncheon, I always enjoyed it when I had the opportunity to sit next to her and chat! She had such a special way of listening and really connecting with genuine interest and would even send me a follow-up letter after we met-so sweet! I will miss her.

  5. Shirley J. Ricker March 10, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Martha was a former classmate. She always had a positive attitude and her smile and friendliness spread through her contact with others. To Hugh, my sympathy to you and your family. Shirley Ricker

  6. Larry and Olivia Rothenberger March 10, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Martha will truly be missed by Olivia and I. Always enjoyed time spent with her. Sorry we can’t make the visitation due to work schedule. You are in our prayers.

  7. Lewis and Mary Frances Taylor March 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    So sorry to hear of Martha Ann’s passing. We were 2nd cousins… her mother and my father were 1st cousins. We shared many good experiences in our childhood when she came to Russiaville to visit her Aunt Mary’s family. We had sent our Christmas letter and greeting in December to the Frankfort address and it was returned with the Indianapolis address. We resent and when we did not receive a response, felt that perhaps all was not well. My sister Gladys and her husband Wilfred Fox lived in Frankfort and he called me today to let me know of her passing. Gladys passed away in January 2010. I have as a special remembrance her last Christmas card with a picture of all the family. Her handwriting was an outward expression of her inner creativity. We send our heartfelt sympathy to Hugh and Julie and all the family. We will be in Rochester on Wednesday with Mary’s brother Dale and wife Tish where they are in a care facility. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. — Mary Frances and Lewis Taylor

  8. Carol Lash Armstrong March 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    May the memories of your loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother bring comfort to you at this sad time. Martha was one of the most loyal and caring Kappas I have met. She brought laughter to a room and made any event such fun to be a part of. A beautiful woman inside and out…she will be missed by so many. Rest in peace, dear KKG friend…

  9. Chuck/Tam Smith March 11, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Sorry to hear of Martha’s passing . Deepest sympathy.


  10. Ronna and Keith Merrill March 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Hugh, and family,

    Although I know she is with our precious Jesus, I mourn with you on the passing of my dear friend, a truly wonderful Saint. She could make me feel happy and I always enjoyed talking to her. Even through illness, her outlook was bright. I think she liked everyone. I haven’t seen or talked to her in a long time, but I remember how good I felt years ago when I could call and talk to her or see her in church. She will be greatly missed. Until we meet again we will keep her and all of you in our prayers. Ronna and Keith Merrill

  11. Janet Klinker March 11, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    So sorry for your Loss , May God Bless you all with sweet memories , She was such a sweet beautiful women..
    The Memories are a legacy of God’s Love.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hug’z and God Bless Jan and Dave Klinker

  12. Marilyn N. Bullock March 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    My deepest sympathy. As a Kappa sister, I have many fond memories of Martha that I cherish.

  13. David and DeAnna Strange March 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    We are so saddened by Martha’s passing, she was a wonderful lady as you all now. I enjoyed talking to her across the back fence, she always had a great story to share and always asked how our family was doing? She had a real joy for family and friends.
    Hugh and family our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Beth Hustad Gilbert March 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

    What a beautiful life lived by a beautiful lady. So sorry for your loss, Julie, Ted and family. What a blessing to know one day you will be together again. Love, Beth, Kent and family

  15. Peggy Cooke March 12, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. The video shows an amazing lady. I know she was amazing because of the legacy she left behind in you and your family. You and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around you in your time of sorrow.

  16. Raymond Burns March 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Hugh, went to school at Jackson with you, and worked with you at Stark, Wetzel. I want to offer my sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Ray Burns
    San Antonio, TX

  17. Debbie Philburn March 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Mr. Fisher,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs. Fisher’s passing. I miss you both so very much and think of you all the time. Sandy (the CVS East Pharmacists) and I went to lunch the other day and we were talking about how much we missed you both and would love to see you. Please know that I’m sending one of my very special Mr. Fisher hugs!!!! Your one and only pharmacy tech.

    Debbie Philburn

  18. Sue Marshall Wright March 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Martha and I have been friends since first grade. It is not often that you have friends as many years as we were friends. I miss talking to her and when we had our web computers we were writing All the time. What a joy to know her.

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