Dec. 14, 1938 – Dec. 22, 2018
Mary Ann Fisher passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in her sleep at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was 80.
Born Dec. 14, 1938 in Washington, DC, Mary was the daughter of James and Lula Cuddy. Her father referred to her as the apple of his eye. With the spirit of adventure, Mary’s teenage years and early adulthood were spent in Miami. She swam in the surf, horseback barrel raced, drag raced, and even became a pilot of small aircraft.
In 1960, Mary moved to Minot, ND, where she raised three children from her first marriage. She encouraged her children to appreciate and become engaged in literature, art, music, sports, and social activities. Throughout her life, she was a keen reader well versed in Latin, painted in a variety of media, and played classical piano. She enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, and golf, the latter of which became a passion.
In 1976, Mary graduated from Minot State College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Afterward, she established a diabetes education and treatment program. In 1989, Mary received a Masters Degree in Nursing in through the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, upon completing her thesis.
On Aug. 1, 1985, Mary wed James Fisher, who she described as the light of her life. The couple enjoyed sailing, hiking, golf, and travel abroad. They wintered in Arizona and eventually moved to Scottsdale permanently, spending summers in Detroit Lakes, MN.
As a member of the Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Mary loved to golf there regularly. She took part in a local music group that held piano recitals and traveled to Vermont annually to participate in piano camp. Mary also volunteered as a docent to guide tours through the Music Instrument Museum in Phoenix, which exhibits exotic instruments from around the globe, which were played during periods spanning centuries. An avid strategist, Mary was recognized by the American Contract Bridge League for her achievement as a Life Master in bridge competitions.
Mary’s journey was vibrant and festive. She thoroughly enjoyed socializing with friends and family. She realized her dream – to live her life as a celebration.
She is survived by her three children, Mary Ann Probst – Nashville, John Joseph Probst and his wife Angela – Minneapolis, and Paul Probst and his wife Carolyn – Minot; step-children Brock Fisher and his wife Erin – San Diego, Jordan Fisher – Nashville, and Kyle Fisher and his wife Janet – Kenwood, CA; six grandchildren, Jessica, Ethin, Beau, Shannon, Hope, and Elsie.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jim Fisher.
Services: It was Mary’s wish that no memorial or funeral be held.
Memorials are preferred to the North Dakota Chapter of the American Diabetes Association (NDADA), 1323-23rd St. S., Fargo, ND 58103; St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, firstname.lastname@example.org; or to the choice of the donor.
Dec. 14, 1938 – Dec. 22, 2018