V. Eloise Fisher
1922 - 2013
V. Eloise Fisher, age 90, died March 2, 2013 at a local care facility. Eloise was born September 29, 1922 in Castleford, Idaho to parents Meda Kate (Houk) and Ernest Billiard. Her father was the foreman of a sheep ranch. When Eloise was a young girl the family moved to the Hagerman Valley where her father eventually began working for Idaho Power Company. Her parents had two other children, Virginia Eileen Billiard and Mac Billiard.
Eloise attended school in Hagerman. After graduating High School she attended and graduated from the State Teacher College at Albion, Idaho (1942). She taught school in various towns in South Western and South Eastern Idaho. Later she worked at the State Capitol Building. She met Merold Fisher, a returning WWII veteran and Boise Post Office employee in 1946. They married in 1946 and had two children, a son Gregory and a daughter Kellee.
After Merold's retirement from the US Postal Service in 1973, the couple traveled extensively in their RV and spent summers in the Cascade area. Eloise enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She was active in a number of local church choirs. She supported her husband in the startup and operation of the Boise Rescue Mission sometimes cooking meals for the men living at the mission.
In 2007, Ill health forced the couple's move from their Boise home to assisted living and, later, nursing care. Eloise was preceded in death by her husband Merold, her parents and her sister, Virginia Eileen Wood. She is survived by her brother Mac (Janet), son Gregory (Diane) and daughter Kellee Nelson. She leaves behind six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
At her request, no services will be held. At a later date, a private inurnment of her ashes will be conducted at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Life Care Center at Valley View for her care over these past several years.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 5, 2013