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BARBARA FISH DANIEL-HETHERINGTON, 75, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away surrounded by her family, 11-10-10 @ 10:00 a.m., and a "10" she was.Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, she is preceded in death by her father Ray C. Fish and her mother Mirtha Galvez Fish Dunn.She is survived by her husband, Robert M. Hetherington; her former husband, father of her children, and long-time friend, James L. Daniel, Jr.; her son Christopher James Daniel of Harper, Texas, and her daughter Catherine Mirtha Kaldis and her husband Andrew G. Kaldis of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Camryn Daniel, Elena and Leah Kaldis; and like a brother, her long-time friend, Robert J. Cruikshank.Barbara was well-known in Houston and Kerrville areas for her philanthropic efforts to make her communities better. From her humble roots in New England, she understood the benefits of a good education and the rewards of community service. Her father, Ray C. Fish, after years of building natural gas pipelines across the United States and Argentina established the Ray C. Fish Foundation, which he "charged" his daughter Barbara with carrying out its mission of benefiting present and future generations of Texans.Through the years, her leadership in running the Foundation, led to many different lead gifts and major donations which included the founding grant for the Texas Heart Institute. Other major donations were to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children's Hospital, UT Health Science Center, the Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Wortham Center's Ray C. Fish Plaza, The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Schreiner University, and Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville. Many youth organizations have also benefited from her generosity with the Foundation, such as Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, the YMCA/YWCA, Nehemiah Center, Child Advocates, Casa de Esperanza, Communities in School, Project Grad, and many more.Many early stage charitable endeavors needing that "first" major sponsor to begin or carry on their service works knew to come to Barbara and the Foundation for help. The Foundation provided seed money for Inner City Youth in the Third Ward, now called The Forge for Families, and transitional money and advice which led to KIPP Academy growing from its infancy into a major movement of educational change.Barbara also gave generously of her time. During the 1960's and 1970's, she actively participated and served on the boards of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera causing her dining room table to always be covered with envelopes to be addressed by her and her children for different fundraising events. She later served on the boards of Texas Heart Institute, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, the George Bush Presidential Library, Good Samaritan Foundation, Cowboy Artists of America Museum-Kerrville to name a few.Over the years of Barbara's community service, the legacy of her desire to help others was intentionally passed on to her children. At an early age through involvement with Barbara in her community work, her children learned empathy, sympathy, humility, and generosity that are now a way of life for them also.But now for the "other side"of Barbara. How to describe her? Proper, beautifully mannered, always elegant in dress and coiffure. A great sense of humor, never boring, and a delightful person to be around. Barbara was fully at ease with everyone, from a former President of the United States of America, to her loving beautician Juanita, treating them and all others with the same unfailing respect and courtesy.While at home in Houston, she delighted in being with her grandchildren and spoiling them at every opportunity. She enjoyed rousing games of dominoes, backgammon games, and gin rummy, as well as hours of jigsaw puzzling with her family members. She was an avid reader as well as a gardener. Wherever she lived, local nursery gardens became very familiar with her love for gardening. In later life, her interests also included croquet, winning several trophies in tournaments in Linville, North Carolina where she and her husband spent their summers. She enjoyed her friends immensely, and throughout her life loved to host intimate dinner parties at her home for them, and was ever the gracious hostess.We extend thanks to the many people who provided genuine care through their time and effort and love to help us take care of our mom and wife in the last few months of her precious life! A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at The Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, Texas.So much taken for granted while alive. How quickly time passed! What a story you are to remember! We love you and miss you dearly!

Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2010
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