Inge Margaret (Margot) Fischman|
1920 ~ 2013
Salt Lake, UT-"She was such a great lady-so fiercely independent."
Inge Margaret (Margot) Fischman, 93, passed away on February 28, 2013, of natural causes. She was born in London, England, Feb. 9, 1920, to Vera Carlisle and Keith Bon. As a young child, Margot lived with her family in Singapore on a rubber plantation. At the tender age of six, Margot moved to Australia, home of her paternal grandparents. She attended boarding school and learned hard lessons about loneliness, where she began to develop the feisty independence that came to define her. While growing up she loved playing the piano and saved her "pin" money for sheet music. One of her fond memories was of her chums dancing while she played.
In Melbourne during World War II, Margot participated in the war effort, as a secretary in an airplane-parts warehouse. She met and married the love of her life, Seymour Fischman, an American soldier from Brooklyn, New York. At war's end they reunited in New York City after she endured 30 days of seasickness and uncomfortable accommodations on a military "bride ship." As a war bride, she traveled with numerous other military wives and remained life-long friends with many. She and Seymour eventually moved to Hartsdale, New York, where they raised two daughters: Ingrid and Louise.
She enthusiastically embraced life in New York, fully enjoying its offerings. Seymour and Margot became members of a film club that previewed movies and included discussions with directors. As her interest in and knowledge of antiques developed, she became a collector. Margot was an excellent seamstress and was also skilled in knitting, crochet, and needlepoint. An avid tennis player, she enjoyed the sport well into her 60s. She and Seymour created a gorgeous garden and enjoyed working in it together. The consummate "English gardener," she continued to grow profuse and glorious flower gardens wherever she lived.
Margot appreciated art and beauty in all their forms and enjoyed making paintings of places she lived in or traveled to. Her aesthetic sensitivity was reflected in the beauty and uniqueness inside and outside each of her homes.
After Seymour's death in 1984, Margot took every one of the literature classes offered by SUNY at Purchase. She was an avid reader and was instrumental in founding one of the oldest continuing book groups in New York. Margot continued to pursue her literary interests after she moved to Salt Lake City in 1999.
Here, in Utah, she appreciated the magnificent mountains and all the new people she met. Margot loved a good conversation, and this enabled her to make friends wherever she went. She was a wonderful storyteller. We loved hearing her talk about her life.
With her love and affinity for animals, she was a generous donor to animal protection groups. She lit up whenever Guthrie, Louise's family dog, came to visit. He was a particularly special friend as was her sweet cat, Rose.
She was a gracious host and loved being with her family and friends until the end of her life. She hosted memorable Christmas dinners and especially was proud of her traditional British trifle.
Margot is survived by daughters Ingrid Dwyer (Robert) and Louise Fischman (Wayne L. Geary); granddaughters Maya, Greta and Michelle; great-granddaughter, Jordyn; and several nieces and nephews. Her sister Doris Yarham of Norfolk, England predeceased her.
The family gives special thanks to her dear friend, Doris Bias; Margot's gifted caregiver, Cindee McKnight; Debbie and Dani of Brighton Home Health and Hospice; the staff at Emeritus, especially Bonnie.
Mom, we love you and we will miss you.
"I won't say, 'Don't do anything I wouldn't do.' I say, 'Go for it!'"
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m., Garner Funeral Home, 1001 11th Ave., Salt Lake City. Condolences may be sent to www.garnerfuneral.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 5 to Mar. 7, 2013