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M. Enid Fischer

1934 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
M. Enid Fischer Obituary
M. Enid Fischer

January 24, 1934 - July 17, 2014

Enid was born in Kunming, China to John and Ella Graham, who were missionaries. She spent the first six years of her life in the remote mountain village of Saipushan. At age six she went to a school for missionary children called Chefoo. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, she and the other children were taken captive as prisoners of war and spent the next four years in the internment camp in Weishen, China. After being liberated by American soldiers after the war was over, Enid and her brother were reunited with their parents in Bombay, India. The next two years were spent visiting relatives in London, Toronto, and Iowa before settling in Wheaton, Illinois following her father's death. One Sunday, while singing in the church choir, Enid spotted the handsome young Roger Fischer. She prayed she would have at least one class with him, and her prayers were answered when he was seated behind her in Latin class. This led to lots of notes, teasing, and hair pulling, which led to their marriage in 1966. Before marrying, Enid spent 5 years as a missionary in Japan. They quickly had four daughters, Jenny, Annette, Sarah, and Sally. The next years brought many moves, a career change or two, and lots of adventures.

Enid met all of these challenges with grace and courage, never losing her sense of humor or kindness. She never said an unkind word about anyone, and the stories about her pranks are to many to recount. Her death has left a void which will never be filled. She was preceeded in death by her parents and husband of 43 years, Roger Fischer, and a son-in-law, Arlie Hoefling. She is survived by her daughters, Jenny Hoefling, Annette Fordyce (Raymond), Sarah Fillmore (Thomas), and Sally Fischer. Grandchildren Darcy, Travis, and Wyatt Hoefling, Graham, Ella, Robert, Evangeline, Estelle, and Stuart Fordyce, and Cyrus and Helene Fillmore. She is also survived by her brother, Jack Graham, of St. Louis, Missouri and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. We are grateful to our mother for her strong faith, which never wavered. In spite of all life's difficulties, she was always cheerful and kind, and forgiving of those who hurt her deeply. We will miss you, Mom!

Published in StatesmanJournal on July 27, 2014
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