November 5, 1922 - May 26, 2021
After 98 years of a healthy and well-lived life, Lorita Fisher died peacefully last week in her home with hospice support.
Lorita was born of missionary parents in rural India where she leared early to value other cultures and different ways of life. This was to serve her well in later life when she graduated from Manchester College and married classmate Glen Fisher in 1945, the two partnering in international service. Glen earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology with Lorita earning her PhT (putting hubby through). They worked together to direct Quaker work camps in rural Mexico with "peace corp type" projects to help economic and social development. From 1957 to 1969 Glen joined the US Foreign Service and Lorita became part of the team to contribute to international understanding in posts in Venezuela, the Philippines and Bolivia.
While in Washington Lorita considered herself to be a "professional volunteer", using her expertise, work ethic and dedication for such causes as world peace, women's rights, refugee resettlement and farm worker conditions. She worked for the Overseas Education Fund, Maryland Fair Housing, and helping refugees.
After moving to Monterey, Lorita continued her activism and organization work. She served as president for the League of Women Voters (twice), the United Nations Association, and the Democratic Women's Club. She was a board member of the World Affairs Council, Friends of the Library, and Planned Parenthood. She volunteered her time in numerous ways/committees for the Unitarian Church including the I-help program and collected petitions for Death with Dignity and other community causes. She even took time to lighten the proceedings of the League of Women Voters annual meetings with writing and producing Broadway parodies such as "Voter in the Booth" and "The Mayor and I".
She will be missed by her son Wayne Fisher (Joanne) and daughter Kathleen Pampiks and many friends. She lived an active life and her longevity must surely be in part due to her positive attitude, genuine kindness and generosity of spirit. She truly wanted to make the world a better place and to bring out the best in everyone she met. In the end she felt content that she had done her part to do just that.
A virtual Celebration of Life will be held at the Unitarian Church on Sunday June 20th at 2 pm. Please contact the UUCMP.org
website for information and access.
Lorita would be pleased at any donations made in her name for any worthy cause. View the online memorial for Lorita Fisher