Katherine Kellye Fisher
July 1, 1960 – October 14, 2017
Katherine Kellye Fisher passed away in Holdenville, Oklahoma on Saturday morning, October 14, 2017, at the age of 57 years.
Kellye was the daughter of Don Edd Fisher & Lillye LaVerne (Bishop) Fisher, born on July 1, 1960 in Fremont, California. The first seven years of her life were spent in California, in Fremont and Hayward, then she moved with her mother and three siblings to Oklahoma in March of 1968. She attended Holdenville schools and graduated Holdenville High School with the Class of 1978. She was an active member of Heritage Rock Church in Holdenville, involved in everything, and especially loved music and singing. She worked for a while and made some lifelong friends at the SeamPrufe clothing factory in the cutting department, before moving to Stockton, California in the Fall of 1983.
In Stockton, Kellye studied music at Christian Life College, attended Christian Life Center Church, and loved her life there. She was active in the music department as a student, and also as secretary for the music director. She traveled extensively with the CLC choir and enjoyed singing her heart out all over the United States. She graduated CLC with an Associates Degree in Music in 1985, and her Bachelors Degree in Music in 1987.
Kellye had a natural affinity for children. During her college years, she was an excellent Nanny, and became a close friend to several children now grown up and living in various parts of the country with fond memories of their “Aunt Kellye”. She often enjoyed the opportunity to house-sit for friends when they traveled, loving the “Air B&B” lifestyle long before it was named.
She remained in Stockton after graduation, and attended Western Seminary in Los Gatos, earning a Masters Degree in Marriage Family Therapy in 2005. She worked in family counseling for Alpine Counseling Center and at St. Anne’s School, and also as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company. She later became employed as Adjunct Teacher at Christian Life College, and 7th and 8th grade teacher at Stockton Christian Academy, a job she absolutely loved. From 2007 until her health began to fail in 2016, she adored the students she always referred to as ‘my kids’, and teaching them brought her immense joy.
She loved attending Christian Life Center, and was involved in just about everything she could find time for – singing in the choir, with the praise team and ladies ensemble, and teaching Vocal Techniques. She was committed to CLC’s singles ministry, Complete In Christ, and very much enjoyed being a part of that group.
She loved to travel. She was on a Carribean cruise when someone noticed her beautiful singing voice and requested she sing solo. That led to her entertaining the ship’s guest with Gospel songs at dinner each evening, something she thoroughly enjoyed.
Even though Kellye was unable to teach this year, she remained a member on the faculty and staff of Stockton Christian Academy. The plan was for her to come home to Oklahoma, rest and recover, and return to Stockton and her beloved students in January after the holidays. But God had another plan. He graciously provided nearly twelve days of pain-free rest, long hours of sweet fellowship with family and friends, and unmistakable signs of His loving care – and then He took all of us by surprise when He took her home. It was the moment Kellye spent her entire life preparing for, and the empty place her passing leaves in our hearts only reminds us of that beautiful place that is no longer empty, because she is Home where she belongs.
She is preceded in death by her mother, LaVerne Smith, and her father, Don Fisher; maternal grandparents, Clarence & Katy Bishop, and paternal grandparents, Henry & Delta Fisher; aunt and uncle, Yvonne & Wayne Middleton; uncle Ralph Fisher; cousins Keith Middleton and Robin Fisher Nordmeyer.
She is survived by three sisters and one brother: Karen Stanton and Karla Smith, both of Holdenville, Nancy Ann Stryker (Greg) of Ceres CA, and Kevin Fisher (Kathy) of Holdenville; three nieces and four nephews: Rachel Cox (Justin), Ronda Stanton, Jo Smith, Allen Smith, Jesse Smith, all of Holdenville, Rodney Stanton of Edmond, and Andy Smith (Faye) of Dewar; one great niece, Hannah Cox of Holdenville, and two great nephews, Elias Cox of Holdenville and Calvin Smith of Dewar; two uncles, Clarence Bishop Jr. (Virginia) and John Fisher (Janie) of Patterson CA; four aunts: Frances Masuda (Ron) of Fremont CA, Nancy Wright (Floyd) of Humboldt AZ, Susan Fisher-Kirchner (Alan) of Fremont CA, and Clara Fisher of Tulsa; cousins Renee Bishop of Oklahoma City, Sherry Dossey (Dennis)of Okmulgee, Denise Bobo (Scott)of Redding CA, Saprina Flowers (Tim)of Reno NV, and Bethani Roam (Brian)of Nampa ID; numerous other cousins, various other family members, and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at Grace United Pentecostal Church in Holdenville, and Kellye was laid to rest at Holdenville Cemetery. Rev. Kevin Fisher was the officiating minister, along with Jonathan Barksdale, Rev. Harry Meeks and Rev. Reuben Rosales. Pallbearers were Kellye’s nephews: Allen Smith, Jesse Smith, Rodney Stanton, Andy Smith, Justin Cox, Justin Leach, and great nephew Elias Cox.