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Mary Ann Fisher was born on October 11, 1935 in Washington, D.C. to Karl and Mary Fisher, the first of seven children. She spent her early years in the Brookland neighborhood of D.C. During World War II she lived in Scranton, Pennsylvania. After returning to DC, she attended elementary school at St. Anthony’s School where she loved being a Girl Scout and volunteering at church. As a young teen, she moved to Hyattsville, Maryland and attended high school at the Academy of the Holy Cross, then located on Upton Street in DC. Fond memories of her years as a Lady of the Academy at Holy Cross brought Mary Ann joy and pride throughout the rest of her life.
After graduating in 1953, she proceeded onto college at the University of Maryland where she majored in Home Economics. At UMD, she enjoyed competing on the synchronized swimming team and was a proud member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She was famous on campus for her beloved green Plymouth.
Following college, Mary Ann accepted a series of office management positions for local medical practices. The skills she acquired during her years providing service to her many patients proved invaluable as she transitioned to a career with the uniformed services of the United States Postal Service. Although she missed the personal contact afforded to her by her years in the medical field, Mary Ann ultimately enjoyed a 40+ year career where she built relationships all over the United States.
Like most of us, Mary Ann worked for the weekend. When not at the office, she enjoyed spending time at her family’s home in St. Leonard, MD on the Chesapeake Bay. She and her sisters Carol and Suzy spent many weekends traveling to craft shows, quilt shows, and to Pennsylvania Amish Country where they never missed an opportunity to enjoy a dinner at their favorite restaurant, Good ‘N Plenty. Mary Ann was a lifelong fan of all Washington sports teams, taking any opportunity to route for her favorites - the Nationals and the Redskins.
Mary Ann loved spending time with her family and never missed an opportunity to celebrate a wedding, graduation, christening, or confirmation. She found joy in every milestone or success of those she loved, sitting through countless school shows, ballet recitals, and plays for her 12 nieces and nephews, and later her grand-nieces and nephews. She was usually the first call family members received on their birthday or wedding anniversary. With her razor sharp memory, her siblings relied on her for all of the details of their shared family history, and with her razor sharp wit, all who knew her relied on her for a good joke. Those lucky enough to have known her will miss Mary Ann’s thoughtfulness, humor, and never ending love for her family.
Mary Ann is survived by her siblings Carol F. Wright, William J. Fisher (Karen), Joan E. Menser, John K. Fisher and Thomas R. Fisher (Laurette); her cousin Lynda Katz (Harold); her godchildren, nephew Michael Fisher and niece Lauren Menser; and her many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her younger sister, Suzy, and her brother-in-law, Michael Menser.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 am on Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church 9601 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 with family remembrances beginning at 10:45 am and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Academy of the Holy Cross, Mary Ann’s beloved alma mater which was also attended by her mother, her sister, her sister-in-law, and her four nieces - Academy of the Holy Cross, 4920 Strathmore Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895, https://www.academyoftheholycross.org/support
Academy of the Holy Cross
4920 Strathmore Avenue, Kensington MD 20895