Hazel D. (Shultz) Fisher, 89, of rural Williamsburg left her earthly body to be with the Lord peacefully in her sleep at her home early Sunday morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born a daughter of the late Clair C. and A. Beatrice (Sparr) Shultz. She married Thomas W. Fisher on July 1, 1947, in Winchester, Va., after which she resided continuously on the family farm near Williamsburg. He passed away on April 10, 2000, ending a marital union of 52 years.
Surviving are two sons: Thomas A., at home, and Robert W. and wife, Corrie, and granddaughter, Jessica, of Bellwood; a daughter, Donna J. and family Teddie and Schuyler Kreitz of Duncansville; a sister, Madelyn Richardson of Williamsburg; several special friends who were instrumental in providing care for her at home: Tina Richardson, Lisa Purcell and Louie Wertz; and all of the wonderful staff at Home Nursing Agency, especially Tammy Dryburgh, Katie Waite and Pastor Kathy Colbank.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: Marion and Paul; and two sisters: Gladys Pheasant and Ida Saylor.
Mrs. Fisher was a 1942 graduate of Williamsburg High School.
She was a lifelong dairy farmer and was involved in all aspects of the family's farm. She was particularly good at caring for the calves and making sure that all were fed. She enjoyed gardening and always provided a bountiful harvest for her family and anyone else who graced her kitchen. She was devoted to her family and to her church, the Cove Forge United Methodist Church, rural Williamsburg, where she served as Sunday school and Bible school teacher for many years. She enjoyed writing poetry and songs which captured glimpses of her life and faith. In her later years she enjoyed surveying the property from her golf cart, waiting for hours looking for wildlife and enjoying the view of the growing crops. She was always anxious for spring in anticipation of warmer weather to be outside, but most importantly, for the first dandelion, mushroom or asparagus meal to usher in a new season.
Hazel was a former member of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and volunteered for Williamsburg Farm Show.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Cove Forge United Methodist Church, with Pastor Heather A. Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Henry's Lutheran Cemetery at Yellow Springs, rural Williamsburg.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Cove Forge United Methodist Church, in her honor.