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Elizabeth J Fisher

May 13, 1928 — January 5, 2022

Beth was born in 1928 in Chicago, IL to Kamil and Serrita Schulhof, and was preceded in death by her brother Dr. John A. Jane and her ex-husband Dr. Lester Fisher. She is survived by her two daughters: Jane (Steve) Hannuksela and Katherine (Kris) Mayberry, six grandchildren: Eric (Kecha Whyte) Hannuksela, Benjamin (Areli) Hannuksela, Thomas Hannuksela, Silas (Kelly) Mayberry, Emily (Ben) Lowe, Will Mayberry, and six great-grandchildren: Kiera Hannuksela, William Hannuksela, Ethan Hannuksela, Katherine Hannuksela, Samuel Mayberry and Abigail Mayberry.

Beth grew up in Chicago and Berwyn, IL. She excelled in school and was enrolled in an early graduation program at the University of Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Archeology in 1948. During college, she enjoyed being on the Marshall Fields College Board where she worked as a model. She and Les owned a veterinary practice in Berwyn, and then moved into Chicago when he became the Director of Lincoln Park Zoo. She was very involved in renovations at the Lincoln Park Zoo, helped organize safaris, and loved traveling to many parts of the world. Beth was a committed volunteer. Her volunteer jobs included working for the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, a Chicago radio station's helpline, Call for Action, and Chicago Children's Hospital. Beth was also a wordsmith. She used her skill as an editor for the Journal of Neurosurgery in Charlottesville, VA, as well as a real estate journal in Chicago.

After leaving Chicago, Beth lived in Rockville, MD for 18 years and then Bainbridge Island, WA for 19 years. Beth had a great sense of humor, and she was a wonderful storyteller with an unbelievable memory and an eye for detail. She was also a great listener and a friend to many. She loved gardening, cooking, reading, and most of all, spending time with family.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Bainbridge Island Library, Helpline House, or Housing Resources Board on Bainbridge Island.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Cook family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island.

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