1951 - 2018
On Dec. 12, 2018, while at home in San Antonio, Donna Fisher, 67, was called to heaven. She was surrounded by her family and under the care of Heart to Heart Hospice. Strong faith in the Lord helped her fight a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer.
On March 1, 1951, Donna was born in Iowa City, Iowa, to John and Opal Fisher. She was raised on a farm near Wellman, and always felt true to her farming background.
Donna graduated from Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Briar Cliff College in 1974. Her other studies included a Master of Education from Southwest Texas State University at San Marcus in 1984 and certification in elementary counseling.
After completing her college education, Donna began her career working at Salvation Army Girls Home in San Antonio. She went on to teach at Edgewood, Judson, Woodstone, Montgomery, and Stahl in San Antonio.
Donna had a varied and successful teaching career of 38 years, which included being a speech therapist, testing coordinator, classroom teacher, and school counselor.
Donna was dedicated to her students creating and implementing an anti-bullying program in three northeast ISD schools.
In 1986, Donna started working for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DODDS) teaching and counseling in elementary schools on U.S. military bases. She taught at Grafenwer, Germany, and other bases for nine years.
While teaching in Germany, Donna had a son, Conor Watts. Donna was a devoted mother. Her biggest joy in life was her son Conor. Donna’s passions were fitness and competitive running. She competed in and finished the New York, London, Nuremberg, Munich, and San Antonio marathons.
Among other hobbies, Donna enjoyed biking, horseback riding, and Euro-American traveling. She also enjoyed cheering for her favorite basketball team, the Spurs.
Being in Germany allowed Donna to travel to London, Paris, Rome, Egypt (where she explored the pyramid of Cheops), Jerusalem, Holland, Denmark (where she and Russ Watts were married), Sweden, Norway, Italy (where she biked down the Adriatic to Greece), Berlin (when the wall came down), as well as Poland, Moscow, and Czechoslovakia.
Donna is survived by her son Conor Watts of San Antonio, Texas. Russel Watts of Rhode Island, Mary Kay (David) Lowenberg of Huntsville, Mo., Mark Fisher of San Diego, Calif., Robert Fisher of Wellman, Diane Christensen of Coralville. Special nieces and nephews include: Amber Whitaker and her husband Tim and family of Austin, Texas, James Christensen of Coralville, Joshua Lowenberg and Kristy and Steven Walz and family of Moberly, Mo.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents John and Opal Fisher. A funeral Mass for Donna was held on Dec. 20, 2018, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma, Texas. A private burial was held in the Wellman Cemetery.
The Yoder-Powell Funeral Home assisted the family with local arrangements.