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Elsie Mae Pennington Fisher, 93, died Friday, March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She was born Feb. 19, 1924 to Elijah (Bide) Andrew and Opal Clara (Childears) Pennington in Liberal. 

She married Bradley Clinton Fisher June 11, 1949 in Liberal. He preceded her in death Oct. 29, 2007.

She attended rural Kearny County and Liberal schools, and graduated from Liberal High School in 1943. She graduated from Denver Business College in 1945.

She and her husband pastored Friends Churches in Friendship, Mount Ayr, Alton, Springfield, Colorado, Topeka, Seiling, Oklahoma, Center, Colorado, Walsh, Colorado and Arkansas City. They also pastored Methodist churches in the Arkansas City area for years.  

She worked as bookkeeper for Friends Special Schools in San Antonio from 1971-1974 , and Central Distributing in Liberal. 

She served as a pastor’s wife for more than 50 years, teaching Sunday School and other children’s programs. 

She was able to use her creative, artistic ability in everything she did, and loved painting and poetry.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: James, Lester, and Ernest; and sister, Mabel Grusing. 

Survivors include sons, Mark and wife, Brinda, LaJunta, Colorado, and John and wife, Cindy, Tulsa, Oklahoma; daughters, Treva Clowe and husband, Gary, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Euleta Barr, Liberal, and Lynnetta Chitwood and husband, David, Arkansas City; grandchildren: Heather Gundling and husband, Jeremy, Friendswood, Texas, Jason Clowe and wife, Jackie, Monument, Colorado, Phillip Barr and wife, Megan, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Davina Barr, Kansas City, Missouri, Kelly Chitwood, Wichita, Joshua and Kaleb Fisher, LaJunta, Colorado, and Chris, Jordan, Shawn and Casie Fisher, Tulsa, Oklahoma; sisters: Ruth Fawcett, Kismet, Mary Few, Scottsdale, Arizona, Nina Bailey, Kansas City, Missouri, and Esther Spaulding, Canyon, Texas; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

• Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 26 at the Friends Church, 1650 N. Western Ave., in Liberal. 

Burial will follow at the Arkalon Cemetery in rural Seward County.




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