On Dec. 4, 2020, Loretta Bernice Fisher passed away in Vancouver, Wash., at the age of 87. Cremation has taken place.
Loretta was born on July 11, 1933 in Kalispell, Mont., and was raised by her parents Fred and Beatrice Whelchel in Cut Bank, Mont. She graduated from Cut Bank High School in 1950. She was a gifted clarinetist in the Cut Bank High School band.
On Nov. 2, 1952 she married her high school sweetheart, William “Bill” Fisher. Loretta and Bill began their married life in Cut Bank but soon relocated to Bremerton, Wash., where Bill completed a machinist apprenticeship at the U.S. Naval Shipyards. Loretta and Bill eventually returned to Montana where they raised their six children in Glendive and Billings, Mont.
Throughout her life, Loretta was a devoted mother and homemaker. She was proud that all of her children grew up to be good parents and successful adults. She was an avid supporter of the Camp Fire Girls volunteering her time and energy as a Blue Bird and Camp Fire Girl leader. Her girls were always involved in community service work and elaborate arts and crafts projects.
She was always proud to claim every year that all of her girls sold at least 100 boxes of Camp Fire Girls chocolate for the annual fundraiser which enabled many of her girls to go to camp in the summer.
Loretta was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Billings. She was highly involved as a parent volunteer for the Masonic Rainbow Girls program. She was especially proud that all three of her daughters were Rainbow Girls.
Loretta was also very proud of her family and family history. She spent countless hours researching and documenting the Whelchel and Fisher family tree and history. She organized these records into binders and gave them to each of her children as gifts.
She was a gifted seamstress—a skill which she passed on to her daughters. Loretta spent many hours making work shirts for Bill and her sons and dresses and tops for the girls. Later in her life, she participated in and led various quilting clubs. She had an artistic eye and was skilled at many crafts. Her tole painting and quilts were beautiful. Her hand stitching was of the highest quality.
Loretta is survived by her children Nancy Martin (Roger), Fred Fisher (Barbara), Diana Catteneo (Allen), Wade Fisher (Leslie), Myla Smith (Lenny), and Cody Fisher (Cassie); eleven grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. She is also survived by her dearest friend Patricia “Pat” Fugle of Cut Bank.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Beatrice Whelchel; her husband Bill; infant daughter Lisa Joy; and grandson Matthew.