With a heavy heart our beloved, Mom, Nana, Angel, Gene Fisher passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021 at the age of 89 after surviving breast cancer twice, but was unknowingly being taken by its third attempt, resulting in her death. She was a strong , beautiful, amazing human who is now dancing to Gene Kelly music with her late husband, Harold, under the loving gaze of her savior Jesus Christ.

Gene (maiden name Kelly) was born on December 19, 1931 in San Francisco. As a young adult, she had her own dance studio “Gene Kelly Dance Studio “ in San Francisco, where she grew up and met her husband, Harold Fisher, who was a competitive roller-skate ballroom dancer.

Gene was a Eureka Transit Gold route bus driver and Southern California school bus driver for over 20 years. She taught Sunday school at the local church, she helped raise her grandchildren, and was an active part of their lives and well as their friends.

In her retirement, she would sit and chat over coffee and doughnuts with her resident friends, watching residents play billiards pool, and listing to karaoke in her apartment building. She also enjoyed being at a coffee shop writing letters to friends and family, where each letter had a matching paper, envelope, and a sticker theme. She also enjoyed going to lunch at the Village Pantry with family. She was loved and known by all by her colorful fuzzy hats and her matching outfits.

Preceded in death by her mother Myrtle Rose Kelly, father Arthur (Bud) James Kelly, husband Harold Eugene Fisher. Survived by her daughter, Carol (David) Pryor, son, James (Maria) Fisher, granddaughters Jess (Jay) Blake and Christina Fisher,gGrandsons Garrett (Jay) Krueger and Michael (Shaby) Fisher, and her great-grandchildren, Victoria, Ethan, and Alice Fisher.

Thank you all who loved and enjoyed Gene’s feistiness and loving soul. There will be a remembrance (“Graduation Party”) near her birthday in December, details will be mailed out by USPS by September 2021.


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