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Mary Magdalene Fisher

February 5, 1924 — July 26, 2022


Mrs. Mary Magdalene Daniel Fisher, affectionately known as 'Mamaw' by everyone, went to sleep Tuesday night at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rome, GA, and woke up Wednesday morning, July 26, 2022, in Glory, her Heavenly home. She was welcomed there by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; her parents John Henry and Emma Frances Channell Daniel, her husband Jesse F Fisher, Sr. (2003) ; two daughters Melba Jean Phipps (2010) and Mary Frances Ralston (2021); brothers and sisters; Frank Daniel, James Daniel, Thurman Daniel, William 'Cowboy' Daniel, Sr., Gerthelea Hollis, Jessie Mae Carlton, and Nellie Parker. Many other family and friends welcomed her home as well.
Even though she said many times she was going to live to see 100 years old, she only got to see and live 98 of them. Mary was born in Floyd County, GA on Feb 5, 1924. She lived a full and happy life. She was always thankful and grateful for everything she had. She was not fancy nor needed to be the center of attention. She was loved and adored by her husband of more than 58 years and was lost when he passed away. She loved her children dearly; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was always excited to see them and love on them, not with material things, but with her time, wisdom, and the best hugs a person could ever have. She was short in stature but would squeeze the stuffings out of you! She was an amazing cook. Her scrambled eggs and Tang were so good and could not be duplicated; not quite sure what her secret was but when the grandchildren asked their moms to make them at home, they were never the same as Mamaw's. Every holiday she made sure to make the cakes and pies everyone loved and if your favorite dessert wasn't made, she would be sure to make it next time. Her desserts, especially her cornbread cake, were loved by more than just her family. For many years she made something sweet every week and took them to her friends Max and Gentle Lee Brannon at the flower shop and even made an extra to take to Eddie and the staff at the funeral home.
Her church family looked forward to her desserts as well, often asking her what she made. She would smile and go show them to be sure they got hers; There were never any leftovers for her to take home. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living member at New Zion Baptist Church. She taught a Sunday school class for right at 40 years, teaching many generations of little children. She loved the Lord and supported her church. She (and Jesse) never missed a service unless she was sick or someone in her family needed her or had passed away. One of her more prominent spiritual gifts was the Acts of Service. She was always helping and giving to those in need, many times without asking. She would see or learn of a situation/need and just knew what she needed to do to help and she did it with the love of Christ and never expected anything in return. She was always taking care of others. At one point, both her mother and mother-in-law lived with her and Jesse; taking care of them until they each passed away. They would travel to Dalton once a week to care for Jesse's two aunts and even moved in with one when the other passed away. They would go to Rome weekly to visit Mary's, Uncle Tom. She rarely ever took time for herself, instead choosing to love and care for others. She was always loving, smiling, and never had a crossword or said anything bad about anyone. She could and would get upset and be stern from time to time, especially when she was disciplining her grandchildren. She rarely ever raised her voice to them but boy howdy could she wield a mean fly flap! Even then she did it with love.
Mary (and her husband) believed wholeheartedly in 'working for what you have.' In the early years of their marriage, they worked and lived on the Shugart farm; planting, working, and harvesting the Shugart's cotton fields, while raising her children. Once they moved to their home in the New Town Community; they planted, worked, harvested, and 'put up' vegetables for their family for the next year...many times, having enough to share with her brothers, sisters, and children. There was even a time when they planted a couple of rows of cotton and taught their grandchildren how to pick it and later on remove the seeds; sharing with them the stories of working in the cotton fields when she was a young girl. She taught not only her children but also her grandchildren how to work a garden, harvest the vegetables, and cut/freeze/can them for the upcoming year. Publicly, she works at Payne's Cafe, Cherokee Nursing Home, and O'Jay Mills until her retirement.
Taylor, her oldest great-granddaughter, once interviewed her for a school project, the topic was 'Living through the Great Depression.' Mamaw shared many memories about that time but the one that stood out the most was, 'The Great Depression wasn't so depressing for us. It was depressing for those rich people who had money, but we never had lots of money. We worked hard for what we had so there was always food on our table; we never went without. The only thing we ever had to buy from the food truck was flour, sugar, and sometimes eggs.'
To say that she lived a long life is an understatement because she truly LIVED! She lived through all of life's happiest moments as well as those of great loss and sorrow. Although her family and loved ones will miss her greatly, they know she had far more waiting on her in Heaven than she did here. Her memory and body are restored and we know she is catching everyone up on what they have missed down here.
She leaves a legacy of hard work, helping others, and above all else; LOVE to her surviving family which consists of:
Her son, Jesse Franklin Fisher, Jr.
Seven grandchildren and their spouses: Howard (Donna) Ralston, Doug (Sandy) Ralston, Carol Ralson, Sabrina (Tony) Williams, Tania (Joel) Garland, Casie Fisher, and Caleb (Danielle) Fisher; eight great-granddaughters and spouses: Taylor (Dustin) Maney, MaKailea (Gordon) Wallin, Summer (Jake) England, Brooklyn Garland, Jessye Williams, Jazmine, and Gabrielle Ralston, and Lenora and Lillian Fisher; three great-great-grandchildren: Marlowe Maney, Harrison Wallin, and Everett Maney whom she never got to meet because of Covid and the visitation limits put in place to protect the residents at Evergreen.
The family would like to personally thank the nurses, aides, and staff at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center for loving and caring for their mother and Mamaw like she was their own for the last five years. Everyone there called her 'Mamaw' and they went above and beyond to take excellent care of her and she loved them as her family.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Daniel Fisher will be conducted on Friday, July 29th at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Jacky Waits and Rev. Lamar Bearden officiating. Burial to follow in Harmony Cemetery with Eddie Brannon in charge of the graveside rites.
Pallbearers serving will include Caleb Fisher, Howard Ralston, Donald Bowen, Clifford Daniel, and Jimmy Anderson. Honorary pallbearers are William Daniel Jr., Tommy Daniel, and Johnny Daniel.
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 28th between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM at the funeral Home and on Friday from 1:00 PM until the funeral hour.
The Brannon family and staff are honored to serve the family of Mrs. Mary Daniel Fisher, 98, of Calhoun.

Funeral Service

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Visitation Thursday
July 28, 2022
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

711 College Street
Calhoun, GA 30701

Funeral Service Friday
July 29, 2022
2:00 PM

711 College Street
Calhoun, GA 30701

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