Ellen Jean Fisher

Ellen Jean Fisher, of Ashland, Missouri passed away on December 23, 2022, with her children at her side.

Ellen was born June 29th, 1960 to Thomas Dysart Fisher and Frances Imogene (Mckinzie) Fisher, in Columbia MO. The family moved to Ashland, MO in 1968. As a child, Ellen enjoyed working with her parents at their various small businesses in Ashland. Ellen graduated from Southern Boone Highschool in 1978, and not long after began her career at GTE, eventually retiring in 2010. She had two children, Emily S. (Fisher) White and Derek J. Fisher. Later in life, Ellen returned to school, graduating with her Associates of Science in Business Management in 2015. Though she never fully realized her dream of becoming a granny rocker for the children’s hospital, she delighted in spending her final years being a devoted grandmother to her beloved grandchildren.

Ellen had many passions. She loved music, singing, baking, reading, shopping, and she loved being a tow truck dispatcher after retirement. Ultimately, her greatest passions were her children, grandchildren, and her faith. Perhaps it was her faith that encouraged her to take on responsibility for those she came in contact with that needed help. She was always there to offer a smile, a hug, an ear to listen, a meal, or even a place to stay. She was a beacon of comfort for those that had the privilege to be near her.

Ellen was preceded in death by her loving parents, Dysart and Jean Fisher, her chosen son, Jakob Robb, and two nieces, Christine Leigh Fisher and Rebecca Ann Fisher.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Robert Calvin of Ashland, brothers, Donald W. Fisher of Columbia, Thomas D. Fisher Jr. of Ashland, and David N. Fisher of Ashland; children, Emily (Vernon) White of Columbia, and Derek (Katie) Fisher of Ashland; and her grandchildren, Avery P. Fisher of Columbia, Violet S. Zimmerman of Sturgeon, Vee A. Zimmerman of Sturgeon, Vari E. Zimmerman of Sturgeon, Elizabeth J. Noble-Fisher of Ashland, Annabella G. Fisher of Ashland, and Vernon E. O. White of Columbia, as well as countless chosen children and grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 7th at 3pm at New Hope Baptist Church, 6210 E Claysville Rd, Hartsburg, MO 65039. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Visits: 4


  1. Donna Brake on January 4, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    Ellen was always a beacon of light for me. It saddens me to hear of her passing but I know full well she’s rejoicing in her heavenly home.

  2. Everett Hughes on January 4, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    Emily your mother had a beautiful soul ?. What a wonderful and special person she was. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers ? and my condolences to you and your family. Love and hugs ???

  3. Wilhelmina Graves on January 4, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    Ellen always had a smile on her face. We worked together at Columbia Insurance Group and GTE. She had a beautiful spirit and will be greatly missed. Condolences to her family.

  4. Sabrina Carvalho on January 4, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Ellen was all about her kids, Emily and DJ and grandkids . She loved country music and loved to a mom and take care of her kids . She worked hard to provide the best for them . Loving daughter, she was very close to Bo and Papa. I had the opportunity to stay with her as an exchange student. She was so sweet and will always live in my heart ?? . So sad to see her go.

  5. Karen Almond on January 5, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Ellen was a beloved long time friend. She will be greatly missed by so many.

  6. Leisa Cline on January 5, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    I am at a loss for words. I do not remember life without Ellen. I miss you Ellen. Trying to live without you is almost unbearable. You are in my heart and prayers.

  7. Rebecca Westling on January 6, 2023 at 11:27 am

    My dad. Sam Rees grew up with Dysart. I have known Ellen my entire life.
    I have many memories of us.
    My condolences to your family
    Becky. Rees. Westling

  8. Mescal Echelmeyer on January 6, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    Ellen, we went to school together growing up, and you were always sweet and kind to everyone. You always had a big heart and kind soul, and I loved reading about your love of the Lord, your support and encouragement to follow him. We know where you are, and I’ll be praying for you Ellen and your family!! I know your family will feel your loss for a long time,…God bless all of you and comfort you during this difficult time,…

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