Obituary for Phyllis Ann Phyllis
Phyllis Ann (Breitling) Fisher passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wedgewood Terrace Assisted Living facility. Phyllis has lived in Lewiston since 1976.
She was born April 4, 1931, in McCook, Neb., to Esther Baumbach Breitling and Jacob Garrett Breitling, joining older sister Vila and older brothers Vernon and Junior. When she was about 5 years old, the Breitling family loaded up their car and a trailer and headed west so Jake could find work and support his family, in part because of the Midwestern "Dust Bowl." Many families were making the same exodus during this time.
They ended up in Emmett, Idaho, at fruit orchards owned by a kind lady who put Esther, Jake and the older kids to work. Phyllis was too small and a bit sickly, so she laid on a blanket in the orchards while they worked. The owner of the orchard noticed little Phyllis and brought her into her home to eat and rest, and for that she was always grateful to her and never forgot it.
Eventually, Jake found work as a carpenter and other odd jobs, and they lived in several other towns, including Notus, Idaho, and Nampa, eventually ending up in New Plymouth, Idaho. Phyllis attended school in Notus and New Plymouth, completing the eighth grade. After her school years, she went to work in the orchards, canneries and packing sheds all around the area. She proudly had enough money in savings to buy several pieces of furniture when she married.
In 1950, a very handsome John Fisher came home from military service and was introduced to pretty new member Phyllis at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Plymouth, and they were married in November 1951. John worked at the Payette Valley Co-op in New Plymouth, and around 1956 they purchased a small dairy farm about half a mile from John's parents, and Phyllis learned how to milk cows. Five children were born to them in New Plymouth: Brenda, Vernon "Bud," Gary, Jeff and Todd.
They lived in New Plymouth from 1951 until 1976, when they moved to Lewiston. Phyllis worked in environmental services at St. Joseph Hospital from 1978 until her retirement in the early 1990s. She obtained her general educational developmental diploma at about the same time.
Both Phyllis and John were lifelong members of the Lutheran Church and faithful followers of the Lord. They rarely missed a Sunday service or services and activities on any other day of the week.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John, in 2012; her parents; her sister and brothers; and granddaughter Jena. She is survived by her children, Brenda Brittain (Stan) of Moses Lake, Wash., Vernon, aka Bud (Carolyn), of Weiser, Idaho, Gary (Diana) of Anchorage, Alaska, Jeff (Charlotte), of Lewiston, and Todd of Lewiston; grandchildren Kory Hasch, Jodi Truman, Jordan Fisher, Dani Sutton and Niki Young; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Viewing will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to any Lutheran foundation, such as The Lutheran Hour, Trinity Lutheran Church, or the Lewiston Food Bank or the Lewiston Animal Shelter.