Carol Lee Fisher


September 30, 1934 – July 11, 2018

Carol Lee [Smith] Fisher was born September 30, 1934 in Boston Massachusetts to Thomas and Ethel Smith of Beacon Hill. She attended Girls Latin School and Boston University. She met and married Robert Barry Fisher of Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1954. Carol raised two sons- Christopher Norman Fisher and Frederick Albee Fisher II (preceded Carol in death in 2013). The family moved to Newport in 1969 when Barry began working at the OSU Science Center. After raising her sons, she completed her studies in English and became a proud graduate of Oregon State University. From there she embarked on a long and rewarding career as an English teacher. She taught at Waldport High School, Newport Junior High, and Newport High School. After retirement, she and Barry began a tradition of wintering in Cabo San Lucas. They enjoyed sun, whale watching, and the colorful culture of Mexico for 25 years. She also began an energetic second career as a volunteer, and proudly served on the board of directors for the Newport Public Library. She continued as a volunteer and a patron of local arts, education, and wellness causes. She participated in water aerobics for years at the Newport Swimming Pool, and was a tireless advocate for the new Newport Recreation Center. At age 80, just because someone needed to step up, she decided to become her neighborhood’s tsunami watch captain, complete with a radio, emergency supplies, and a CPR kit. She was active, fun and fit right up to the end, attending line dancing and Zumba twothree times a week. Food and reading were two of her favorite pastimes, and she would talk eloquently about the recipes she had found and the books she loved. She always tried to get her visitors to taste the latest dish and read the latest book.

In Carol’s most recent years she maximized her time with her son Christopher Norman Fisher (Cathy Taylor Fisher) grandchildren Christopher Kyle Fisher (Josefina Verdugo Fisher), Kassidee Jean Fisher Harrison (Benjamin Harrison), and Cameron Barry Fisher. Her smile was infectious when holding her great grandsons Christian Raymond Fisher (Kyle and Josie) and Finley Thomas Harrison (Kassidee and Ben). A memorial service will be held on August 4 at 2 PM at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Public Library Foundation of the City of Newport Oregon or the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.

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