Published in Odessa American on Jan. 16, 2020
Mary Louise Wells Fisher
1930 - 2020
HOUSTON - Mary Louise Wells Fisher, beloved wife,
mother, grandmother, aunt and friend passed away on
January 14, 2020 in Houston.
Mary was born December 27, 1930 in Everett,
Washington to John and Anna Deanne Wells. Her
parents moved to North Hollywood California where
she lived for 13 years. Mary graduated from Western
High School in Washington, D.C. (1949), and then
continued her education at Texas Christian University where she became a lifelong
Horned Frog fan. It was there that she met her husband Lester William Fisher. They
married in September of 1950.
Mary and Les lived in many different states through their early married life before settling
in Odessa, Texas where they raised their four children. Mary and Les moved to Midland in
1988 where Mary became active at North A Church of Christ and continued her
involvement with the Ladies Golf Association at Sunset Country Club. Mary moved to the
Houston area in 2011 where she lived for the rest of her life.
Mary devoted her life to raising and caring for her husband and children. To Mary, family
was everything. Mary was the consummate wife, mother, and friend. She believed that
she served God best by supporting her family and the people that she loved. Mary's
husband, Les was her number one priority, and her son Kwen was the child of her heart.
Mary's hallmark was honesty and loyalty. She believed in and supported North A Church
of Christ, her family and friends, the Odessa High Bronchos, the TCU Horned Frogs, and
the Dallas Cowboys. She never gave up on anyone that she believed in. And she loved
her family more than any earthly thing.
Mary never met a stranger. She would strike up conversation with people from all walks of
life and always found the good in the people that she met. Her children never heard her
say a cruel or unkind thing about anyone. She loved to play golf, loved creating the
scrapbooks for the Ladies' Golf Association, and enjoyed taking ladies from the church to
lunch. But most of all she loved spending time with her family. And they loved sharing their
lives with her. Mary taught all of her grandchildren to throw and catch a baseball, cared for
them when they were sick, played endless games of Candyland when they were small,
enjoyed every sport or musical event they played in, and supported them in every
Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Les, and son Kwen, her father
John Wells, her mother Deanne Wells, her sisters Marjorie Wells and Virginia Wells Van
Guisen, and her brother Col. John H. Wells, Jr.
She is survived her daughter Lerla and Jim Noelke of Monahans, grandchildren Clay
Chism, Chad and Stacy Chism, and Caley Chism, and great-grandchildren Zane Chism
and Blaine Chism; daughter Shauna and Robert Thornton of Houston, grandchildren
Kagan Thornton, Matt and Bernadette Thornton, and Trent and Stacy Thornton, and
great-grandchildren Hayley Thornton and Freya Thornton, and Lorelai Thompson; son Jim
and Stacie Fisher of Flower Mound, grandchildren Leslee and Noah Carson, and
great-grandchildren Addy Bond, Carter Bond, Emery Bond, Case Bond, Holly Carson,
and Hailey Carson, grandchildren Zach and Lindsey Fisher and great-grandchildren
Beckett, Reecie, and Crew Fisher; great-niece Kimberly Stepp of Odessa and her
children Angela and Chris Chancellor and Norton Stepp; and sister-in-law, Dorothy
Schlemeyer and Race Schlemeyer, Trace Schlemeyer, and Carla Schlemeyer. All of her
family members have been so very blessed to have had Mary Fisher in our lives.
Mary will be remembered most of all for her strength and steadfastness, for her
perseverance in difficult times, and for her deep commitment to the people in her life. She
was truly one of a kind, a kind and steadfast woman in a century where kindness and
steadfastness are slowly disappearing.
Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Friday, January 17, 2020 at Sunset Memorial
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Sunset Memorial
Funeral Home Chapel with Greg Fleming officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Chad Chism, Clay Chism, Caley Chism, Kagan
Thornton, Matt Thornton, Trent Thornton, Leslee Carson, and Zach Fisher. Honorary
pallbearers are her sons-in-law, Robert Thornton and Jim Noelke.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Odessa Christian School, Midland Christian
School, or to the Boys' and Girls' Club of Odessa.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to the Denise
caregivers and nursing staff at Brookdale Willowbrook in Houston, Texas for their tireless
efforts on Mary's behalf.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send
family condolences, please sign her guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com