July 24, 1929 ~ May 16, 2021

Born in: Madison Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Lee Crawford Fisher (91) left this world for her heavenly home on May 16, 2021. She was the oldest daughter of eleven children born to Reverend Lonnie Gray Crawford and Bessie Lugenia Hensley Crawford. She came from a farming family and Lee spent her childhood caring for younger siblings and helping in the garden. Determined to make her own way in the world, she left home as a teenager to work her way through high school and Mars Hill College where she earned an Associates Degree in Business.

In her early twenties, she met Henry C. Fisher Jr. (Nick) who became the love of her life. They were married in Asheville in 1952 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary before Nick’s death in 2013. Nick was known to frequently look at Lee and say to anyone around, “Didn’t I do good?” or kiss her and proclaim, “Good sugar!”. Their marriage was a beautiful example of a love and devotion you don’t find very often. It was truly a match made in Heaven, exactly where they have been reunited today.

A woman of faith who deeply loved her family, Lee was quick to acknowledge that growing up her family didn’t have much but they always knew they were loved beyond measure. She felt incredibly blessed that the Lord gave her Nick and three beautiful children. She always reminded her children that “pretty is as pretty does” and to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” She lived her life in a way that embodied those words, never saying a bad word about anyone and never raising her voice in anger.

Nick’s work as a geologist moved the family out West and brought them many dear friends and countless fond memories. In later years, they returned to Asheville to care for their aging parents and it was there they put down roots, building and operating Nik Pik Market and two mobile home parks. Upon the death of Nick’s parents, they moved into the family home, “Fisher Farm”, where they resided for the remainder of their lives. They were faithful members of Emma United Methodist church for over 45 years.

The “Fisher Farm” became known fondly by her grandchildren as “Mamaw’s House.” Despite it being passed down through Nick’s family, when you walked in the door, you knew immediately who made the house a home. Nick would laugh and say “Hey, I live here too!” Her spirit inhabited every corner of the farm. She was never happier than on holidays when the seams of the farm house were bursting with the generations of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would always ask to say a few words before meals and never failed to shed a few tears as she expressed her gratitude for the family God had blessed her with. She wasn’t a proud woman but she was an immensely grateful one.

Lee found a great deal of satisfaction spending time in her garden. She enjoyed picking and stringing green beans; canning and freezing vegetables; picking berries with her grandchildren; and her homemade jelly was highly prized at the church bazaars. She loved flowers and decorated the outside of her home with hundreds of blooms and was especially proud of the flowers she had transplanted from Granny Crawford’s house. Not a stranger to hard work, it wasn’t unusual to find her halfway under a bush pulling weeds or planting some tiny bulbs with a spoon from the silver collection. Most days, the seat of her wheeled garden cart endured much more use than her couch. This was a true testament to her spirit of service. Her hands were never idle but rather full of the literal fruits of her labor.

Lee opened her heart and home to family and friends alike. She welcomed visitors, both invited and spontaneous, as someone who knew the gift of having loved ones in her home was not to be taken for granted. A family wedding at the farm was her delight. When she was able, she enjoyed camping with her brothers and sisters, square dancing with friends and in her later years, she spent many happy hours putting together jigsaw puzzles with her sister, Shirley, who helped care for her. She loved birds, especially cardinals, and she found joy in her last days watching them on the feeder outside her window while singing along to the gospel hymns that meant so much to her. She was both strong and gentle. Her children counted on her to be the heartbeat of their family and always knew her love and forgiveness were boundless. The memory of Lee will live on forever in the minds and hearts of the generations she ushered into this world.

Lee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nick Fisher; son, Henry Fisher III; grandson, Zachary Harkins; and sisters Faye Bryant and Marsha Rogers.

Surviving are two daughters; Linda Fisher Poss (husband, Wes Sharpe) and Carmen Fisher Murray (husband, Mike Murray) and daughter-in-law, Diana Curtis Fisher. Surviving sisters include Shirley Bryant, Alice Jamison (Howard), and Colene Higgins (Alton). Surviving brothers include Willie Crawford, Leonard Crawford (Louella), Burlan Crawford (Arlene), Carlie Crawford (Colleen), and Steve Crawford (Linda). Survivors also include eleven grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, a great, great grandchild, nieces and nephews.

Deep appreciation is extended to her caregivers: Alice, Atma, Lillian and Valerie, for the tender, loving care they provided during Lee’s extended illness.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11:00 am at Groce Funeral Home, Patton Ave. Reverend Wes Sharpe and Reverend Joy Moss will officiate. The service will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/grocefh/. The family will receive friends at 9:30am prior to the 11:00am service. Burial will be immediately following the service at Green Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a donation in Lee’s memory to Manna Food Bank of Asheville, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Online donations at mannafoodbank.org.

If Lee were asked for one last bit of advice, she would no doubt take the chance to remind you that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).

Services

Visitation: May 24, 2021 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Celebration of Life: May 24, 2021 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial: May 24, 2021 12:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-9831

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fisher family. The world is a little dimmer today, but Heaven is brighter! I love to hear Lee laugh at Nick’s jokes and the sparkle in her eyes when she was looking at him. She was a beautiful person, who touched the lives of many. I hope she and Nick are dancing today!

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    • Thank you Donna for your kind words. Your continued prayers are appreciated during this difficult time.

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  2. David and I have such sweet memories of Lee from Emma United Methodist Church. I also treasure the times I stopped by to visit and give her a church bulletin.
    Thoughts and Prays are with this precious family as you walk this valley of grief
    With Love and deepest sympathy
    Martha and David Bass
    Southport NC

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  3. Carmen, I’m so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Sending hugs and prayers! Love y’all!

    Sonia Pressley

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  4. What a blessing Lee was to me! She and Nick loved me unconditionally and treated me as their own. Lee referred to me as her daughter- which I consider an honor! It was a gift from God to have her in my life. I’m thankful that I was able to be a part of her life until the end. Much love to Carmen, Linda and Diana- you have the strength to carry on Lee’s legacy! ❤️

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    • Connie,
      Mother loved you dearly. Your frequent visits during her last weeks always brightened her days. You feel like a member of our family.
      Linda

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    • Connie,
      We all knew you were the favorite! Thank you so much for visiting Mom throughout her last months, and years… reading to her, sharing stories and loving on her. I know she appreciated it and loved being with you again. Thanks also for sitting with me, bringing me lunch and helping through these past few weeks. Don’t know what I would have done without your friendship. We love you!
      Carmen

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to honor an incredible woman! Thank you for sharing so many of your memories to describe just how special Lee was as a member of your family. She was caring, kind, and full of fun each time I was fortunate enough to be in her presence. What I loved most about her was that gorgeous smile and the delightful sound of her laughter! Each time we were together, I always told her I wished I was part of her family, and she was quick to remind me that family friends WERE just like family to her.

    Carmen, you remind me so much of your fabulous mother through your breathtaking smile, quick wit, love of family, and reliance on Christ for comfort. Each day you live your life by showing all of us that “pretty is what pretty does.” Thank you for letting me into your amazing family through your friendship. The truth is – my own life is better because of your family. God bless all of you.

    With love and prayers,
    Becky

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    • I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your sweet and loving words. Mama welcomed our dear friends into our family and we were blessed by each one! Thank you for your friendship and being a continued part of our milestones… directing family weddings and most importantly, walking through our celebrations and sorrows. We love you!

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  6. Lee was a beautiful person, and her character is well represented, still. Our prayers are with all of you. We could all only hope to have such an incredible obituary written about us. You’re a very blessed family.
    Love and prayers
    Sharon Ford

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  7. Linda and Carmen, you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom’s picture and obituary tell the story of a beautiful and remarkable woman. With sympathy, Alice

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    • Alice, thank you for your kind words and prayers. Mother was indeed a treasure and we were blessed to be her daughters. I hope you are doing well.
      Sincerely,
      Linda

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    • Thank you, Linda. I hope you are doing well. It has been far too long since we have seen each other.
      Love,
      Linda

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  8. Carmen and Linda,

    My heart goes out to you in the passing of your sweet mom. My mom said that she named my one of my older sisters after her. I like to think that your mom, dad and my parents are together again enjoying each other’s company just like they used to! They had some good stories of the Engineers Society Christmas parties. You have my deepest sympathies in your loss.

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    • Hi Lorna,
      It is comforting to think of our parents renewing their friendship now that they are reunited. Mom and Dad always had such nice things to say about Sam and Jean. I hadn’t heard that one of your sisters was named after Mother. I know she would have been honored if she had known.
      Linda

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  9. Carmen, Continuing to keep you and your sweet family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Mark and Candie Sellers

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  10. Sorry for your loss. Know that I love all of you and that I am praying for you. Let me know if you need anything.
    Love

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  11. Sorry for your loss. Know that I am here if you need me. All of you are still in my prayers also love all of you. This is not an easy time.

    Love

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  12. Carmen and Linda,

    So sorry for your loss.
    I will always cherish the memories of spending time with your family at the Fisher Farm.
    Your mom will always be in my heart as one of the most caring and sweetest people I had the pleasure of meeting in my life.

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    • Thank you, Gerald. She was one of those rare gems you find in life. I was blessed to be her daughter. I appreciate your kind words.
      take care.

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  13. So sorry to hear about Lee. She was a very special lady we had the pleasure of knowing and know she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
    Love and prayers

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