Mary Beth Fisher

Mary Beth Fisher

December 28, 1949 – November 16, 2021

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, Nov. 27th at 11am at the West Center Chapel, with VISITATION from 10am to 11am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Methodist Hospital Foundation and Augustana Lutheran Church-Project Embrace.

To view a live broadcast of the Memorial Service, please go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.


Mary Fisher passed in peace on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at the age of 71.  She is survived by her beloved spouse of 38 years, Cathy Barnes. She is also survived by siblings: John Fisher (Lindsley), Tom Fisher (Patty), and Tom Wallis (Joel); brother-in-law, Mark Barnes (Melinda). She was the proud aunt of nieces and nephews: Luke, Ann, Jeremy, Ramsey, Skya, Sydney, Jeff, Tim; grandnieces and grandnephews: Lelani, Hayden, Ro, Tatum, Quinn, Cecily, Penny, Tyler, Allison, Ed, and Abbi; loving grandmother of: Violet, Charlie, and Bowen.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Constance Fisher.

Mary received her undergraduate degree in Education and Sociology at the University of Colorado and earned her Master’s degree in Education from Boston College.  Her post-graduate studies were in English as a Second Language and Inner-City Education at UNO.  Mary was a dedicated, passionate, and celebrated teacher.  She was awarded the Archdiocese of Omaha Inner-City Teacher of the Year in 2016 for her 10 plus years of service at Sacred Heart, where she taught 7th and 8th grade. Mary also taught at Flanigan and Dominican High School.

Mary’s interest in, study of, and dedication to spirituality and religion was a prominent part of her life.  Not only was she the Director of Religious Education for the Des Moines Diocese, but she also took part as a liturgist at Creighton University and served as a marriage officiant at many of her friends’ weddings.  For the last 11 years, Mary has been a faithful sacristan at daily masses at Saint Mary Magdalene Church in downtown Omaha, where she was a confidant to many and a shoulder to cry on when needed.  She always cherished the opportunity to minister to others.

Mary will also be remembered for her love of music and the arts, as she was an extremely talented artist herself.  She was Director of the Life Choir for persons with mental illness, as well as a wonderful guitarist and singer. Mary often attended musicals, dance performances, operas, and the Shannon Barnhart Dance Studio recitals, where her wife taught and choreographed.

Outside of the arts, Mary was an avid environmentalist.  Whether exploring the mountains or delighting in the salty ocean air, she loved to share in the majesty of nature.  After all, celebrating all things beautiful was at the center of her life.  Her intellectual curiosity and unique creativity lead her to cultivate a wide array of hobbies and interests, including cooking, holism, gardening, photography, building and painting peace poles, as well as exploring other artistic mediums.  Mary loved hosting and creating elegant and festive events for her friends and family.  She was also a champion and supporter of LGBTQ rights, social justice, and ongoing civil rights movements, and dedicated her time and talents to many communities in need.

Mary was beloved to all those who were lucky enough to have her in their lives.  She was a fountain of joy with an innate gift for storytelling.  Her heart was a home and place of peace for many of those who knew her, and while she will be greatly missed, her legacy will live on in the students that she taught, the people that she loved, and in the friends and family who cherished her.





  • Monica And Steve Baxter and family Posted November 21, 2021 7:52 am

    We’ll be there…… sooooooooi sorry for your loss Cathy!😘❤️🙏

  • Erin Porterfield Posted November 21, 2021 7:56 am

    Love to you, Cathy, and the family. Sounds of Mary’s hearty laugh keep coming me. It was wonderful talking with the both of you a few weeks ago. Cherished time.
    Erin Porterfield

  • Sarah Vogel Posted November 21, 2021 7:32 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss Cathy. Mary was an exceptional women. We love you! – love the Vogel’s

  • Gary George Posted November 22, 2021 8:30 am

    All of us at Hospice House-The Josie Harper Residence are holding you close in heart and mind, Cathy. Deepest sympathy. =Gary George

  • Sarah Posted November 22, 2021 9:30 am

    Dear Cathy, I extend my heartfelt sympathy to you, your family, and Mary’s family. I’m so sorry. Know you are lifted in my thoughts and prayers now and the days ahead.

  • Heather Henrichs Posted November 22, 2021 12:39 pm

    Cathy, you are so loved and I am so so very sorry for your loss. Mary was a beautiful spirit who was so wonderful to visit and laugh with. Sending you prayers for peace in this difficult time.

  • Heather Henrichs Posted November 22, 2021 12:40 pm

    Sending you love and prayers for peace in this difficult time. Mary was an amazing women and such a joy to laugh and visit with, she will be missed.

  • Cathy Pedersen Posted November 25, 2021 12:07 am

    Cathy, I am so very sorry and my heart aches for you in this very difficult time. Sending healing prayers and thoughts of love.
    I will miss Mary’s presence, energy, spirit, laughter, and presence in my life.

    One of my favorite memories of Mary’s gifts to Women of Spirit’s Multi-Faith Days was the Mi Shebeirach… a musical Jewish prayer of healing.

    I’m smiling through my tears as I listen to Debbie Freedman’s rendition of it today….

    I will be present on Saturday.
    Cathy Pedersen

  • Valerie Jass Posted November 25, 2021 2:39 pm

    A beautiful Life Review, Cathy.

    Knowing Mary since the 1970’s, she is gone Way Too Soon.

    My heart truly hurts.

    Hoping everyone will find comfort in the warm memories we have always held and will continue to hold in our hearts.
    Sending my love and respect from northern Iowa to the entire Fisher and Barnes family.

  • Carol Evans Lynch Posted November 26, 2021 9:18 am

    My heart goes out to you Cathy and to Mary”s beloved family. She was a loving and talented individual. Blessings for the many years that you shared and built a life that was a demonstration of how love works.May your memories over time bring each of you peace.

  • Deb Kavanagh Posted November 27, 2021 10:13 am

    So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. How the time does go by. Both of you have been in my thoughts often. Love and hugs to you Cathy. ❤️ Deb

  • Renee O’Brien Posted November 27, 2021 12:08 pm

    Cathy, I was with you in spirit on Live Stream. Mary was a beautiful woman and will always be with us. Sending love and prayers to you.

  • Dolores Estrado Posted November 27, 2021 12:47 pm

    Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I had been thinking about Mary for the Last couple of weeks and was going to call her and then learned of her passing I can’t express how deeply she will be missed from me as well as everyone she knew. I finished watching her very special memorial and just sat and reminisced about the various events from Sacred Heart to Women of Faith we work on.. Take care, Cathy!!

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