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Fonda Irene Fisher

April 7, 1943July 10, 2020
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Graveside services for Fonda Irene Adkins-Fisher will be held on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Brother Sam Keener officiating. Her family will have a visitation on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 beginning at 5:00 Pm until 7:00 Pm at Reed-Culver Chapel. Online condolences for her family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Fonda include Kristian Smith, Lane Smith, Jesse Daniel Barnes, Monty Robbins, Albert McMahan and Stevie Thompson. Her former students will serve as her Honorary Pallbearers.

Fonda Irene Adkins-Fisher was born on Wednesday, April 7th, 1943 in Lost City, OK, the daughter of Dan and Bessie (Potts) Adkins. She attended school and then went to Northeastern State University and obtained her Master’s degree in education. This was far more than a job to Fonda, it was her life’s calling instilling a love of knowledge in her students. On August 10th, 1962, she married her best friend Delmor Fisher, and together they shared 57 years memories and raised two daughters, Danna and Kristal. In 1962, she began teaching students, and this life-long endeavor has blessed many young minds over the years. She was a gifted Mathematician, and Fonda used this gift on her students. It didn’t matter if they were learning from prison or in the school system, Fonda cared enough to give them all she had to give. She began teaching in Liberty School a one room school house with all eight grades in one room together. She transferred to Peggs for a year and a half, then from 1964 until 2001, she taught at Hulbert School. In 2006-2007, she came out of retirement to teach for one year at Lost City. Her awards shelf was full of the love and time she invested in her students. She cherished every student’s accomplishments and they knew there was always a willing friend in Fonda. When she wasn’t teaching, she was raising her family. She never grew tired of being with her family and friends, to share a meal or celebrate one of life's little moments. There was always time to read a good book, watch the pony race, play a few slots with her friends, or doing something special for those she loved. The best part of any day was seeing and spending time with Kristian, Lane, Elizabeth, Jesse, and Kali, the five best grandchildren on earth. A Christian by faith, Fonda was a member of the Swimmer Baptist Church. The church was simply an extension of her family, and she loved every one of the members and helped whenever asked. Her faith sustained Fonda even when the road became long and hard to climb, Fonda never stopped loving those around her. Her smile was warm and comforting and her presence in the room was a constant reminder she was there for you. The Lord called this loving wife, mother and grandmother home from her many labors on Friday, July 10th, 2020 at her home in Lost City. She was 77 years old and will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her mother, father, grandparents, and her beloved daughter, Danna Rae Fisher-Barnes.

Those left to celebrate her life include her husband Delmor Fisher of the home in Lost City, OK, and her daughter, Kristal D. Chuculate-Smith and husband David of Lost City, OK. She also leaves one sister, Brenda Steeber and husband Robert of Checotah, OK. Fonda lives on in her five adored grandchildren, Kristian Smith of Hulbert, Lane Smith and wife Sarah of Wagoner, OK, Elizabeth Grace Smith of Lost City, Jesse Daniel Barnes of Stigler, OK, and Kaili Rae Barnes also of Stigler, OK as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of students too numerous to mention.


  • Kristian Smith
  • Lane Smith
  • Jesse Daniel Barnes
  • Monty Robbins
  • Albert McMahan
  • Stevie Thompson
  • Her Former Students, Honorary


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020


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Brenda Steeber

July 15, 2020

Fonda, there are not enough words to describe what you mean to me. You and I know the special bond we've always had and will have. I love you Fonda...
-Your sister, Brenda

Kelli Chambers

July 13, 2020

I wanted to share this about an incredible person and phenomenal teacher, my Aunt Fonda Adkins Fisher.
I could never be prepared for this moment...you have always been there. My heart is hurting, but I can take peace knowing the reunion you had with Danna, must've been the most amazing sight!!!
A flood of memories keep playing in my mind, so many great times and laughs!
I can still clearly picture: Fonda, Bumpa, mom and dad, seated around the table playing cards. (Dad and Bumpa always had their work cut out to win a hand against mom and Fonda, they made a formidable team!) 🃏 So much laughter throughout the night.
😄 ♠️♥️♦️♣️ 😄
I remember those summer break, road trips riding in the van (the big, back-in-the-day, room to eat and sleep in van, lol). Always stopping to read history markers along the way. I do believe this is where I get my love for a good sandwich!
Whether road tripping to Sanibel Island, camping at parks, or playing in Vegas, or simply having a pool party at home, it was always a great adventure!!!
Holiday dinners...those were the best. Table full, desserts waiting in the sunroom. I always looked forward to Fonda's dinner rolls! They were the.best.ever. and she always made sure I had extra to take home. She knew I loved those rolls!
🍽 🍞🍴🍗🌽🥗 🍽 🍉🥧🍰🍴
So many memories...
Through teaching, you were a part of many lives, impacting generations of family. You were an amazing teacher who helped many, not just with academics, but life skills as well. You were always there for every student. You were a major influence on my teaching career choice. You made learning fun while still holding high expectations. So much of my teaching philosophy comes from you and I am thankful for that!
Fonda, you had the best sense of humor and such a quick wit, words cannot express how much you're missed. I've never not had you there, going to take a lot of adjustment.
Love you so much! ❤💕❤

Randy Hendrickson

July 13, 2020

My sincere condolences for the family. Mrs. Fisher was a wonderful teacher and I am grateful to have been one of her students.

Carolyn Allen

July 13, 2020

We are so very sorry to hear of Fonda's passing. She will be so greatly missed by all. She was such a good person. We all hold many treasured memories of our years with Fonda and Delmar Ray; each one of us hold different memories. Our prayers will be with each of you.

Carolyn Allen
- The Allen Girls

Donna Brown

July 13, 2020

Fonda and my Aunt Jimmie Fortner shared so many memories and lots of laughs. Sweet memories.


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