Keith & Keith Funeral Home

902 West Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA


Sharon Dolores Fisher

October 7, 1939March 13, 2020

Sharon D. Fisher passed away peacefully at her home in Yakima, Washington, on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the age of 80. Sharon was born in Portland, Oregon, on October 7, 1939, to Dolores A. (Redecker) and Richard Hoyt Hays.

Sharon was a pioneer in many ways. She attended Cleveland High School in Portland, where she was very involved in sports and accomplished in academics. She loved baseball and football. Later in college, she wrote a sports column for a Portland newspaper. From 1957–1959, Sharon attended Oregon State University, where she majored in wildlife biology – one of the earliest women there to major in the environmental sciences.

Sharon moved to Yakima in 1976 with her four children and first husband, R.W. “Bill” Fisher. She was proud of the years she spent traveling abroad, where all her children were born. She worked as a transcriptionist for translators before settling in Yakima, where she managed a bowling alley for 12 years and was a youth bowling coach before becoming administrative secretary for Highland School District in Cowiche. She retired in 2011. She enjoyed camping, bowling, gardening, HAM radio, knitting and stormy afternoons on the beach. But mostly she enjoyed volunteering wherever she was needed.

Sharon met her life partner Darrell Monroe in 1981, and together they dedicated their lives to service. She volunteered with many organizations before and after retirement, including Yakima County Search and Rescue, Master Gardeners, Harmon Senior Center and more. She trained as an EMT, taught classes, wrote columns and newsletters, and loved sharing all that she learned. She lived what she believed: be helpful, never stop learning and surround yourself with good people.

Sharon is survived by her life partner, Darrell Monroe; her children Scott Fisher of Tigard, Ore.; Corey Fisher of Halsey, Ore.; and Naomi Fisher of Goldendale, Wash.; as well as eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Ric Hays, her first husband Bill Fisher, and son Lance Fisher.

The family would like to thank all those who participated with Sharon in celebrating her 80th birthday.

A private graveside service for immediate family will take place at the end of March. Because Sharon would be very concerned about the health of family and friends due to the current pandemic, we ask that well-wishers wait until the Celebration of Life for Sharon, which will be held later in the spring or summer, time and place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations of time or money be made to the organizations that Sharon herself supported: Yakima County Master Gardeners, Yakima County Search and Rescue, or Memorial Hospital Foundation for North Star Lodge cancer care.

Memories and condolences can be added to Sharon’s page on the Keith & Keith Funeral Home website, www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/yakima-wa/sharon-fisher-9088531.


  • donations of time or money be made to the organizations that Sharon herself supported: Yakima County Master Gardeners, Yakima County Search and Rescue, or Memorial Hospital Foundation for North Star Lodge cancer care.


  • Celebration of Life for Sharon will be held later in the spring or summer.


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Richard Murphy

March 27, 2020

Mrs. Fisher as I called her until I was way into adulthood, was always so welcoming of me and all of our friends, Evan when at times she probably shouldn't have been lol. She was very warm and happy, she will be missed. Thank you Sharon for all the memories you allowed me and all of us to have.

Mary Lou Shean

March 25, 2020

I think one of the things that made Sharon stand out was her incredible knowledge. She knew so much about Search and Rescue and it is apparent that she also knew much about gardening and plants. She was a very intelligent lady who loved to learn, but the neatest thing about her was that she found niches where she could give back with her intelligence and knowledge. She did a lot of good for our world and it is a much better place because of her life. I already miss her greatly and am glad that she set an example that I can strive to follow.
Mary Lou Shean

Rosie and Mary Steele

March 22, 2020

Sharon will be missed, She was one of the most generous people we have known. She was willing to share her knowledge with all of us. Her gracious style of sharing ideas and knowledge put us at ease. Her broad knowledge of plants amazed us. Show her a picture and she could give us hints that helped our brown thumbs keep the poor plant alive.
As a computer room volunteer she was impressive. Sharon was the go to Apple expert. Her calm teaching style reached and helped a lot of seniors.
We will miss her happy smile and fun outlook on life.


March 22, 2020

Sharon was such a good woman during the years I knew her at the Harman Center. She was always kind, grateful and full of interesting information when I would ask her my gardening questions. I saw her frequently when she and her husband would come for the lunch program. She sometimes stopped to pick up another jigsaw puzzle where I was working in the library.

I will miss her. My kindest words of condolence to Darrell and family. I am sure the master gardeners will really miss her attendance at the May plant sale.

Irene Pearcey

March 22, 2020

When I joined Master Gardeners, Sharon was always there to share her time and a warm and welcoming smile. That warm welcoming smile will always be my fondest memory of her.

Jim and Roberta Hall

March 21, 2020

Our sincere sympathies to Sharon's family. She made a difference in our community. Many happy memories! Jim and Roberta Hall

Rex Reed

March 21, 2020

Sharon was a great lady. Always interested and concerned about my family. Super positive person who always brought out the best in folks around her. Had a chance to volunteer with her in some pretty stressful situations with Search and Rescue and never observed her loss her cool. Great mentor to many of us. We will miss you greatly Sharon. Gods speed and rest in peace.

Naomi Fisher

March 19, 2020

For Mom:

A lifetime of memories cannot capture all of who and what you are. "Are", because you live on in our hearts, in our skin, in our lives, our habits and loves. The impact of your love on your family and all the people you encountered cannot be measured. Your time on this earth made the world a better place. You will always be loved.

Dave & Ruth Monroe

March 18, 2020

Sharon was such a vital part of our family. We will miss her beautiful smile and positive attitude. She encouraged us so much as we faced some difficult times. Sharon cared for our community and she was involved in many organizations such as Search and Rescue, Master Gardeners, The Harman Center, and many more. She volunteered many hours. She attended many classes and always seemed to soak in knowledge from them. We will really miss her. We know somewhere Sharon's life received the words, "Well done good and faithful servant."