Mary Emma Fischli Fix was born June 21, 1919 in Valentine, Nebraska. The second daughter of Richard Julius Fischli and Mary Elizabeth Kinter Fischli, she passed away from this life on April 6, 2019 at the age of 99 at the Solomon Valley Manor in Stockton, Kansas.
Mary was born on her Father’s homestead two miles East and three miles north of Valentine, Nebraska. In March 1922, when she was two and a half years old, Mary’s parents returned to the area where they had grown up, to a farm Northwest of Speed, Kansas. Mary’s parents built the farmstead structures starting with the barn, in which they lived while the house and other farm structures were being built. Mary started school when she was 5. She attended a one room schoolhouse called Wolf Creek in Belmont Township located Southwest of the farmstead. After grade school, she attended and graduated from Speed High School.
Mary was united in marriage to Floyd Dean Fix on June 21, 1938 in the probate judge’s office in Phillipsburg, Kansas.
On May 10, 1939, the following year, the couple welcomed a son, William Leroy. Needing to support a family, Floyd learned telegraphy, became a telegraph operator and went to work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, taking the young family to live in Mt. Clair, Nebraska. Floyd continued “to bid” on stations in order to move to better locations which took the family to Speed, Edmund and Woodston, Kansas. Mary was a homemaker until the railroad drafted her to run the depot so they could send Floyd to other locations as needed during World War 2.
On July 5, 1948, the family welcomed a daughter, Mary Ann, into the world and in 1950 made their last move to Stockton, Kansas. Mary continued to work with Floyd for the railroad until 1955 when Mary took a job as a clerk in the Rooks County Clerk’s Office and later became deputy clerk before being elected to County Clerk; she worked for 26 years before retiring in 1981
She enjoyed reading, needlework, crocheting and knitting until macular degeneration took her eyesight and even then, remained independent in her own home until 2016, when she went to the Solomon Valley Manor, where she continued to voraciously “read” her audiobooks. She was a member of the Stockton United Methodist Church and served as a Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her loving and faithful husband Floyd, her treasured daughter Mary Ann McLaughlin, her beloved father, mother and her two sisters Beatrice Kloepper and Lucille Loyd.
Left to cherish her memory is her brother Richard Fischli of Logan, KS; son William Fix and wife Louise of Orange, CA; son-in-law, Donald McLaughlin and wife Linda of Stockton, KS; grandchildren, Vickie and Walter Turkowski of San Antonia, TX, Mary and Steven Cardinal of La Quinta, CA, Diana and Gail Strutt of Stockton, KS, Laurie and Brian Fritz of Topeka, KS, and Dawn and Jerry Gerstenkorn of Arlington, TX, and twelve great-grandchildren.
She leaves many other relatives and friends who will miss her sharp wit, intelligent conversation, generous spirit, peaceful wisdom, fierce devotion, and unending love.
Funeral Services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Stockton with burial following in Stockton City Cemetery. Open visitation will be on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church in Stockton or Solomon Valley Manor and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N. 1st, Stockton, Kansas 67669.