Saturday, July 12, 2014 following memorial service at the Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home (Section 62 Lot 15 Grave 2B)
(Nancy) Sue Himelick Fisher, 74, of Wakefield, RI passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center in Providence, after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was the wife of the late John J. Fisher of Kingston, RI.
Born in Fairmont, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late John and Evelyn (Shaid) Himelick, and the sister of the late Ann Himelick Cole. She is survived by her companion, Anthony “Tony” Ballenger.
Sue attended Gaucher College before graduating from the University of North Carolina, and completed her master’s degree in education from the University of Rhode Island. She taught mathematics at South Kingstown High School for 28 years, loved and respected by many of those she taught and tutored. She shared in advising SKHS math teams, winning many Division and State championships in the RI Mathematics League, as well as the New England Association of Mathematics Leagues competition in 1980. She spent several summers in Arizona and New Mexico, under a grant from the National Science Foundation. Her excellence in mathematics teaching achieved national recognition in 1984 as the Rhode Island recipient of the Presidential Award in Mathematics Teaching. Following her retirement, Sue continued her tutoring activities and also served as an instructor on the faculty of the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI.
Sue was a member of the Moonlight Weavers Guild and also served a term as treasurer of the Shadow Farms Homeowners Association. She thoroughly enjoyed the theater, and was a longtime supporter of the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence. She traveled extensively, often visiting London for its renowned theater offerings. In addition to a voluminous library of wide-ranging topics and her family history, her interests included coastal geology and geomorphology, New England Antiquities, preservation of archaeological sites and Southwest Native American culture. She was an avid fan of musicians Peter Noone and Paul McCartney, attending several of their concerts in the United States and Europe. She exhibited a special affection for her cats. Her friends and family fondly remember her for her sharp intellect, compassion, optimism, eagerness to help others and her enthusiasm and love of storytelling.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 12, at the Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Spring Green, Warwick. Burial will follow in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery, North Kingstown. Memorial donations can be made to Resilient Kids, 249 Manton Ave., Providence, RI 02909