Margaret Fisher Bishop, of San Marcos, Texas, died suddenly on Friday, May 28, 2010. She was 89 years of age.
Margaret, also known as Margo or Maime to her friends and family, was born in Butler, PA to John C. and Irene Negley Fisher, the fifth of five children. In 1928 she moved with her family to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where they established a small working farm. Although the farm was destroyed by the great hurricane of '33, the family recovered and continued to farm in the area until her father's death in 1937. Margo graduated from Harlingen High School in 1937 at 16, and from the University of Texas in 1941 with a double major in Pre-med and Health Education. Her dream was to become a doctor, but admissions to medical schools were extremely limited for women. As an alternative, she moved to Brownsville, Texas, to teach school.
While living in Brownsville, she met and married Sherwood Bishop. After the outbreak of WWII, the couple moved to New England where she bore three children, Sheran, Sherwood, and Janice Paige. In 1949 the family moved to Houston, TX, where Margo resumed her career as an educator, eventually becoming a high school counselor and Vice Principal. In Houston she was a charter member of the Houston Chapter of the National Organization for Women and was active in many professional and social organizations.
Margo retired from the Houston School District in 1981 and established a home on her brother Felix Fisher's ranch in Hunt, Texas. She was a volunteer for a decade with the Sid Peterson Hospital Auxiliary and the Kerr County Extension Office, until moving to San Marcos in 1996 to be near her children. She was a graduate of the first Hays County Master Naturalists class and an enthusiastic member and supporter of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance. In recent years, she was not able to attend many meetings, but her support of environmental, civil liberties, and political causes persisted.
Margo had an insatiable curiosity, and an irrepressible desire to know about almost every subject. She was particularly known for her love of animals and delightful sense of humor. She wrote "I've found dark humor in the tension between the insanity of the world and the demands of reality and reason. One can only laugh. So, keep on laughing."
Margo was preceded in death by her husband, her three sisters, Jane Corris, Kathryn Gossett, and Barbara Grimm, and her brother Felix Fisher. She is survived by her three children, Sheran Seif, Sherwood Bishop, and Janice Paige Bishop and her grandson, Dylan Hiroms. She also leaves her nieces Irene Womack and husband Bill, Felicia Dobbs and husband Charlie, all of Kerrville, and nephew John Fisher and wife Rita of Hunt and Byron Gossett and wife Patricia and Bruce Gossett and wife Linda, all of Dumas, as well as many grand nieces and nephews and their families.
Obituary and guestbook online at www.thomasonfuneralhome.com. A celebration of her life will be held June 26th in San Marcos. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, c/o the Margaret Fisher Bishop Memorial Fund, (http://smgreenbelt.org/ ) or to the charity of their choice.