GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Thursday, August 14, 2003


Phoebe E. Fisher


CHINOOK -- Phoebe E. (Clough) Fisher, 94, a former schoolteacher and longtime Butte resident, died of natural causes Aug. 1 in Chinook.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of her life will be held 3 p.m. Sept. 2, which would have been her 95th birthday, at Sweet Memorial Nursing Home chapel. Private burial of ashes will be at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Butte at a later date. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Terry (Arthur J.) Tilleman of Zurich; grandchildren Brad (Viki) Tilleman of and Bonnie (Mark) Weber, all of Chinook, and Diana Cunningham of Clancy; and great-grandchildren Jostin and Grant Tilleman and Christopher and Hannah Weber, all of Chinook, and Courtney Bevis of Clancy.

She was born Sept. 2, 1908, in Butte, to Harry and Mary (Renick) Clough. Phoebe graduated from Butte High School and taught school near Columbus, Mont.

In 1929, she married Ben Fisher, a blacksmith for the Anaconda Copper Mining Co., and they made their home in Butte for 64 years.

After her husband's death, she moved to Zurich, Mont., to be with her only daughter, Terry Tilleman, and her family. She had been a resident of the Grand Villa in Chinook before moving to the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home.

Phoebe was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Butte and a member of Ruth Chapter No. 2, Order of Eastern Star.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, an avid reader, devoted homemaker and culinary artist extraordinaire.

Phoebe was preceded in death by her husband, Ben, in 1993; and by a brother, Frank Neill