On Aug. 14, 2022, our world was shattered by the passing of Leslie Karen Fisher (née Colt) while on vacation in Spearfish, South Dakota. Leslie’s unexpected death ambushed the hearts of those who loved her. She was the cornerstone of not only her immediate family but also the Fisher family at large. Leslie was a force – a firecracker – who will be greatly missed.
Born Leslie Karen Colt to parents Kenneth and Joan Colt in 1954, she grew up in Marysville, California. After graduating from Marysville High School, she met Mark Fisher, of Colusa, while attending college. Leslie and Mark married in July 1975. Leslie always said that they grew up together and became best friends and soulmates during their nearly five decades of marriage.
Leslie and Mark had three sons, raising them in Sacramento and later Redding. While a full-time mom, Leslie also worked as school secretary at St. Joseph School in Redding as well as an accountant for the State of California for over 30 years. Always disappointed that she never completed college, Leslie returned to school in her late forties to earn her bachelor’s degree. In addition to full-time work and motherhood, Leslie also volunteered at her church and the local library. Leslie and Mark moved to Boise, Idaho, in 2019.
While they traveled throughout their marriage, with and without kids, their wanderings became more frequent, and they were always either planning or enjoying a trip. Over the years, their travels took them to nearly all fifty states and around the world.
Our Leslie was the unofficial organizer for the Fisher family. She welcomed the opportunity to skillfully organize any family occasion, whether a reunion, wedding, funeral or estate disposition. A natural leader, Leslie excelled at delegating tasks, and we all – sometimes not without a few grumbles – had our assigned tasks to do. Grumbling aside, we all appreciated that she volunteered for these sometimes overwhelming projects.
Quick with a smile and a laugh, Leslie had a goofy sense of humor. How many photos we all have capturing Leslie’s endearing silliness! The whole family could count on Leslie to add life to any get-together with her enthusiasm and spunk. Friendly and outgoing, she also shared her joie de vivre with the many others who passed through her day, with a kind comment or witty observation. To Leslie, no one was ever a stranger.
Leslie cherished her family and felt great pride in her sons. She and Mark, so close they finished each other’s sentences, were wonderful role models for what an extraordinary marriage looks like. They loved nothing more than to pull together their sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren for a short stay in an exotic location. Leslie’s greatest hope was for her children to become best friends as adults; Leslie and Mark succeeded in that goal. Leslie was the big sister that her brother and sister needed. She was the doting daughter-in-law to Margaret when she needed it most.
Leslie’s empathetic nature guided her sense of justice and love for one another. Leslie embodied the golden rule. A deeply sensitive soul, Leslie unreservedly cared for the underdog not only in the world around her but also in her family. Her sense of fairness, justice, and love was the lodestar of her life. She was the first to acknowledge, accept, and welcome the other into the fold.
We mourn the passing of our Leslie. While no longer with us, Leslie’s strong Catholic faith assures us that we will one day be reunited in God’s kingdom.
Leslie was predeceased by her parents. She leaves behind her treasured husband Mark, sons Andrew, Garren, and Joseph, along with daughters-in-law Ashley (Andrew) and Nuala (Garren), plus beloved grandbabies Maggie and Niko. Leslie also leaves behind siblings Kimberly Paul and David Colt.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Colusa, CA, and a rosary vigil will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, Sept. 2, at McNary-Moore funeral home in Colusa, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the Fisher Family requests that donations in her name be sent to Friends of the Library in your local community, St. Joseph School in Redding, CA, or Our Lady of Lourdes School in Colusa, CA.■
PUBLISHED 09/01/2022 • COLUSA COUNTY PIONEER REVIEW #2022-0837