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Vandi Ellett Fisher

Vandi Kaye Ellett Fisher

Vancouver, Wa.

September 18, 1959 - February 1, 2015

Vandi Kaye Ellett Fisher, who was born in The Dalles Oregon on September 18, 1959 died accidentally on February 1, 2015, in Washington. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Michael M. Fisher and their daughter, Rachel Lee Fisher, a student at Boise State University in Idaho. Locally she is survived by her sister, Vickie Ellett and Tyrell Edling, two brothers Vance E. Ellett and Linda Olson Ellett, Victor J. Ellett and their families and her mother Loretta Stout Ellett. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in the extended Ellett-Stout families, and her many friends which include Patricial Hainline Villalonga; Vancouver WA, and Pat Weidnaar of Brush Prairie, WA. Vandi Fisher is also survived by members of the Michael Fisher family which includes his brother Thom Fisher, his sister Susan Fisher Clarke, and his step-father Harry Alsentzer and their families.
Vandi was preceded in death by her beloved son Tyler James Fisher on May 15, 2014 and her father James M. Ellett and her mother-in-law Lee Alsentzer, both in 2002.
Vandi Ellett Fisher graduated from Wahtonka High School and Chaminaud University in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she met Michael Fisher, a University of Hawaii student. She later completed an international degree in eye care and worked at the OHSU Casey Eye Clinic for over 25 years. In her high school and college years Vandi worked in many western states with her family on power line access road construction job sites. She was a fearless downhill skier and a certified NAUI scuba diver making many trips to Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. She also studied in Spain, and traveled to Africa, Europe, Canada, and Chile and Brazil in South America. As her children were growing Vandi took beautiful pictures, maintained a gorgeous yard and garden, she loved to cook, shop and decorate. She liked walking with friends and relaxing in the sun, especially in Maui. She loved the water but not to swim.
She attracted friends like a magnet her entire life. No one ever left her without a gift – a book, a flower, a plant something to eat or drink or some other small token of her love. She was totally generous with her time and she never passed by an animal or human without giving them a helping hand.
Vandi Ellett Fisher has left her entire family and her many wonderful supportive friends devastated with broken hearts.
A private memorial service will be announced later.

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Tinas 3 years, 10 months ago

So very sorry for your loss. I was Vandi's roommate at Southern Oregon for 2 years, before we both left to finish our degrees else where. I have very fond memories of that time. I enjoyed visiting her in The Dalles and snowmobiling and water skiing, We attended her and Mike's wedding and I always remember the red flowers from Hawaii. They visited my husband our children once in St. Paul, but I am sad to say we lost touch over the years. I pray you can all find the strength and peace you need to get through this terrible tragedy.

Sincerely, TIna (Susee) Schneider

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quinn798 3 years, 10 months ago

The loss of Vandi and her son Tyler in a 9 month period is overwhelming. They were both lovely souls and are missed every day.

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BethDuPree 3 years, 9 months ago

Michael, Rachel and Vandi's entire extended family, My name is Beth DuPree ( Baughman). I spent my sophomore year in Hawaii and was Vandi, Anne and Julie's upstairs neighbor. I had reached out to Vandi after Tyler's passing to let her know I was sending her love. We never got to talk and I understand that as Vandi was one of five dear girlfriends that had to bury a child last year and each parent needs to grieve in their own way.

I wanted to let you all know that although I have not seen Vandi in almost 35 years she has always and will always hold a special place in my heart. Although we only spent 10 months together in Hawaii, I have so many amazing memories with her sailing, sunbathing, beaching it and eating more air popped popcorn, and cabbage slaw than should be recommended on any diet. Her smile and spirit were infectious and I will cherish those memories. Please know that all of you are in my heart and my thoughts any prayers are with you. There are no words that I can say to bring peace to your hearts for if there were I would repeat them endlessly to you to bring you peace. Sending all of you much love, light and healing Beth

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BethDuPree 3 years, 9 months ago

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http://eaglenewspapers.media.clients....">Carrie, Vandi, Anne Julie and Beth April 1981 by BethDuPree

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PaulineFaye 3 years, 9 months ago

I also was one of Vandi's roommates in Honolulu! WE had such a great time in college together and have stayed in touch all of these years! She was an amazing cook and I also only thought that she ate dried popcorn and cabbage salad! When I would come to visit her and Mike in Vacouver she would put out such an amazing spread of food! probably because it was all the things she knew i loved to eat! Lucky for me Tyler come to School in Southern California and we got to spend extra time together! My last memory was walking the beach in Maui and soaking up the sun in December! how lucky that we got to do the things she loves most! We send heartfelt hugs to Mike, Rachel, Mrs. Ellet, Vicki and the rest of the Ellet and Fisher families

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TomWright 3 years, 3 months ago

I am another college friend of Vandi's from Southern Oregon. I haven't seen her for 35 years, and was very sad to hear about her passing. I have some good memories of Ashland and visiting her in The Dalles, and I am glad to hear she was surrounded by great family and friends.

My prayers to her family.

Tom Wright (Lake Oswego)

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