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Katherine (Kathy) Ann Estes Fischer was born in Newport News, Virginia, on August 14, 1959. She passed away at her home in Savannah, Georgia, on March 21, 2023, after battling chronic illness for many years.
Born into an Army family, Kathy enjoyed living overseas, with a special fondness for the years her family spent in Karlsruhe, Germany. When her father retired from the military in 1974, they made Savannah their permanent home.
Kathy graduated from Windsor Forest High School in 1977. It was there she met her future beloved husband, Stan, and developed lifelong friendships with a close-knit group of girls who still stay in constant touch.
Kathy worked several clerical jobs in both Savannah and Atlanta. She was an office manager for Girl Friday in Atlanta. After returning to Savannah, Kathy was a valued executive assistant to the vice president of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Sister Kristen.
On August 31, 1989, Kathy and Stan were married and two years later welcomed their son into the world. In addition to raising Drew, Kathy attended Armstrong State College in Savannah, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology, graduating with a 4.0 GPA in her major in 1997. Afterwards, she enjoyed her time as a substitute teacher at Providence Christian School. Yet, Kathy’s work was always secondary to the home she made with her husband and son. Kathy loved being a mom and her creativity and unmatched sense of humor attributed to her being a fun-loving and devoted mother to her adored Drew. Her home always included four-legged friends, often strays. She also took in human strays, as Kathy was always willing to help those in trouble.
When it came to her artwork, Kathy was always humble, therefore many never knew what a gifted and expressive artist she was. It was often Stan who encouraged her to show guests her exceptionally beautiful and detailed drawings of animals. Kathy had a lifelong love of music and was an excellent cook and avid reader.
She was outgoing and effervescent, with an infectious laugh and the unparalleled ability to find the humor in literally everything. Kathy’s big personality made her presence felt in any room, and she often had everyone laughing with colorful stories about anything, even the most mundane event. Behind the humor, Kathy was a sensitive, compassionate soul who will also be remembered for her tenacity in facing life’s challenges, her self-sacrificing devotion to her aging parents, and her fierce loyalty to all she loved. She will be profoundly missed.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Billy George and Lillian Leathers Estes. She is survived by her husband Stan Fischer, her son Drew Fischer, her sister Lori Hagin (William) of Richmond Hill, her loving in-laws, and several nieces and nephews.
Kathy requested that no services be held.
Kathy was always a wonderful person to be around when we all got together. She will definitely be missed. Sending prayers and condolences to Stan and family.
- Van & Adrienne Jones, Savannah , GA
I'm so very sorry to hear of Kathy's passing Stan and Drew. We have been friends for a long time. She was such a special person to all of us. I can never remember Kathy without a beautiful smile on her face. She will be so very missed by everyone. Praying for you.
- LeAnn Preiss Hamman, Stephens City, VA
My condolences to the family.
- Teresa Gregory Hallstein , Savannah , Ga
My memories of Kathy are always of her laughter and her love for her special group of girlfriends, including my sister, Mary. Praying for Stan, Drew & the rest of her family during this time of sadness & loss. Remember that she is always with you in spirit until you are all reunited one day.
- Susan Templet Beblawi, Des Moines, Iowa
I’m so sad to hear of Kathy’s passing. We were next door neighbors on Deerfield Rd for many years before they moved to Germany. I was just one year older. We would walk to and from WFES and help each other fend off the boys, in particular Jim Rackley (my bf in 5th grade) and at the same time Thad Wheeler (he wanted to be her bf) we had so much fun together as best friends at that time. Riding bikes to and from the pool, playing hide & seek well after dark, learning to roller skate, spending the night at each others homes and learning all of the Jackson 5 songs snd do much more. Back then we were told to stay out after dark and boy fix we have fun doing so. It was a safer time then and we rambled all over Windsor Forest. When her family moved back she and her sister came straight over to my house as Lori was best friends with my sister Tina. It was great to reconnect and we got together when we could. Kathy easily made new friends at WFHS. I’ll never forget her sense of adventure and her zest for life. I’m sad but know she’d happy to be reunited with her parents. Rest in Peace my friend.
- Leslie Braswell Parrish, Pooler, GA
Prayers for Stan and the family.
- Greg Strode, Savannah, GA
Kathy was always happy and enjoying the people around her at school. Our condolences for your loss.
- Danny Ball, Coconut Creek , Fl
I am saddened to hear of Kathy's passing. My deepest condolences to the family and friends, especially the WFHS Class of 7T7.
- Tony Riley , Savannah , GA
Kathy was my younger sister but there wasn’t too much of an age difference for me. I took care of her when she was smaller than l and after college began she was taller than l. She didn’t mind. We were good friends. I got married and moved away for many years but l never stopped loving my sister. I will miss her until I hope I can see her again someday. Love to Stan and Drew, Lori
- Lori Estes (Hagin), Richmond Hill, GA
Our group of girls will never be the same without Kathy. I loved her laugh and the joy with which she viewed life. Her soul is precious and blessed all who knew her as she worked to make each person feel special. Her kindness knew no limits. My heart hurts for Stan, Drew, and Lori as for all of us who loved her. One day, we will all be together again. Kathy’s light and love will never dim for me. God bless the family and know you are being lifted up to God for His comfort, peace, and joy one day in the sweet love you shared together. Love to all of you
- Penny Price-Matthews, Pooler, Georgia
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- No Funeral Service