Mary Harrington Fischer

Born in Sioux Falls, SD on June 10, 1948

Departed on July 1, 2010 and resided in Nashville, TN

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FISCHER, Mary Harrington, 62, died as she lived: with courage, humor, and grace in the company of family and friends. Oh yes, and her sweet dog, Baxter. She was born in Sioux Falls, SD, and attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Since 1970 she has lived in Nashville. Mary was an award-winning sales rep with Glaxo Smith Kline and other pharmaceutical companies. She was vice president of sales and marketing for Girl Scouts of Cumberland Valley of Middle Tennessee. She mentored brownies and scouts, and taught them valuable sales skills. As a proud member of AA, she guided struggling alcoholics along the hard road to sobriety. Their testimonials praise her tenacity, insight, and caring. Besides being funny and smart, Mary was generous and kind. To know her was to love her. Lifelong, she maintained a deep, mutually supportive relationship with her brother, Dick Harrington, her sister, Diane Barnett, and their families. Her son, Chris Green, and her husband, George Fischer, were the pinnacle loves of her life. She is survived by those already named plus Chris's wife, Becky Green, Bob Barnett, Nicole and Justin Barnett, Daniel Barnett, Richard and Erik Harrington, and a host of other family and friends. Mary appreciated beauty in flowers and paintings, and she enjoyed traveling to China, Sweden, England, the Caribbean, Hawaii and other places. For many years she bravely fought Hepatitis C and then liver cancer, which ultimately took her life. She would appreciate anything we can do to advance medical understanding of these diseases. A celebration of Mary's life will be held Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 3 pm at West Harpeth Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Greenview Foundation at Visitation will be Tuesday, 1pm- 3 pm at WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME 6962 Charlotte Pk 615 352-9400

9 Comments to Mary Harrington Fischer

  1. Charlotte Stewart
    July 1, 2010 12:00 am

    Mary only came to our support group twice but stayed in contact with me up until several weeks ago. I am saddened to hear of her passing and I send my heartfelt sympathy to the family — as do all those in our group who met her. When I first spoke with Mary on the phone and then met her at our group meeting, she was very anxious over her diagnosis of cirrhosis. As time went on she became more positive and was more at peace — even with the diagnosis of the liver cancer. She e-mailed and we talked on the phone even after her first chemotherapy and for a few weeks after that. In fact, she had asked me for a cake recipe she had that I had baked for the last meeting she attended and I told her I’d give her the recipe but I would bake the cake for her. She was thrilled. I baked the cake and my husband took it to her and both she and her husband were so grateful and thankful. I got a wonderfully sweet e-mail from her telling me how nice it was of me to do that. I only wish I could have done more.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers now and in the weeks to come. May God comfort you and strengthen you.

    Charlotte Stewart

  2. Hugh Bennett
    July 2, 2010 12:00 am

    Thank You for your wonderful spirit and glorious attitude of helping others over the years. Your love of others will live through all of us tht knew you.

  3. Catherine Cothren
    July 5, 2010 12:00 am

    Mary was a great friend and as a mentor through Scouts she was unparalleled, both of my daughters went through her program for teen girls and gained valuable skills that will serve them through-out their lives. She will be missed by our entire family.

  4. Julie Thweatt Dannheim
    July 7, 2010 12:00 am

    I knew Mary about 15 years ago when I lived in Nashville. I was struggling to get sober and had no family around. Mary graciously invited me and my kids into her life and home. She made sure that I had a place to go on Christmas so I wouldn’t be alone. She was an incredible woman and the impact she made in my life is immeasurable. My prayers are with her family and friends.

  5. Jeanne Billings
    July 7, 2010 12:00 am

    I worked with and for Mary at different times with in Girl Scouts. The thing that stays in my mind the most is when we were having a Christmas Dinner for our department and Mary opened her house to us. We talked, laughed and let the time go by. I am sorry to hear of her passing, she will be missed.

  6. George Fischer
    July 17, 2010 12:00 am

    Mary was the love of my life. We shared so many wonderful times together.
    She used to tell me that noboby could make her laugh as much as I did. She also had an amazing sense of humor and as a result, we experienced an amazing sense of joy and serenity.

    Mary and I were in love from our first date until our last day together on this earth. She was a caring and giving person who often put the needs of others before her own. She helped so many women navigate the difficult road to sobriety and was a respected steward of AA. She will be missed by so many, and she will remain the love of my life until the day I die.

    George Fischer

  7. Laurie Parrish
    July 20, 2010 12:00 am

    Mary was a wonderful, warm, funny, and generous person. She has left an indelible mark on those she has touched through out her life and I am greatly saddened to her of her passing. My heart is also broken for her family – they also, are a group of extremely warm and loving people that I know will miss her greatly. The world will be lonelier without her in it! My wish is that she had complete peace at the end.

  8. Betty Warner
    October 11, 2010 12:00 am

    Mary and I were friends for 31 years. During my life I didn’t have a sister but I guess Mary was as close to a sister as I could have ever had. We shared some wonderful and amazing experiences during our lifetime – laughed together, cried together, plotted together :- And… did lots of things together that should never be spoken of…. hahaha And, in all of that, no problem was too big to conquer despite her always immediate knee-jerk reaction to panic and exaggerate :- and nothing too small to ignore if it meant causing hurt to anyone else or denying joy. It still doesn’t seem right that she’s not here to laugh with us and cry with us and I can’t say how many times I’ve started to email or call her but at least I know she’s watching over me and still laughing with me at the goofball things I do. The most inspiring thing to me was how much she loved Christopher and, despite many hardships, raised him to be an amazing man. If my son grows up to be half that, I will be so incredibly proud. I miss you, Mary, more than anyone will know and I thank you for all of your love and inspiration. I cannot imagine what my life would have been without you! Oh, and P.S….. Be careful, and don’t forget that I’M the pretty one… hahaha -guess we’ll never settle that argument! Love You!

  9. Dawn
    December 6, 2012 12:00 am

    I came across this the very morning I had a dream about Mary. It was so clear and so moving…she told me she was reunited with the love of her life, Art and they were happy. It was so real it moved me to share…I always knew Mary loved him and I always knew she would see him again. Two weeks before she died she asked me about him. He was on her mind…I suppose maybe she knew she was going to him. They are together now and it warms me to know this.