Ruth Ann Fischer, 77, of Rochester and once of Preston, died suddenly at home on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

She was born to Howard and Lavina Miller in Preston on April 9, 1937.

She moved to Rochester after graduating from Preston High School and worked for AT&T until she met and married Bill Fischer on April 8, 1961.

She worked at JC Penney for 20 years until retiring in 2007. She enjoyed spending time outside, bird watching, gardening, boating on the river and an annual beach vacation to Mexico.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; their three children, Ann (Dan) French, Beth Fischer and David (Jade) Fischer; their three grandchildren, Jennifer French, Nicolet (Drew) Hedrick and Charles French; two great-grandchildren, Hallie French and Riley Hedrick and by two sisters and a brother.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

A memorial Mass was held on Tuesday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester with the Rev. Mark C. McNea officiating. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.

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