July 14, 2013

Betty Caroline Fisher Medbourn


---- — CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Betty Caroline Fisher Medbourn, 95, was born June 11, 1918, in Morehouse, Mo., and died peacefully at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Mrs. Medbourn graduated from Christian College, Columbia, Mo., with a degree in art, and moved to Culver, Ind., where she was mentored by Jean Williams. She continued painting and sculpting throughout her life. She was active in Morehouse and Sikeston duplicate bridge groups, in Culver Methodist Church, WSCS, was a life member and a past president of the Tri Kappa sorority.

Mrs. Medbourn was preceded in death by three siblings, Jane Fisher Reed Hendon, Helen Fisher Childs and Roger Powell Fisher, and her parents, Dwight Louis Fisher and Grace Helen Powell Fisher, both of Logansport, and later of Morehouse, Mo. The Fisher family originally came from England in the 1700′s and owned and operated the Himmelberger-Harrison Lumber Company in Morehouse for many years. Mrs. Medbourn was the last of her generation in the Himmelberger/Powell/Fisher family.

She was the matriarch of our family and was a moving and loving spirit who loved all of us. We will miss her terribly. Forever.

Mrs. Medbourn was also preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Marion Medbourn Sr. of Culver, and by her granddaughter, Stacey Caroline Mott of Bowling Green, Ohio. She is survived by three children, Sally Anne Medbourn Mott of Bowling Green, Ohio, Susan Elizabeth Medbourn McDonough of Poplar Bluff; and Samuel Marion Medbourn Jr. of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; four grandchildren, Eric Charles Mott of Lancaster, Ohio, Samuel Matthew Bernard Medbourn of Glen Ellyn, Elizabeth Ann Medbourn O’Brien and Gerard Joseph McDonough III, both of Chicago. She has three great-grandchilren, Peyton Stacey Mott and Austin Tanner Mott of Lancaster, Ohio, and Niara Grace O’Brien of Chicago.

Visitation and services were July 5 at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home, Poplar Bluff, with the Rev. Calvin Buhler of New Home Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be held in the Masonic Cemetery, Culver.

Memorial donations may be made to Paralyzed American Veterans, 801 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C., 20006-3517, or online at