Virginia Mae Fisher (1932-2014)

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Virginia Mae Fisher Smith Brown
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Born: 11 Dec 1932 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Died: 19 Jun 2014, Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Russell Edward Fisher
Mother: Inez Marie Heinz
Siblings: Virginia Mae Fisher
Colleen Joyce Fisher
Carol June Wenzell
Spouse: Herschel Eldridge Smith
Married: 14 May 1949 Detroit, Michigan
Children: Dennis Edward Smith
Christina Smith
Spouse: Arville Jesse Brown
Married: 24 Jan 1959 Detroit, Michigan
Children: Anthony Francis Brown
Elizabeth Anne Brown
Jessica Brown
John Brown
Lloyd Brown
Mary Margaret Brown
Michael Joseph Brown
Russell V. Brown
Steven W. Brown


Stone Funeral Home, June 2014:

In Memoriam of Virginia Mae Brown
December 11, 1932 - June 19, 2014

Virginia Mae Brown 81 of Harbor Springs passed away June 19, 2014 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital. Virginia was born Dec. 11, 1932 in Harbor Springs to Russell and Inez (Wenzel) Fisher. She grew up in Harbor Springs where she attended school. On Jan. 24, 1959 she married Arville Jesse Brown in Detroit where they made their home. Following his retirement from GM the couple moved to Harbor Springs in 1985. He passed away in 2011. Virginia had worked at various jobs in the area but primarily raised her family. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and latch hook. She was a member of Holy Childhood Church.

Virginia is survived by her children Mary Margaret Galloway (Gary) of CO., Michael J. Brown (Jennifer) of Boyne Falls, Jessica Arnold of Harbor Springs, Steven W. Brown of Madison Heights, Anthony F. Brown of Petoskey, Lloyd Brown (Mary) of Bay Shore, Elizabeth Metz of Petoskey, Russell V. Brown (Christina) of Arizona, John Brown of Redford, 21 grandchildren , many great grandchildren and sisters Carol Conley of Harbor Springs and Colleen Lawson of Redford. Virginia was preceded in death by her son Dennis and daughter Christina.

The family wishes to thank the staff of McLaren Hospital ICU and Hospice for their wonderful care.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Mon. June 23rd at 11:00 AM at Holy Childhood Catholic Church. Rev. Joseph Graff will be the celebrant. Friends may arrive at the church beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will take place in Holy Childhood Cemetery.

Arrangements were made through Schiller Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


  • Marriage: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952, database,
Name: Hershel Eldridge Smith
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 18
Birth Year: abt 1931
Birth Place: Pocahontus, Virginia
Residence Place: Detroit, Michigan
Father: Clarence Dennis Smith
Mother: Rosales Frost
Spouse: Virginia Mae Fisher
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 16
Birth Year: abt 1933
Birth Place: Harbor Springs, Michigan
Residence Place: Detroit, Michigan
Father: Russell Edward Fisher
Mother: Inez Marie Heinz
Marriage Date: 14 May 1949
Marriage Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
License County: Wayne
County File Number: 757701
State File Number: 435057
Film: 363
Film Title: 82 Wayne 433400-436729
Film Description: Wayne (Dates TBD)
  • Burial: U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, database,
Name: Virginia Mae Brown
Maiden Name: Fisher
Birth Date: 11 Dec 1932
Birth Place: Harbor Springs, Emmet County, Michigan, United States of America
Death Date: 19 Jun 2014
Death Place: Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan, United States of America
Cemetery: Holy Childhood of Jesus Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Harbor Springs, Emmet County, Michigan, United States of America
Has Bio?: Y
Mother: Inez Marie Wenzel
Spouse: Arville Jesse Brown