Mary Louise (Fisher) Kaping
In Loving Memory
October 27, 1923 - April 23, 2016
Mary was comforted with love and care as she passed away at home in Talent, Ore. after a long battle with cancer (CLL). She led a vibrant and energetic life. She and her brother Joe, were born in Albany, N.Y. to Clarence Joseph and Mildred Vanderbilt Fisher.
Independent, she started working while still in high school. On April 5, 1952 she married the love of her life, Edward Walter Kaping. They settled in Santa Cruz, Calif., raising their four children. They attended Star of the Sea Church. Ed worked in roofing with his brother, Bill and later bought “Dan Murphy Roofing” (Dad got called “Dan” a lot then and we did get used to it!) Mom worked hard and ran a well-organized household. There were lots of picnics, barbecues, and camping trips. She was there for us when we needed her, stood up for what she believed in, and resented oppression. She was a dedicated friend and second mother to many. She was not a shrinking violet. She took classes at Cabrillo College, obtaining her LVN/LPN nursing license in 1967. She worked as a nurse at Community Hospital, cared for her family, for her aging mother, and finally, her ailing husband.
In 1981 Mary and Ed contracted traveling fever. They sold their house and bought a fifth wheel, traveling around the country (and parts of Canada and Mexico) more than 10 times, touring, visiting, and lending a hand to family and friends while making many new friends. Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” was played on-board to launch their new adventures. In 1988 Ed and Mary took their dream road trip, spending six months touring all around the Australian continent in a Toyota camper van. They adored the country, scenery, wildlife, and especially the people.
Mom kept a detailed journal and gave us copies. Reading it is like taking a trip with them. She was a writer, an artist, a designer, and an excellent cook. She made clothing and invented wonders on her sewing machine, painted watercolors, worked many stitch-crafts, and could kick your butt at pinochle.
Mary is survived by her Aunt, Marguerite Vanderbilt Mason; cousin, Linda Moats; brother, Joe Fisher and family; children, Tim (Sue), Mike (Nina), Valerie Dean, and Nancy Stokes (Joe); two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; goddaughter Elaine Bryson (Mel); and countless friends near and far.
Our regards to her neighbors, caregivers, and the women’s pinochle club. Our deepest appreciation to Cheryl, Jim, and all you wonderful people who supported her passing. We’d fill many pages naming you all. Thank you for sharing Mom’s life with us.
Until we meet again, farewell. Ed and Mary are “On the Road Again.”
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