January 18, 1921 - July 23, 2015
"Come, come unto me; I will make you a jewel. Precious and rare the glory you'll bear in the crown of God." ~Bob Hurd
The morning of July 23, 2015 Sister Gemma Fisher (Sister Arthur Mary) was called home by the God whom she had so faithfully followed as a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 72 years. Sister Gemma was born in Oakland, California in 1921. Sister Gemma's presence to and genuine concern for each person was a hallmark of her lifetime of ministries. She was in elementary education as teacher and principal at Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Francis de Sales (Oakland), Saint Mary (Los Gatos), Saint Anselm (San Anselmo), Marylrose (Oakland), All Souls (Alhambra), Saint Bede (Hayward) and Saint Elizabeth (Altadena). She was founding principal of Saint Mary, Los Gatos. She served as Director of Adult Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 16 years. In this role she often gave classes and retreats, especially on prayer. Following her work in the Archdiocese Sister Gemma was in parish ministry at Saint Andrew for 6 years. After her ministry at Saint Andrew she was the SNJM Director of Associates for 12 years in Southern California and then for the California Province.
She is remembered for her deep faith, spirituality and prayerfulness. With gentleness and graciousness Sister Gemma was present to each person she encountered. Her fidelity to friends, her tireless commitment to the development of lay leadership, and devotedness to her beloved associates were especially important to her.
She is survived by cousins John Babbitt, Diane Flournoy and Ida Ludwig. She will be remembered fondly by the Sisters of the Holy Names and SNJM Associates.
Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or online.