Essie Irene (Fisher) Stigall, 88, passed away Dec. 28, 2017, in Brownsburg, Ind. She was born Jan. 10, 1929, to Charlie and Ida (Cox) Fisher in Houston, Mo.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jesse Fisher; two sisters, Vera Hume and Leona Collins; and her husband, Harold.

She is survived by her son, Russ and wife, Susan, of Houston, Mo.; daughter, Linda Cook and husband, Jim, of Brownsburg, Ind.; three grandchildren, Joshua Stigall, Paul Cook and Patricia Stigall; and two great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Olivia Cook.

Irene grew up in the Houston, Mo., area and graduated from Houston High School in 1948.

She married the love of her life, Harold, on Sept. 16, 1950, and they made their home in the St. Louis area.

A committed Christian, Irene accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized at First Baptist Church, Houston, Mo. She was active in various church activities throughout her life, including teaching children’s Sunday school.

She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. A devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, she delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Irene was close to her extended family, being a wonderful sister and aunt, always willing to help when there was a need and loved family gettogethers.

Services were Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Russ Stigall officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Cook, Mark Tohlen, David Tohlen, Larry Fisher, David Keeney and Joshua Stigall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Oak Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

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