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Johnna “Elaine” Fischer, age 75, of Ozark, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, February 21, 2022. She was the daughter of Ward Hilton and Jessie (Bradley) Hilton, who cherished Elaine and raised her in a Christian home. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of nine and was baptized into the Prospect Baptist Church. She recently moved her membership to First Baptist, Ozark.
She felt blessed to be “Mom” to four boys, Les, Jonathan, David and Bobby. She learned more about the sports they played than she imagined. She was always busy with FFA, Civil Air Patrol, Church Activities, and trips to Florida with the boys on Spring Break and during the summer. Elaine loved to garden, and it was a family affair. She trusted God and felt his presence and His faithfulness always.
Elaine was Valedictorian of the 1964 Ozark High School graduating class. She received a BS in Education from MSU with a major in English and Business Education, and later received a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Central Missouri State University, Warrenburg. Elaine taught English and Journalism for two years in Houston, Missouri. She then taught English and also was a counselor for grades K through 12 at Bradleyville School. For 12 years she taught in Strafford High School. Her last 12 years in education were at Ozark High School serving as counselor and working with longtime friend Carolyn Mitchum. The highlight of her education career was writing the application for the Ozark Army JROTC in the fall of 1994. Throughout her career Elaine encouraged and touched the lives of countless young people.
After retiring from education, Elaine worked for Silver Dollar City and Herschend Family Entertainment for 20 years. It was there she met Denny Fischer and they married in 2001. They enjoyed life on Table Rock Lake and being active in Life Song Church, Reeds Spring.
Survivors include: Her children, Lester Hires and wife Faye, Jonathan Taylor and wife Carol, David Taylor and wife Amanda, and Bobby Taylor; grandchildren, Cody Hires, Jeremy Koomsa, Aloni Taylor, Ian Taylor, Madelyn Taylor, Drake Taylor, and Faith and Justin Taylor; her brother Frank Hilton and wife Liz of Ozark; nieces and nephews, Laura Sutherland, Amanda McGee, Travis Hilton, John Hilton, Scott Taylor, Debbie Crosswhite, Daniel Taylor, and Melissa Johnson; great nieces and nephews; and Denny’s sister, Betts Barraclough and his daughter Paula Busken.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Denny, in 2018, and her parents.
Visitation will be from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday, February 28, in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Monday, February 28, in the funeral home with burial following in McCoy Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Ozark JROTC program.
Our family has such wonderful memories of Elaine and the Hilton family. What a life well lived as she walked with the Lord. She was a teacher and helper to many. Cynthia Penner Foley and the Family of Joe and Ruth Penner
Cynthia Foley Mar 11 2022 4:43 PM
Loved Elaine! Always Glowing & loving Enjoyed our school. Years & our visits at reunions!
Paula Honeycutt Mar 4 2022 8:40 PM
Don and mary Beth Long
Donald Long Mar 2 2022 2:07 PM
Elaine, you were a beautiful light in this world and a dear friend. We love you and miss you terribly. We'll always try to be a light for others like you were for us.
Amy Cory & Family Feb 28 2022 11:50 AM
Elaine had such a positive influence in so many young lives as a counselor at Ozark High School . We will never forget he involvement with Civil Air Patrol and how the JROTC program was blessed through her. .
The Nelson Family Feb 27 2022 4:40 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Elaine Fischer
Shane Corkren Feb 26 2022 12:32 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Elaine Fischer
Mike and Jean Ann Woody Feb 25 2022 9:26 AM
It was always such a delight to visit with Elaine! We saw her last at the FFA Chili Supper. Her optimism was an inspiration. She IS an incredible lady! We look forward to seeing her again in Heaven for a long and happy chat! She remains loved and admired, and will not be forgotten 'til then. Prayers for her entire family and closest friends.
Connie & Loyd Todd Feb 24 2022 3:16 PM
She was a sparkle in every room she entered.
Elise Crain and Tom Crain Feb 24 2022 8:58 AM
Mrs. Taylor (as I knew her then) was a wonderful teacher and instructor. She did a wonderful job keeping those of us on the SHS Yearbook staff on the straight and narrow. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Daniel Smith, SHS '81 Feb 23 2022 8:15 PM