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Jeanne Fisher Prevost

June 27, 1945 — June 20, 2015

Bethany Jeanne Fisher Prevost Jeanne Fisher Prevost, 69, died on June 20 of a heart attack, being stricken outside her home in Grayling Twp, Michigan. She was born in Dearborn, MI, on June 27, 1945, to Harry C. Fisher and Elizabeth M. Fisher. She is predeceased by her mother and father, and her brother Harry T. Fisher. Surviving relatives are her husband, Stanley E. Prevost, sister-in-law Ruth Fisher, nieces Lisa Fisher of Commerce Twp and Laury Wood of Novi, six great-nephews and great-nieces, and three grandchildren. Jeanne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, Master of Arts from Syracuse University and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Her employment included Director of Admissions at Johns Hopkins University School of Health Services, and Vice President of Student Life at Texas Women's University. In 1980, she moved to Huntsville, Alabama, to become the first Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and held that position until her retirement in 2000, serving under four presidents. In her very young years, her family came Up North to the Grayling area frequently, as the men loved fishing the AuSable River. First they rented places on the North Branch of the AuSable, then later bought a small cabin on the AuSable mainstream. Jeanne spent many summers in that cabin with her grandmother. She became a real river girl, poling her riverboat up and down the river, fishing the river, and socializing with other girls along the river. In 1964, while Jeanne was in her first year of college, her father retired from Ford, bought a parcel of undeveloped property on the north side of the river not far from the little cabin, and built a small retirement home for him and Elizabeth on the riverbank. Eventually the property passed to Jeanne. Jeanne and Stan married in January 1990 and began a happy and adventurous life together. Jeanne loved the outdoors and backpacking and canoeing into wilderness. Trips included several into the High Sierra in California, the Wind River Range in Wyoming, Canadian Rockies, 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Range of Alaska, Mt. Whitney, the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado (solo), Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in Minnesota, canoeing in Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon, another Grand Canyon trip involving a helicopter ride out after breaking her leg, all over the Great Smoky Mountains, and solo hiking the entire 2,100+ mile Appalachian Trail (another broken leg). She hiked Isle Royale in Lake Superior twice, and hiked across frozen Lake Superior to see ice caves. She swam with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef (but couldn't swim). Couldn't swim but canoed and kayaked big water. As an active participant in flights in their small airplane and in rented planes, Jeanne flew all over the USA, to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, semicircumnavigated the Australian continent, and flew all over the South Island of New Zealand including an amazing flight through the high peaks of the Southern Alps. And many shorter trips. After both Jeanne and Stan had retired, they eventually moved to Michigan, demolished the old house and, on the same spot by the river that she loved, built a larger one designed for their favorite activities. She had a quilting room that she loved working in, and she had become quite an accomplished quilter. From that retreat, she could look down on her beloved river as she worked. Jeanne really enjoyed the trips in recent years to the western USA and exploring the UP. She also enjoyed her quilting groups and beading group, and all her friends and neighbors. Additional background information about Jeanne put out by the University of Alabama in Huntsville can be found at Condolences may be sent to the family at Memorial contributions may be directed to Crawford County Baby to Toddler Closet in c/o Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, 400 E. Michigan Ave., Grayling, Michigan 49738. Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Jeanne Fisher Prevost, please visit our flower store.


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