Mary Lisa Garrett Vinson, age 69 of Point, Texas, passed away on Saturday, 27 May 2023 after an unexpected, tough battle against lung cancer with complications.
She is survived by daughter Jennifer Fisher and wife Maylen Gaspar of Colorado Springs, CO, son Dylan Fisher of Point, their father/her first husband James Walter Fisher of Kaufman, TX, brothers and their wives Dave and Janie Garrett of Coppell, TX and Bill and Kay Garrett of Point, aunt Cornelia Lyles Garrett of Emory, TX, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and her beloved dog Sweetie Pie.
She was born April 17, 1954 in Greenville, TX to David Garrett and Frances Pippin, and raised in Dallas where David was a firefighter and Frances taught school. Lisa was in the second class to graduate from Skyline High School, where she was involved in theater, music, and drill team programs. She loved music and played piano, guitar, and saxophone. While attending Eastfield Community College, she painted stage sets for a play starring Barbara Eden. After working for 42 years, mostly in business office jobs, she retired at age 62 and moved from the Dallas metroplex back to the family homestead in Point. Lisa enjoyed golfing and walking Sweetie Pie around the County Line Baptist Church or Miller Grove schools.
A devoted mother, she cherished the close relationship with her son, Dylan. They regularly went to lunch and dinner, binge-watched their favorite shows together, and did projects around the house. He was by her side nearly every day of her 3 weeks in the hospital and with her in her final moments.
Lisa introduced her daughter to Shakespeare In The Park at Samuell-Grand Park that became their annual summer tradition while Jennifer was in High School. She was proud of her daughter’s accomplishments: graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University, serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, and earning an MBA. They enjoyed discussing current business events and she was grateful Jennifer returned from overseas just in time to spend her last hours on earth holding her hand.
Faith was an important part of Lisa’s life, especially after she retired, as was philanthropy. She donated generously to several charities, supported local fund-raising efforts, and was a member of the American Legion. She is greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Her family will host a private celebration of her life on Saturday, 24 June 2023 at the Clifton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clifton Cemetery Association through her brother Bill Garrett at 6760 FM 275, Point, TX 75472.