Mary Jane Fish

February 26, 1928 ‒ June 06, 2020

Eustis, Florida
Formerly of Sunbury, Ohio

Mary “Jane” Fish, 92 of Eustis, Florida passed away on Saturday June 6, 2020 at her home.

Born in Columbus, Ohio February 26, 1928. Preceded in death by her husband, Paul R. Fish (2001); mother, Doris A. Older Smith; father, Ira Madison Smith; and brother, Richard (Dick) Smith.

Jane had fallen and fractured her hip on April 29 and was operated on April 30. It was determined prior to surgery she had colon cancer, which metastasized to other areas of her body.

Jane was a homemaker and wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Paula McVey of Altamonte Springs, FL; son, James Fish of Eustis, FL; granddaughters, Angie Lee McVey (Scott) Colgan, of Kissimmee, FL, Crystal Dawn McVey; grandson, Paul James McVey; great-grandson, Andrew Colgan; great-granddaughter, Jessica Colgan all of Kissimmee, FL; and sister, Jeannie Kitzmiller of New Albany, Ohio.

A visitation will be held at Devore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury Ohio, from 1 pm to 2 pm on Thursday, July 9, 2020 followed by a Graveside Service at Trenton Township Cemetery, Sunbury, Ohio where Jane will be inurned.  As a former Ohio Patriot Guard rider, Jane will be honored with a memorial mission and motorcycle escort from the funeral home to the cemetery with OPGR flag line, following the visitation.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs in Williston Florida. By visiting:

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Fish family.  Please share a memory or condolence with Jane’s family on this website.

  • Mom as hard as it is, we took care of each other since Dad passed 19 years ago.
    We worked as a team and that’s what made it work.
    We gave each other a better quality of life and I am forever greatful for our mutual love and respect we had for each other.
    You are the best and I love you so much.
    Now you and Dad are together again.
    And that makes the pain more tolerable.
    Give Dad a hug. I love you both
    Your always faithful and greatful son
    Jim, Nina and Piper

  • Mama Jane!
    Every time i heard your voice it was very smoothing and if you we’re in person, it was like eating ice cream with a warm apple pie in autumn, you know those cozy and inviting to seat and enjoy your company. We talk as longer we could about everything, we miss you dearly Mama Jane!
    You left a print in our heart!
    Until we see again, Mama Jane .

  • May you rest in eternal peace ‘Momma Fish’! It was an Honor and a pleasure to stand with you in flag lines all over Ohio in every weather condition. You will be missed, your patriotism will be missed, yet Heaven has been improved, you are happy and healthy, and you are reunited with your husband. You have received your Heavenly reward. Watch over your Son Jim with your husband and keep him safe.

    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you Jim, Nina and Piper

    Dave and Raven Huprich

    • Dave and Raven, Mom and I always hold the highest respect for you both. We both discussed many times how thorough you missions were and your craftsmanship in your projects.
      She always enjoyed seeing you both.thank you for remembering Mom.

  • ‘Momma Fish and her son Jim where a great addition to to Patriot Guard to both the Florida ,Ohio Patriot Guard and they are missed here in Ohio She will not for gotten A real American hero . l With Love Harold and Pearl Diller PGR RC

    • Thank you for taking the time to remember Mom.
      Lots of missions shared. Remember the first time you met her in the pouring rain in Belleville.

  • Mom Fish, It was an honor to know you. I enjoyed the talks we had over the years. You fought a good fight. You certainly will be missed by all. Prayers of comfort for Jim and the family. Until we meet again in heaven.
    God bless
    MikeyMan and Micky Carter

    • Thanks for remembering Mom. We have alot of time under our belt of friendship.
      It means alot that you took the time to post a condolence.

  • Jim I m so sorry for the loss and I know the pain, even though my Mom been gone for a long time I know this, A Son always misses her Mom no matter what, I hope over time you will think of your Mom and have such good memories ,She was a delight to be around and I know everyone in the Ohio PGR thought the world of her, She was a fine lady and will live on in all of our hearts.

    • Thank you Charlie. We did alot of District 5 missions together. I can hear mom saying , do you think Charlie will be here?
      I know she will say the same thing on her mission. Hope you can come up but understand if you can’t.

  • Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to Jim on the loss of his Mother. “Mom Fish” was the nicest person you would ever meet. As an Ohio Patriot Guard member, Mom Fish spent countless hours standing Flag Lines to honor our fallen service members, veterans and first responders. She was one, if not the oldest active Ohio Patriot Guard Riders. Rain or shine, she would be there with Jim on their Goldwing Trike. They put many fun filled miles on that trike, a trike known all over the Eastern United States by it’s patriotic paint and murals which was features twice in the Goldwing magazine. Mom Fish was an inspiration to all of us and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Rest In Peace Mom Fish!!

    • Thank you Gary. You were a great friend on missions and life. You got us out of 2 different hospitals after our accident, you helped us move in terrible weather several times. You have been a true leader in PGR and a true and faithful friend. I can see her smiling that you will give her one last MC ride and you saying “Mom ya just gotta get use to the noise of a Harley”. Thanks Friend

  • I never met Momma Fish, but through Jim’s Facebook posts and pictures of all the adventures they went on, I feel like I’ve known her forever!! I had the pleasure of knowing Jim and graduating with him from high school. The love between mother and son was seen daily between Jim and his mom. She will be missed by many. RIP Momma Fish

    • Thank you Michelle. Many have asked over the years why so public? Well our journey in life is never alone. While we may feel alone sharing is caring. We found by sharing our lives and adventures, many followed along over the years. We both enjoyed bringing a smile or pleasant thought to who ever was along for the adventure. Thanks for remembering Mom

  • Jim- I am so very sorry. Your Mom had such a beautiful way about her. Her love for you, Nina, and Piper was HUGE. There is such grace in loyalty. When I see pictures of the your adventures together, all I see is joy on her face.
    I hope you can rest a little easier knowing you made her final wish possible when you arranged to bring her home in her final days. I find solace myself for having walked a very similar journey last June.
    Blessings as you continue forward.

    • Thank you Gina. I know you walked this walk a year ago. Your pleasant comments bring a smile to my face.
      Your comment joy on her face is how I remember most of our adventures. I spoke to her often of your own recent struggles and she would be so pleased your boy is back to normal. Thanks for remembering Mom.

  • Jim, Piper and Nina-

    My heart breaks for you guys. Mom was a beautiful soul and the kindness most genuine lady anyone would ever meet. She was a bright light to all she met.

    Love and prayers for you.

    • Thank you for taking the time to remember her. I hope we can see you soon.
      Jim, Nina and Piper.

  • Jim, we only had the privilege of knowing your mom for a short time while at VCDC before you moved to better weather! We saw in her amazing strength and admired her desire for adventure. We enjoyed watching her (and your) journey on FB and pray that God comforts you as you march on here below. RIP, Mom Fish. God’s blessings over you, Jim, you are a good and faithful son.

    Tim and Karen Schaffner

    • Thank you so much. We worked as a team and that’s what made it work. I am glad she is with Jesus and Dad now.
      Once things settle down I’ll have to consider how to open the next chapter. Gone but never forgotten. Thanks for remembering her.

  • Jim we are so sorry for your loss. You and your mom had such a very special relationship. She will surely be missed. I think of you both when on our front porch with the setee you and your mom delivered to us. God bless you. Prayers and hugs
    Ted and Joyce

  • I met Mary Jane right after she and Jim bought a home in Ocala.
    Every time I stopped by to visit Mary Jane and Jim, she was always energetic and always encouraging Jim on all of the projects around the house.
    I wish that more people had her zest for life!
    She will be missed!

  • Grand Lady, may you find peaceful and eternal rest. Your spirit and your participation in PGR are things to emulate. Thank you for making the world a better place.

  • I have known your Mom for over 30 years and know her as a Loving and Supportive lady. I see her in my mind’s eye proudly riding with you on your Patriot runs and smiling and waving to all!
    She was a real firecracker and a joy to know.
    She is waiting for you in the embrace of our Lord.

    • Thank you so much for remembering her my former boss and friend.
      Means more than I can truly express.

  • To my client and friend held your hand almost to the end. Enjoy your last ride with friends and family by your side. You will be missed but never forgotten ! Carolyn Schottel 😘😢

    • Thank you Carolyn. Words cannot express our appreciation for your help and friendship.

  • Jim, our hearts go out to you in this sad time. We know it will be hard to fill the void your mom left behind in your life. We know she was a great mother to you but we also suspect that your mom was also a great partner and friend. Always. Take care and may your mom Rest In Peace.

    Joe & Mary

  • Jane was a lovely lady. Her energy and her true sense of adventure were amazing. There wasn’t much she wasn’t willing to try! Even though past 80, she bravely farm-sat our barnyard full of chickens, goats, and Laddie the Llama.
    We especially noticed her generosity and willingness to help anyone. This world could use more people like that. We are glad to have known her and feel very fortunate to have had her for a neighbor. May she rest in peace.

    • Thank you so much for remembering my Mom. She was ready for adventure.
      I can hear her saying to my Dad in Heaven. Is there a Goldwing in Heaven, if so saddle Up and I’ll tell you about the adventures Jim and I had on our bike.

      • A grand lady who will be missed by so many and will be remembered by so many. A lady who even gave her heart and time to PGR events. Rest in eternal peace.

  • Jim, how I wish I could have met your Mom! She was very special and she had a very special son! Your Dad and Mom are together again, God Bless!

  • Very special lady . Spent a lot of time at her house when I was in high school . She made me a beautiful blue flowered ceramic plate for my bridal shower that I still have after 47 years . She also made me a replica in artificial flowers of my bridal bouquet. I have that in my china closet. Loved her , and her family has been and always will be special to me . ❤️

    • Thank you Linda for taking the time to remember Mom.
      She would be pleased you still have and value those things she made for you after all these years.

  • Jim, We are so sorry for your loss. Jane always had the brightest smile and the kindest heart and was always ready for another boat ride! While we will all miss her terribly, know she is at peace. She was a very special lady.

    • Thank you Pete and Donna for remembering her.
      She will laugh at boat riwe. She was afraid of the water and said if you through a spoonful of water on me I’ll drown. But she was always up for another bike ride.
      I’ll miss her terribly but am glad she and Dad are together again.

  • Thank you Pete and Donna for remembering her.
    She will laugh at boat ride. She was afraid of the water and said if you through a spoonful of water on me I’ll drown. But she was always up for another bike ride.
    I’ll miss her terribly but am glad she and Dad are together again.