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Longtime Hammond resident Sandra Lynn (Sandy) Fisher, who could always be counted on for
a hug, whether you needed one or not, died Feb. 28 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. She was
Sandy was an exuberant and outgoing person who always lit up a room. As a result, she
gathered a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
But family came first.
As the eldest of four sisters, she eventually inherited the family matriarch mantle from her
grandmother, Dolly, and mother, Hazel. She served for many years as the glue that bound
various branches together.
Sandy was a fiercely devoted wife, mother and grandmother who never failed to recognize a
birthday or anniversary. Your spouse might let one slip, but not Sandy.
She was especially close to granddaughters Jordan and Caylee, who lived nearby. She served
as a precious role model for them as they grew up, and closely tracked their participation in
school and community activities.
Sandy was born into the Demase family when it still made its home in the Lower Columbia
fishing community of Clifton, before moving upriver to Svenson.
After graduating from Knappa High, she landed an office job with Bumble Bee Tuna on the
Astoria waterfront. During that period, she was chosen to represent Bumble Bee as Sally the
Salmon on the company’s Regatta float one year.
She married Jim Osmus in 1971. They settled in Astoria and had two children before divorcing.
While working for Point Adams Packing in Warrenton, she met and married fisherman Jim
Fisher in 1988. They settled in Hammond, where she continued to make her home until her
She knew she was terminally ill, but never gave up. She fought to the last breath.
In addition to parents Clarence and Hazel Demase, she was preceded in death by brother
Michael. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sisters Marilyn Demasi of Wilsonville,
Dolly Bagwell of McMinnville (Steve) and Kim Lopez of Philomath (Nathan); daughter Andrea
Marsch of Warrenton (Tad), and son James Osmus of Stayton (Shain); granddaughters Jordan
and Caylee Marsch and Amelia and Gwenndolynn Cronin; and surrogate grandson Tim Hines
Services are set for 1 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary, 576 12 th St., Astoria.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation,
www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org or 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611.
Friday, March 17, 2023
1:00 - 3:00pm (Pacific time)
Hughes-Ransom Mortuary & Crematory - Astoria
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