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Joy Kempton Fisher Walker

August 13, 1927 - July 22, 2009

Joy Kempton Fisher Walker of Torrance, CA, died July 22, 2009, after bravely battling a series of illnesses. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a respected educator and a pillar of activity in her church. Joy was born in Los Angeles to Lawrence and Ada Kempton. Her parents divorc…read more

Joy Kempton Fisher Walker of Torrance, CA, died July 22, 2009, after bravely battling a series of illnesses. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a respected educator and a pillar of activity in her church. Joy was born in Los Angeles to Lawrence and Ada Kempton. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she was loved by her step-father, Dougal Baird. She had two brothers, Johnny and Norman Kempton, and two step-siblings, Bob Kempton and Jean Ann (Joe) Suderno. She was also the doted-upon oldest granddaughter. Joy married Anthony Fisher on February 10, 1947, and they were the proud parents of six unique, independent children: Linda Joy F. Guyan, of Torrance, CA; Gilbert A. Fisher, of Torrance, CA; Steven D. (DeeAnn) Fisher, of Clearfield, UT; Bradley K. Fisher, of Hemet, CA; Kathrine F. Strube (William), of Mesa, AZ; and Cheryl F. Fansler (John), of Clearfield, UT. They divorced in 1961, after which Joy resumed her education, earning her Bachelor’s and then Master’s degrees. From 1965 to 1995, she taught at Walteria Elementary School in Torrance, where she was loved and respected by peers, students and parents. Joy was a skilled seamstress, fashioning clothes and costumes for her children and others. She was known for her beautiful crocheted afghans. Actively supporting humanitarian efforts, she also donated many handmade warm caps and quilts. She also designed head pieces for the West High Drill Team, and served as a chaperone for the West High Marching Band, walking the parade routes and spraying the students with water to keep them from overheating, and joining them on a trip to Europe while daughter Cheryl was a member. She loved music, and served her church as both chorister and choir director. She encouraged all of her children to develop and pursue their talents. She also served in the church for many years as Relief Society President, where she was known for her tireless dedication and compassionate service on behalf of others. In 1986, she was blessed with a wonderful companion and sweetheart: widower Hermann Walker. They married November 22nd of that year, and were still “on their honeymoon” 22 years later. With this marriage, she became step-mother to four sons: Michael H. Walker (Marion), of Redondo Beach, CA; Ronald F. Walker (Dawn), of Riverside, CA; Dennis E. Walker (Lynne), of Stone Mountain, GA; and Thomas R. Walker (Carolyn), of San Jose, CA. All four Walker siblings treasured their new Mom with all their hearts, as she was truly a Mom in every sense of the word. Joy was Hermann’s biggest fan during the years he sang in the Southern California Mormon Choir, and they enjoyed many years of serving together in the Los Angeles Temple. Joy was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and first husband. She passed away on July 22, 2009, at Torrance Memorial Hospital, and is survived by her beloved Hermann, their combined 10 children, 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 28, at Gamby Mortuary, 25001 Narbonne Ave., Lomita, from 4pm to 8pm. The funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22605 Kent Ave., Torrance, on Wednesday, July 29, at 10am. Interment will be at Millville Cemetery, Cache County, Utah.

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