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Charlotte Fisher Eller, 94, of Salisbury, NC died April 3, 2014, at NC Lutheran Home in Salisbury, NC. Born on October 5, 1919, in Rowan County she was the oldest child of Jacob Eli Fisher, Sr. and Pearl Walton Fisher of Granite Quarry, NC.
Charlotte graduated from Granite Quarry High School, Pfeiffer Junior College class of 1938 where she was the editor of the yearbook, and Catawba College class of 1940. On July 17, 1943 she married Reuben Vance Eller of Salisbury, NC. Charlotte worked for Farmers and Merchants Bank (F&M) and Rowan Telephone Company in Granite Quarry until she and Vance started their family. In 1954 she and Vance moved to Greensboro where was a very active member of First Lutheran Church, and Greenbrier Garden Club. She served in the PTA at Joyner Elementary, Aycock Junior High, Mendenhall Middle School, and W.H. Page Senior High School.
Charlotte returned to Salisbury in 1973 where she worked with her husband in a family business, Eller-Wood Florist until they retired in 1988. She will be remembered as an avid gardener and for her love of cooking. With her encouragement, her daughters and grandchildren followed in her footsteps. Charlotte, along with Vance, especially enjoyed entertaining friends and family at their home on High Rock Lake
She was a Trustee at Pfeiffer University and was the first to be named Alumni of the Year. Charlotte and Vance were instrumental in the college advancement program and supporter of every special event and program for Pfeiffer students. She was a supporter of First Family Scholarship at Catawba College, The Pearl Fisher Endowment Scholarship at Pfeiffer University, Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter of the DAR, the North Carolina Museum of History Associates, Historic Salisbury Foundation, Rowan County Museum, Salisbury Symphony, Piedmont Players Theatre, Salisbury and East Rowan YMCA, Hurley YMCA, Nazareth Children’s Home, Crossnore School, the Old Stone House, Wittenberg Lutheran Church, Granite Quarry, NC and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.
She is predeceased by her parents, Jacob Eli Fisher, Sr. and Pearl Walton Fisher, her step-mother Dorothy P. Fisher, a sister, Sally F. Peeler, and her husband, Reuben Vance Eller.
Surviving are her four daughters Charlotte “Cindy” Hobbs (Keith), Raleigh, NC; Julie Eiwen, (Charles), Spotsylvania, VA; Melissa Eller (Steve Shive), Salisbury, NC; Susan Nepomuceno (Jose), Beaver Dam, VA; grandchildren, Vance Hobbs, West Point, VA, Reid Hobbs, Wilmington, NC, Dr. Amy Long (John Goulart), San Jose, CA, Blake Eiwen, Richmond, VA, Heather Clayton, Charleston, SC, 1st Lt. Oliver Clayton (Linda) Ft. Polk, LA, Ryan Nepomuceno, Oakland, CA, Vance Nepomuceno and Caroline Nepomuceno, Beaver Dam, VA; great-grandson, John Charles Goulart, San Jose, CA.
She is also survived by sisters, Jean McCombs, Faith, NC, Dorothy F. Mitchell (Don), Kingwood, TX; brothers, Jacob E. Fisher, Jr. (Phyllis) Granite Quarry, NC, Paul E. Fisher (Sue), Salisbury, NC., John M. Fisher (Joy), Granite Quarry, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Trinity Oaks and the Lutheran Home for their loving care and support of Charlotte during her years there.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury on Saturday April 26th, 2014 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers Charlotte’s request was that you consider donations to Pfeiffer University Chapel Fund, PO Box 960, Misenheimer, NC 28109; Catawba College General Fund, 2300 W. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144; Nazareth Children’s Home, PO Box 1438, Rockwell, NC 28138 NC ; Crossnore School, PO Box 249, Crossnore, NC 28616; or the Lutheran Home 720 Klumac Rd. Salisbury, NC 28144.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte, North Carolina is assisting the Eller family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.