Jeanne Fisher Chandler of Los Altos Hills, CA, an accomplished painter, classical pianist, gourmet cook, and gardener-extraordinaire, passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side September 11, 2019. Jeanne was born on April 29, 1933 in Edmond, Oklahoma to Roy and Mildred Wallis Fisher. Her grandfather, Dr. Jonas Wakefield Fisher, participated in the Oklahoma Territory land run in 1889. She graduated from Edmond High School, attended Scripps College, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. A gifted artist, her creative talent began at an early age and was a driving force throughout her life. She played drums in her high school band, studied and played classical piano and guitar, and was a theater major and homecoming queen in college. She married Stephen Sanders Chandler, III in 1955, moved to Marblehead, MA, where they sailed the coast and she performed in summer stock theater.
Two years later they moved to Palo Alto; settling in Los Altos Hills four years later, where she lived until her passing. She loved the Northern California landscape and the abstract expressionist painters it inspired, such as Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Oliveira. While devoted to her children – expressed through countless gourmet dinners inspired by Julia Childs, and one year putting over 100,000 miles on her car driving her daughters to tennis tournaments – Jeanne remained dedicated to her own painting; for years working long nights after everyone else was asleep. Her hard work was rewarded with gallery exhibits of her paintings in Carmel, Healdsburg, Dallas, and Fredericksburg. Her beautiful home and creatively designed gardens were among her most treasured canvasses and works of art, where she enjoyed hosting family for summer pool parties and holidays and loved to lead everyone in the singing of her favorite hymn, We Gather Together by Valerius. Jeanne made life so beautiful for her entire family, and they feel so blessed and grateful to carry on her legacy. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Wickers and her husband Bob of Portola Valley, her daughter Anne Porter and her husband David of Sausalito; and her four grandchildren, Chandler Wickers, Robert Wickers, Cole Porter and Wes Porter. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Marilyn Wantland and her brother Roy Fisher, Jr. She will be laid to rest at her family’s plot in Edmond, OK on October 19th. A celebration of life will be held later this year at the Cantor Art Center's Rodin Sculpture Garden on the campus of Stanford University.