Mayfred passed away on December 31, 2017 at the Samaritan Summit Village Skilled Nursing facility at the age of 101. She was born September 30, 1916 in Watertown, NY to Leo and Ordia (Bombard) Hughto and was the oldest and last surviving sibling of the family; a brother, Donald and four sisters, Marjorie (Dewey), Freda (Joles), Patricia (who died as an infant), and Rosalind (Harra) predeceased her. Mayfred graduated from LaFargeville Central School in 1934 and was the Valedictorian of her class. She attended the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Watertown for two and a half years but was not able to finish the second half of her senior year due to an illness. Subsequently during that time at home she met Cecil Fisher and they were married on April 16, 1938. Mayfred had five children; Patricia (John Dehaan), James (Gina Hagerman), Daniel (Kathy Fitchette), Deborah (William Hampton), and Trudy (John Solar). Out of all of this came 14 Grandchildren and 33 Great Grandchildren, one an infant who sadly predeceased Mayfred.
Mayfred and Cecil Fisher owned and operated the Red and White grocery store in LaFargeville from 1938 through 1968. When Cecil’s failing health forced the sale of the store, they moved to Fairport, NY in 1968. Cecil passed away in 1971 at which time Mayfred moved back to LaFargeville. She was employed in the Jefferson National Bank as a teller for 10 years before retiring in 1982. Mayfred loved to travel, and during those 10 years she visited one of her favorite places, Disney World in Florida, several times and vacationed with her sister and brother in law, Freda and Harold Joles many times in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mayfred married Sidney Downs of Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1982. They did some traveling of which her trip to Banff in the Canadian Rockies was her favorite along with two trips to Hawaii. Winters were spent in either South Carolina or Florida. Mayfred lived in Kingston until Sidney’s death in 1994, when she moved back to Clayton where she lived with her daughter Trudy until moving to Samaritan Summit Village in May 2013. Mayfred enjoyed her life immensely and was a fighter to the very end.
There will be no service or visitation. Burial in Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville will be private at a time chosen by her family.