Elizabeth Fisher

SERVICES ARE POSPONED Elizabeth Ann Fisher age 61, passed away peacefully, February 14, 2020 in Houston Texas. She was born July 20, 1958 on Clark Air Force Base, Philippines to her parents James Theron Ratcliffe and Joyce Juanita (Banther) Ratcliffe.

Liz is survived by her husband, Richard (Rick) Fisher; daughters Jamie (Ratcliffe) Reese and Megan Fisher; brothers, Dan (Cyndy) Ratcliffe, Mike (Trina) Riley; sisters Deanna (Steve) Thornburg, Janice and Julie Ratcliffe; granddaughter, Kirsten Ratcliffe and grandson, Caleb Ratcliffe.

Liz is preceded in death by both of her parents, her grandparents Vernon and Bessie Ratcliffe; sister Tina (Riley)Mudd and brother Alan Ratcliffe.

A longtime resident of the Clearlake Texas area while working at the NASA Johnson Space Center for over 32 years, Liz supported the JSC Life Sciences directorate, JSC Neurophysiology laboratory, Space Shuttle Program Spacelab missions and the International Space Station Program in numerous technical, engineering and scientific roles. During her tenure at NASA she received many awards most notably the Silver Snoopy Award. She was very proud of her job, her accomplishments and the family of people she worked with.

Liz was very proud of her family all you had to do was ask her. When the family had a chance to get away together Liz loved to go camping looking forward to sitting by a campfire with the kids roasting marshmallows. She also loved driving cross country usually coupled with camping, seeing family and visiting historical places.

Also known as Mom, Mema, Beth and Liz, she is sorely missed. She was an extremely modest, selfless person always ready to give of herself.


  1. Mom – you are my heart, my world an I will miss you so very much!

  2. Liz, I will miss you a lot. I never knew how loving you were until I saw how loving and caring you were with your sister Tina in her last days. What I saw from you was simply amazing and unequaled. Godspeed Elizabeth. God bless you and keep you close.

    michael mudd
  3. Liz was one of BEST lifelong friends. For over 30 years, we laughed, cried, dreamed, worried, looked after each other, worked at careers& family, strategized and grew together. I loved Liz dearly & always will. I will love you always Liz. Your friend, Denine

    Denine Gasway
  4. Will always remember sharing an office with Liz early in my career at JSC. I have worked with Liz for 22+ years and she was always working to make sure everything was done right and we always caught up with each others families.

    Myra Dawson Smith
  5. Liz, your presence is missed here in Neuro lab. Holy Spirit please bring comfort in a time of grief.

  6. A beautiful soul is never forgotten. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Rick and family. May Liz’s soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

    Rhona Cowie
  7. Liz was such a great friend and I learned so much from her by her thoughtful actions for others. I will always remember her fondly and I thank her for making me a better person. I love and miss you, Liz.

    Jody Cerisano
  8. Liz was more than special. She helped me see the world differently. After working with Liz for more than 30 years it is going to be difficult; not seeing her at her desk, in the shop or helping collect data from an astronaut subject. Her welcoming smile expressed the joy of life, always awaiting the next adventure.

    Mill Reschke
  9. Liz, you are so greatly missed here at work. I miss seeing you every time I walk past your cubicle with its funny decorations and its army of little space men/aliens on the ledge. You were always such a dependable and calming presence around this place. And you were the BEST guide and mentor during our overlapping pregnancies in 1997/98. You helped me anticipate the joys of motherhood and the ins and outs of working while nursing a baby. I always enjoyed trading updates on the kids as they grew up. I’m so glad for all of the years I have known you, and I hope your family knows how many lives you have touched and brightened along the way (I’m sure they do–you were just that kind of person!).

    Elisabeth Spector
  10. Liz, Your presence is greatly missed at Bld 21. I worked with you during the Biotechnology Program days at Bld 37 and now at the SK division. You have helped many at work with a smile a can-do attitude. Your team misses you.

    antony susiah jeevarajan
  11. Liz,
    Your are missed by so many Family and Friends. We hold your presence in our Hearts forever
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand
    And Angels watch over you..

    Gods Speed Liz

    Scott Fisher
  12. I never had the privilege of meeting Elizabeth Fisher, but I worked at JSC with her husband Rick Fisher for 10 years. Rick always smiled when he spoke of his wife, and I could tell that she was the love & light of Rick’s life.

    For everyone who knew and loved Elizabeth, please accept my condolences.

    Mark S. Dunn

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