In Memoriam – Katie Fisher Obituary

Katherine E. Fisher, October 28, 1969 – October 21, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Katherine (Katie) Ethel Fisher after a valiant three year battle against metastatic lung cancer. Katie’s fight came to a peaceful end on October 21 at The Center For Conscious Living and Dying in Swannanoa, NC. Katie crossed over surrounded by family, friends, and her dog Butters.
Katie was born on October 28, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia. She lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Austin, Texas, and Oaxaca, Mexico before settling in Asheville.
Katie is survived by her sons Oscar (21), Sam (17) and their father Ben Feinberg of Asheville, her sisters Mary Fisher Perdue (James), Drusilla H. Powell (William), nephews James Perdue and Jamie, her dog Butters, and an extended family and close friends too numerous to name here. Katie was preceded in death by her mother Eleanor Martin Fisher and her father Thomas C. Fisher, III.
Katie attended high school at The Westminster Schools – Atlanta, Class of 1988. She received BA (1992) and JD (2003) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began to practice law in 2003 in Asheville. First, she was a tireless advocate for domestic violence victims while at Pisgah Legal Services. Katie then went into private family law practice both solo and with others. For many years she enjoyed practicing with her law partner and dear friend Rhonda Moorefield, who also left this world too soon. Katie last practiced with The Van Winkle Law Firm from 2017 until 2022. During her career, Katie was loved and treasured by many clients who appreciated her warmth, honesty, and good humor as they faced their most difficult moments. Many former clients have reached out to express their gratitude for Katie saving their relationships with their children after long storms of custody battles, for saving their sanity as she navigated them through difficult divorces, and other inhumane conditions that are deemed “normal” in the world of family law. Even her salty colleagues representing the other party could not help but appreciate her tenacity and honesty.
Katie strove to balance time between career and her family and friends. She famously hosted “Fancy Dishes” dinners for her eclectic and strong-willed circle of women friends. She was an excellent cook, a voracious reader with a keen eye and appreciation of art and music, and a fiercely dedicated mother to her boys. Katie will always be remembered for her sharp wit, sparkling intelligence, ferocity, dark humor, and especially for her unique ability to demonstrate sincere empathy with and for her family, her clients, colleagues, and those lucky enough to be counted as her friend.
The family would like to express their immense gratitude for the care provided to Katie from The Center for Conscious Living and Dying, especially CCLD founder Aditi Sethi, MD, and the care team from Four Season Hospice. Our conscientious Katie also planned in advance her green burial at the beautiful Carolina Memorial Sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Katie’s name to The Center For Conscious Living and Dying, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. By phone (828) 329-0823, or by check payable to CCLD, P.O. Box 348, Swannanoa, NC 28778, or online: When you are able, please watch the documentary – The Last Ecstatic Days.
A Celebration of the Life of Katie Fisher will be held Saturday, November 18 at The Cloud Room at Wedge Foundation, 5 Foundy St., Asheville, 28801.  Drop in between 3pm and 6pm to share and listen to Katie stories, express your grief, and find a shoulder to lean on. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions about the event, please contact Leah Broker at