It is with extreme heartbreak that the family announces the passing of Payton Marie Fischer, age 20, of Celina Texas. She died in an unfortunate accident on an all terrain vehicle in Arlington, Texas late Friday evening on March 27. Payton was born on January 15, 2000 to Heather Kuharchek and Jesse Fischer. Her immense light was burning bright the moment she was born. While the nurses cleaned her, she had a beaming smile! She attended Arlington Classics Academy in Arlington Texas. She was active in ballet, hip hop, girl scouts and cheerleading. She loved being outdoors riding her bike, skating or riding her scooter. Friendships began as a toddler were continually cultivated by Payton throughout her life. Integrity in a true friendship she understood and taught others. So many people young and old, looked to her wise insight. She moved to Colorado while in elementary school. Her appreciation of nature grew deeper as she enjoyed camping and fishing with her family, and gained new friends in Littleton, which she has remained close to. She moved back to Texas and settled in Celina in 2013. She fell in love with school spirit and passionate about attending Wildcat football games. Payton graduated from Celina High School in 2019. One of her favorite classes was being a member of AG. Working around many animals; pigs, sheep, and other livestock was her passion. Any reason be around animals, and Payton was happily there. She began volunteering at ManeGait Horse Farm, in McKinney in the fall of 2017. She started as a Barn Buddy cleaning stalls to then training as a Horse Leader, sharing the magic of therapeutic riding in equine training. ManeGait offers equine therapy to over 150 adults and children weekly. She counted many, among her friends in the Celina-Prosper area.
People that knew her well were drawn to her. Words which keep surfacing to describe her is: “That she is a shining light”, “one of a kind”, “sweet”, “fearless”, and above all… “compassionate”. Her cousin stated, (that even though she was the smallest of them), she was always the leader of the pack when the cousins got together. She definitely knew her own mind, and the words, [no, you can’t] weren’t in her vocabulary. Payton lived life fully and enjoyed making other’s feel important. A phenomenal listener to many of her friends made her their, “go-to girl” when needing comfort or advice. She made an impact on so many, and left a permanent impression on them. It shows when in a matter of days, hundreds of people of all ages have begun celebrating the amazing dynamic of Payton Marie Fischer and her life – just as she has always done for those who knew her. She loved well and she loved deep. She continues to make the world brighter as our shining star, now in heaven.
Payton worked as a hostess for Chilli’s restaurant while attending classes at Collin College. She is survived by her parents, Heather Mason, Todd Mason, and Jesse Fischer, her sister Emma, Grandparents, Cyndi Fischer and Glenn, Kathleen Tucci and Jack Cassidy, Tim and Shannon Kuharchek, Ted and Linda Mason, Great Grandmothers, Ethel Even, Elaine Fischer, and Great Grandparents, Mary and Burton, Aunt and Uncles, Chris and Jennie, Brock, and Great Uncles, Doug Even and wife Nanette, Shawn and wife, Brenda, Tim and wife, Dawn, and Great Aunts, Mary Skogsberg, Cynthia and Steve. God Parents, Jeremiah Even, Heather Maddox and Brock Kuharchek as well as a multitude of cousins and extended family she was extremely close to. She was preceded in death by her beloved Papa Wayne Fischer, “Uncle” Jim, and Great-Great Grandmother, Claudia Fels.
Payton forever changed all those she met. Many say it, but to meet Payton was encountering an earth angel and the minute she smiled at you and her eyes met yours, you knew you just experienced something heavenly. Her soul was selfless and kind. Once even turning back on a busy freeway to give her last dollar to a homeless man, she desired the world to be a gentle place. One where love is all we saw – and that being ‘present in awareness’ meant making the most of every moment when you’re in it. Drinking in the imagery of life itself. She was unafraid to lead when necessary and created a personal reputation of caring for others through her relatable, inner light. Payton will be thought of continually by us all forever. Remembering how she has touched each of us in so many facets, like a diamond in the sky, her bright soul shines and illuminates us. Her Mother, Heather wrote poem and loving tribute to Payton:
In loving memory of, My Baby Payton Marie,
You are missed greatly and will always be.
I’m holding on tight, and won’t ever let go,
Of your beautiful, kind amazing soul.
Grandma Cyndi and Glenn, Jesse, Nanny Kat and Jack, Nanny Linda and Ted,
Chris and Jennie, Brock, Todd, Emma and I,
Promise to live, in the same light you did,
Always willing to help others, and care for each other.
Today is hard, but knowing you’re not that far, just above us in heaven,
With Papa Wayne, Grandma Fels, and all the stars⭐️,
When thinking of you, I’ll chose not to turn blue,
But remember you, just as you are, the most beautiful Star!
With all the love in my heart, you are the first, My Baby Payton Marie!
Love Always and Forever, Mom
In Lieu of Flowers, we are setting up a not-for-profit charity, Paws for Payton. Payton loved animals of all kinds; horses, cows, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, lizards, mice, and yes, even worms! Paws for Payton, will provide all those who knew her and loved her, an ongoing opportunity to honor her in a way Payton will be thrilled about. Her concern for the well being of furry friends and other animals and the unconditional love she showed for them, Paws for Payton provides us that same way to continue her effort and honor her in spirit.
Since Payton spent time volunteering at the wonderful organization, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Farm, working with children and adults with disabilities, we thought it most appropriate for this to be the first charity we donate to. You can donate directly by going to www.manegait.org and click on the DONATE NOW button at the top of their Home page. At the bottom of your donation form where it asks ‘how you would like your gift recognized’ please enter : “In Loving Memory of Paws for Payton Fischer”.
Payton’s recorded service will be available soon.