Posted On August 21st, 2011 -


Eleanor Fisher Pence passed away at age 98 on August 15, 2011. She was born on September 14, 1912 in Tokyo Japan.

She was raised on the East Coast where she graduated from Smith College and Yale School of Nursing. She came to the islands in 1938 and is a descendant of early missionaries Lucy and Abner Wilcox.

She was an early advocate for Women’s vote and Women’s right to choose. She was very passionate about her community involvement and actively supported many causes such as Planned Parenthood, Hawaii Humane Society, Manoa Valley Theater, Daughter’s of Hawaii, and Mission House.

She was a lover of all animals and helped to start the Poodle Club of Hawaii. She raised monkeys and loved all her cats and dogs.

She was married to the late Judge Martin Pence and is survived by her daughters, Merrill Johnston, Drudi Johnston, Suzy Hemmings of Honolulu and her son Tom Johnston of Sydney Australia. She has 6 grand children and 14 great grand children. The family requests in lieu of flowers a donation to Hawaii Humane Society or Hanahau’oli School.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran