Eliza Jane Lewis, daughter of David Lewis and Elizabeth Carson, was born 18 Jun 1853 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. While still very young, her family moved to Parowan, Iron, Utah. On 26 July 1869 she married Joseph Fish in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Although but 16 years of age, she was possessed of unusual maturity and character and these qualities contributed much to the well-being and happiness of her family throughout her lifetime. "Aunt" Eliza, as she was affectionately known throughout her life in every community in which she lived was one of those remarkable women whose every word and deed radiated kindness. She was a large woman and her big heart was filled with enough love for everyone she knew and with a generous share for children. She had no children of her own, but her great love for children had ample opportunity for expression through the years as she cared for the motherless children of several families. Her husband's first wife, Mary, died when the youngest of six children was two years old and the oldest was 16. Aunt Eliza took over the rearing and mothering of these six children as if they were her own rearing them to maturity. They all testified that no mother could have bestowed more love and care on her own children than Aunt Eliza gave them. Wherever Aunt Eliza lived she was on call whenever there was sickness, sorrow, or a special need. She was truly the "good neighbor" with an understanding heart and could go into any home and give the needed help without causing friction or giving offense.
After a Stake of Zion was established in Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, Eliza and her husband made their new home there. It is difficult for people of our time to realize what little the early pioneers had to work with and how hard they had to work to change the wilderness to a smiling productive land where people could dwell in reasonable comfort. Aunt Eliza came to Snowflake when the town was in its birth-pangs. Her courage, resourcefulness, patience, and foresight added much to the building of this little community.
In 1888, after Mary's children were all reared, Eliza went back to Utah to give assistance to her parent's family. Eliza's half-brother Benjamin Lewis's wife died, leaving him a family of young children. She went to live with him in Circleville, Piute, Utah caring for his family for several years. She also gave assistance to other members of her extended family who needed help. When her husband retired in 1910, he moved back to Woodruff, Arizona, taking Aunt Eliza with him. In 1916 the family moved to Utah and started over again at Enterprise as pioneers of that new community. Her husband died in 1926. She left Enterprise and went to live with her half-sister, Olive Ward, and her husband. A few years later when Olive was widowed, the two sisters comforted and helped each other. Those who knew Aunt Eliza said they cannot find words to pay her an adequate tribute nor to describe her fine characteristics. She was so afraid that someone would have to wait on her in her old age, but she died in her sleep on 10 February 1940 at the age of 87.