|This undated family photo provided by Schriver's Memorial Mortuary and Crematory shows Mary Ann Darling Fischer, who on Sept. 14, 1963 gave birth to the first surviving set of quintuplets in the U.S. Schriver's says Fischer passed away at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. She was 79. (AP Photo/Family Photo via Schriver's Memorial Mortuary and Crematory)|
SD mother of 1st surviving US quintuplets dies
Mary Ann Darling Fischer was born on June 8, 1933, at her grandparent’s farm near Hecla, S.D. She later took a job at a vacuum and oil company and married Andrew Fischer in 1955, according to her obituary.
Before the Fischer quintuplets, only two sets of quints born in the Western Hemisphere had survived infancy. They were the Dionnes of Canada in 1934 and the Dilgenti children in Argentina in 1943.
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