"Our volunteer doctors take one day a month to be on call, and in the middle of her busy practice, she was willing to donate one day a month," said Dr. Payne. "She felt so strongly about the mission of the hospice that she became a constant presence. She was someone you could really depend on."
A resident of Columbia since 2007, Dr. Hissey was an avid bridge player.
Her husband of 18 years, William David Hissey, her high school sweetheart who was a senior engineering specialist at the National Security Agency, died in 2005. An earlier 16-year marriage to Dr. Michael Hayes, a Baltimore physician, ended in divorce in 1981.