Isobel Rose was born on Oct 8, 1932 in Claresholm. She lived here her whole life and to her regret, never got to Waterton!
She has 3 sisters, Mae Gibson, Joyce May and Jean Metcalfe and one beloved departed brother, Chuck Gordon. Isobel was widowed in 2008 when Frank died and was also predeceased by her granddaughter Jennifer in 1981.
She was a proud mom and cherished her two children Doug and Sande. Isobel told her daughter-in-law Joan she wasn’t sure if it was worse when they were little and walked home from school by themselves, or when they were teenagers and were always late! The house was filled with the sounds and smells of a home well loved and she never failed to be there for her kids.
And lets not forget Peasoup, Tommy, Charlie, No Name, Rex, Chipper and Kaleigh! Everyone wanted to come back as one of Isobel’s pets. She loved them all, but none more than her dog Rex. Rex liked the rest of the family, but he was Isobel’s dog. The two of them invented going for a walk. They put on hundreds of miles walking in the country, around town and the old Fair Grounds.
Then there was all the camping and fishing. Isobel loved everything from Salmon fishing on her brother in law Jim’s boat off Vancouver Island, to camping with the crew, to trudging up and down the creek to try to catch her fish. And she was pretty darn good at it too! She bested Frank a time or two, and those were the times with the best stories!
Another of Isobel’s loves was the farm. She always said what a wonder it was how Morley kept all the cows, turkeys, chickens and machinery going. She was very sure he worked much too hard. All the time spent with her grandchildren, Brian, Jennifer and Robert made for precious memories.
To Brian and Robert, she was “Ma”, their best friend and her pride and joy. There was absolute delight in each of their accomplishments no matter how big or how small. There were flashcards, games, rides on the 4 wheeler and a lot of laughs!
Isobel had numerous family get togethers. She was a terrific hostess and from Vancouver Island to Chilliwack, Blairmore, Edmonton, Calgary and Stavely to Claresholm we had many great meals, laughs and made some grand memories.
She enjoyed filling her days with her swimming group, golfing, being a TOPS member for over 54 years, a Stavely Royal Purple member and a member of the drill team for over 15 years. Isobel had a wonderful group of friends in her coffee group and enjoyed very much tending her beautiful yard.
Her family doesn’t know how they will ever get along without her quick wit, sunny smile or terrible playing cards.
Isobel will be fondly remembered and missed by all who knew and loved her.
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