Isabelle N. Elmer, a former resident of Three Rivers, passed easily from her earthly body on Monday, December 9, 2019. She had been with us 96 years!
Isabelle lived in Three Rivers from 1969 until 2013 when she moved to Visalia where she had more assistance at the retirement community of Quail Park.
Isabelle was born September 1, 1923, in Salina, Kansas, to William and Helen Neal. She married Harold S. Elmer on March 11, 1945. She graduated from Kansas State University and later gained a teaching degree in California.
She was a teacher and later director of a preschool at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverside, California. Isabelle worked as the kindergarten teacher at Three Rivers Union School for five years.
Isabelle and Harold enjoyed traveling and often took their two daughters, Susan and Nancy, camping in the Sierra. Harold was an entomologist for the University of California. They moved to Three Rivers in 1969 as Harold’s position moved to the Lindcove Field Research Station.
Harold died March 27, 1991. Isabelle married Richard S. Collins in 1998. They had eight wonderful years together, living in Three Rivers and traveling globally often. Richard died in 2006.
Isabelle had a remarkable rapport and kind patience with young children. She had a devotion to her faith and focused much of that on her beloved church, Three Rivers Community Presbyterian, where she was a deacon for many years.
Isabelle belonged to the Three Rivers Woman’s Club, Book Club, and was a member and volunteer at Three Rivers Historical Museum. She endeavored to help in other venues locally that were related to environmental protection and the love of classical music. It goes without saying that she was a marvelous light of energy for the Three Rivers community.
Isabelle had a commitment to the protection of the environment and was obsessive about recycling and reducing unnecessary consumption. She was super proud to drive a hybrid vehicle the first year they were available. She was an excellent seamstress, homemaker, weaver, gardener, and cook. She was often awestruck by the beauty and peace of nature.
Isabelle is survived by two daughters, Susan Lovit of Sedona, Arizona, and Nancy Elmer and husband Ismael Abdolahi of Pahoa, Hawaii; stepdaughter Dana Moriarty of Fairway, Kansas; two granddaughters, Dhanya Falkenstein and Quincy Rusich; and great-granddaughter, Adahlia Claire Whittemen. She is also survived by many beloved friends and caregivers.
Isabelle’s family is missing her very much and know that she touched many lives with her positive outlook on life, her laugh, generosity, and her love. Isabelle — “Is” — was most loved and revered by all who had the blessed fortune to know her.
Memorial services will be held at the Three Rivers Community Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 21, 2020.