Born on New Years Day and city of Phila gave big parade every year in her honor. Well, maybe it wasn’t the city that celebrated her birthday but her family certainly did. Most grandmothers languish for company. Not Isabella. Her personality was so bright and cheerful the grandkids visited weekly. She was MomMom, BellBell and IsBaby to them.
She was a good listener, paying attention until family worked through their problems. She didn’t necessarily give advise, just waited until they talked it out. As a young mother Isabella held several jobs- one at a false teeth factory polishing the teeth. If they broke she brought the pearlies home for the kids to play jacks. Another position was with a rug mill and a laundromat. But her lasting job from which she retired was at Frankford Arsenal as a solderer.
Most of her life she resided in Phila. But Isabella found a new home and acquired another family at Greenfield Senior Living in Glassboro. She loved the activities and never said no to a bus trip.
Isabella was a good sport. On Halloween her daughters dressed her in costumes: motorcycle momma, flapper, and a head chef.
She was a model of how to live life well, never speaking bad about anyone.
She and her late husband, Oliver met in the neighborhood. They married and settled on Monmouth St. where they met. They were blessed with two daughters, Gail Clement and Jill Presley. Later came her fan club, a.k.a. her 3 grandchildren then 3 great grandchildren and lastly a great great granddaughter.
Come celebrate 98 loving years Saturday, February 25 from 9a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, where storytime will begin at 10a.m. Burial Green Mount Cemetery, Phila.