Marjorie Isbell

October 16, 1929 ‒ January 29, 2015

Westerville, Ohio

Isbell Roscoe and Marjorie

Marjorie Ann (Newell) Isbell passed away peacefully on Thursday morning January 29, 2015 surrounded by her family at Feridean Commons in Westerville, Ohio.

She was born on October 16, 1929 in Fostoria, Ohio to the late Howard T. and Anna J. (Massie) Newell. She was a retired office worker for the Jobst Co. in Toledo, and also worked many years as a church office secretary.

Marjorie enjoyed flower gardening and loved playing the piano, serving as a church pianist for decades. Marjorie especially enjoyed time spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Together, Mom and Dad had a long history of membership in the Church of the Nazarene, and also of financially sponsoring 4 children, one each in Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, and Bangladesh. This project brought them great joy, and provided wonderful opportunities for four young people – now young adults.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years: Roscoe Isbell. They were married December 10, 1949in Toledo, Ohio. Sons: Tim (& Robin) Isbell of Saratoga, CA., Gary (& Pat) Isbell of Sunbury, OH; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Isbell) & Carlos Estrada, Geoffrey Isbell (& Steve Larson), Ada (Isbell) &Cameron Facemyer, Wendy (Isbell) & Nick Guingrich, Peter (& Sarah) Isbell; 8 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law: Norma Jean Newell of Toledo, and brothers-in-law Marvin (& Kay) Isbell of Monticello, GA, and Harold Jr Isbell of Melbourne, FL.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her brother Gerald Newell.

Graveside services for the family will be held in the Lake Township Cemetery, Millbury, Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral home, Sunbury.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Marjorie and Roscoe’s favorite charity: Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Child Sponsorship, In Memory of Marjorie Isbell, General Treasurers Office, PO Box 843116, Kansas City , Mo. 64184-3116.

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  • We are so sorry to hear of this loss. Some of our best memories as a young family involved Marge and Roscoe. Through their friendship we felt loved and welcomed at church. They filled in as surrogate grandparents for our children with my parents so far away. We enjoyed meals with them at their home and at Bob Evans on many occasions. They were great friends to us and great examples of God’s love. Prayers for Roscoe, Gary, Pat and the rest of the family. We look forward to meeting again when we all get to heaven.

  • Dear Isbell Family.
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Marjorie Isbell (Marge to our family). Our mind goes back to all the good memories of Roscoe & Marge, of our friendship and the years we worshiped together. They were great friends and mentors to us, and gave of themselves unselfishly. They were not only great mentors to the Jordan family, but many other young families in the church. May God continue to bless Roscoe in the future, and also give grace and blessings to all the family. We send our deep sympathies and prayers to all of you. Marge has left the land of the dying to receive her reward in the land of the living.

    Love You All.
    Clyde, Norma Jordan.

  • sorry to hear about your mom.She was a wonderful sweet lady.I have fond memories of her.The slide shows we had with your family ,the Jordan’s.Now I have all those slides.Marge will be missed

  • Dear Isbell Family:

    I was saddened to hear the news of Marge’s passing yet encouraged to know that she is now in the presence of our Savior. Roscoe and Marge played a very significant role in the life of my parents and in the life of my family. They were spiritual mentors, friends, and encouragers. They led by example and showed us the way to be humble, loving followers of Christ. Later on after I got married and became the Minister of Music at the Oregon Nazarene Church, Marge became my musical partner, musical mentor, and colleague. She was the primary accompanist for our choir and for every worship service, along with Mrs. Phillips, the organist. What a team we were! I will never forget Marge (or Roscoe) and their positive influence on my life, my family, and on my church. They are spiritual giants upon whose shoulders we stand and we owe them a significant debt of gratitude. Praise the Lord for their lives and their faithfulness. May all that follow in their footsteps be so faithful.

  • Marge Isbell was a very instrumental person in my life. She was a guide, mentor, and friend to my parents . . . and to me and my sister Debbie. For more than a decade, we served together in music ministry at the Oregon Church of the Nazarene. Marge was our primary accompanist (piano) and also was our Church Secretary, serving under two different pastors. She served the Lord with grace, dignity, and faithfulness.

    Some of my fondest memories are the social gatherings that were held at the Isbell’s home. They used their home as a ministry tool for the Lord and truly had the gift of hospitality. Invariably, after good food and lots of laughter, everyone would make their way into the living room where Marge would sit down at the piano and play hymns and Christian songs and we would sing together with great enthusiasm. I have a hunch that she is likely seated at a perfectly tuned grand piano right now and serving as an accompanist to one of the heavenly choirs! Praise the Lord for the life of Marge Isbell!

  • Margie will be remembered for her devotion to God and the fine sons she and Roscoe raised who are a real credit to society. she will be forever missed but is at peace now and can do all the things she has not been able to do for years. Bless this family and heal their sorrow. Norma J Newll

  • Roscoe and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you . May God bless you and give you the strength you will need to get through this very sad time.
    I know that when you see her again what a great reunion it will be.

    Love In Christ
    Pat Carter Oliger
    Sam and Betty Carter

  • Gary and Pat – so sorry to hear of your loss. It’s so very difficult losing a parent. We’re praying your Dad adjusts after so many years of marriage – wow. Hoping your Dad’s health is OK too. May you feel the peace your mother is experiencing at this time. Take care – Steve & Sally