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Isabell Wilson earned her angel wings on January 27th at 3:55am surrounded by her family at home. She was born into this world on January 4, 1936, in Camden, Alabama. She was one of twelve siblings born to Frank Reuben and Sara Green. Her journey through life was shared with her cherished siblings Willie Mae, Jesse Mae, Sam Frank, Betty Lee, Louise, and Ben, and she carried the memory of her departed siblings A.I., Robert, William, and Della close to her heart.
Isabell married Willie Lee Wilson on February 17, 1969, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. She was a loving mother to 3 children: Brenda, Melva and Sean. She was further blessed with 11 grandchildren: Damita Diane, Danielle Sara, Anthony Tyree, Chianti Lynn, Wayne Aaron, Destinie Christine, Promise Nichole, Christian Allen, Kayla Mysean, Sean Michael, Elijah Lee, and four adorable great-grandchildren: Nia Isabell, James Lochlainn, Christopher John, Aaliyah Lanè and a baby boy on the way.
With a career spanning four decades, Isabell dedicated herself to the noble profession of teaching, nurturing countless young minds with unwavering commitment and love. Her academic journey was marked by significant milestones, including her graduation from Camden Academy in Wilcox County, Alabama, in 1954, an undergraduate degree from Alabama State University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Pepperdine University in Malibu California. Beyond her educational pursuits, Isabell was a fervent advocate in the fight against breast cancer, serving as an esteemed ambassador for the American Cancer Society, sharing her insights before the United States Congress on two occasions, and actively participating in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation’s Race for the Cure annually.
A pivotal moment in Isabell’s spiritual journey was her pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1997, where she experienced the profound honor of being baptized in the Jordan River. Her life in faith was joyously lived out at Allen Chapel AME, where she served as a stewardess, Director of Lay Activities and Director of Youth Activities, touching the lives of many with her wisdom and devotion. Her annual luncheon for church elders was a beloved tradition, showcasing her nurturing spirit and deep commitment to her faith community.
Isabell’s favorite pastime was working in her garden. Her passion for gardening was not only a testament to her love for nurturing life but was also a wonderful gift to everyone around her. Her rose garden particularly, grew to become something that the neighbors looked forward to seeing on their daily walks. Her life was a beautiful tapestry of love, service, and faith, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege to know her. Her legacy continues to shine brightly, guiding and inspiring future generations with her enduring love and unwavering spirit.