Isabella Lawson Foote

Isabella Lawson Foote (nee Robertson) of Vernon, B.C. ‘graduated’ on July 9th, 2012 at the age of 98 years young leaving behind an amazing legacy of love and life! Born in Mara, B.C. on July 5th, 1914 to John and Margaret Robertson, Isabella was the youngest in the family of seven and although the youngest, came with the strongest zest for life. Isabella spent her growing up years on the farm on Riverside Road in Mara along with her sister, three brothers and cousins. They worked hard but also ‘played hard’ – swimming in the river, playing badminton and going to dances were favorite activities. She was very proud to be a lifetime pioneer of this area. When she was about eighteen Isabella moved to Vernon and worked at St. Michael’s Girls School. Not long after she met Edward Henry Foote at a dance and they were married on June 18th, 1935 in the little church in Mara. They built their home in Vernon in 1936 and she resided in that home Ed built for her until February 1st of this year when she moved to Carrington Place. Isabella was a sports fan – especially tennis, hockey and curling and played badminton until she was 86 years old and every game she played, she played to win! She even won gold and silver in the Senior Games. In earlier years they played a lot of tennis on their tennis court across the street which was flooded in the winter for a skating rink. Isabella was always happy to see friends and relatives drop in and loved to get to know her neighbours. She also enjoyed the many evenings playing cards with their dear friends Dave and Alma Howrie. Isabella was an ‘at home’ mom but in her younger years she packed apples every fall for McDonald’s Packing House and was later employed by Eaton’s Store until she retired in the late 1970s. In the late 1960s Ed and Isabella built a cabin on Mara Lake at Swansea Point – a place they loved and where many happy times were spent with family and friends. She was blessed with the gift of hospitality and many benefited from that special gift throughout her life.

Isabella is survived by her daughter Rita (Keith) Perry and three granddaughters, Heather (Anthony), Charisse (John) and Glynis (Christopher); and Michael and Sasha; twelve great-grandchildren; her sister, Margaret (Madge) and she was ‘Auntie Is’ or ‘Auntie Isa’ to several nieces and nephews whom she held close to her heart. She was predeceased by her husband Ed in 1986; her son Derek in 1978; and three brothers, Robert, Edward and John.

Our heartfelt gratitude to the Interior Health staff for their support, counsel, and care over the last four years – their service allowed our Mom and Grandmother to stay in her home to just about the very end – her greatest desire. Additionally, we thank all who supported her during her final adventure: Carrington Place, the nurses at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Dr. Botha and especially the caring staff at Schaffer Residence at Oakside in Enderby – not only did they provide her with beautiful care but the support to Isabella’s family which will be cherished always. Finally, a ‘great big thank you’ to Isabella’s neighbours for always being there to help out in these latter years –you made a difference in her life!

A Celebration Of Isabella’s Life will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. with a tea to follow. Her desire was to be cremated and buried with her husband and son. A private burial will take place at a later time. Should anyone so desire, a memorial donation may be made to the charity of your choice.

“Goodbye for now, ‘til we meet again.”

Funeral arrangements have been made with


5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5


Vernon Morning Star

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