Isabelle W. Townsend passed away peacefully on Monday December 27, 2021 at her home in Stuart Florida with her youngest daughter Cindy, by her side, after a long illness. She was 84 years old. Isabelle was predeceased by her parents and her loving husband of 55 years, James E. Townsend who passed away December 9, 2020.
Born July 18, 1937, the only child of Isabelle Foy Weber and William Vincent Weber, she attended Fairleigh Dickinson and Vassar College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to have a successful career teaching English for 28 years within the Goshen and Middletown Public Schools, retiring in 1991. She was a truly inspirational teacher, who took great pride in her students and hoped to pass on her love of reading to them.
Once retired from teaching, she went on to become an award-winning real estate agent working with her oldest daughter, Isabelle, at Century 21 Morrison Realty. She and Jim traveled extensively visiting such places as Bermuda, St. Thomas and Africa and enjoyed adventures like white water rafting and hot air balloon rides. They spent and enjoyed time sailing and boating with their friends, going on cruises and taking in the sunsets at their homes in North Carolina and Florida. She loved to entertain and enjoyed life to the fullest with family and wonderful, loyal friends.
Isabelle had an unquenchable passion for books, gardening, cooking, and having fun. She loved to travel, shop and being on the go. One of her favorite things to do was to accessorize and in more recent years she took great pleasure in shopping for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was looking forward to her youngest granddaughter’s upcoming wedding. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed active membership in the Republican National Committee and was a past member of the Middletown Garden Club and Middletown Day Nursery Board.
Isabelle will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, hardworking realtor and a great friend. Through her positive attitude and good thoughts, she became inspirational to others that were also battling long term illnesses.
She leaves behind daughters Isabelle Morrison (Cory), Cynthia Herbst (David), and Darlene Garland (Patrick), and a son, Gregory Townsend (Jeannie). She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren to cherish her memories.
A memorial service will be planned by her family for April 2022.
Donations can be made in Isabelle’s name to Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, Florida 34997 or 772-403-4547.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, NY.
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