Isabel Bickett Marshall, 99, of Monmouth died peacefully at OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
She was born April 24, 1914 at New Concord, Ohio, the daughter of John Wilson and Leoti (Watt) Bickett. She grew up in Roney’s Point, West Virginia, and graduated from Monmouth College in 1936. She then attended Mosher Business College in Chicago and later lived and worked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Isabel married James William Marshall of Monmouth on March 30, 1940, in Chicago; Dr. Marshall preceded her in death on May 25, 1997.
Isabel enjoyed life to the fullest with faith, family, friends and the many community organizations she was a part of; she enjoyed helping others all her life.
She was an active member of Faith United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth where she served as an Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Sunday School teacher. She was a dedicated member of Presbyterian Women USA. Isabel Circle, a women’s group at Faith Church, is named in her honor. A member of Chapter E PEO for over 65 years, Isabel served as its president three times. She also was a member of Alpha Xi Delta, and proudly participated in its local alumni chapter and enjoyed interacting with active Beta Epsilon Chapter members at Monmouth College. Isabel remained connected to the College all her life, serving as Tau Pi Mortar Board president and officer and receiving the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. She carried the love of music from a very early age, from playing piano and singing at churches where her father was minister to promoting cultural events in the local Monmouth community as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Maple Leaf Community Concert Series. She supported her husband, Jim, in his medical practice all her adult life and was president of the Warren County Medical Auxiliary. In 1968, Isabel was named the Woman of the Year by the Monmouth Altrusa Club. She was voted an Ageless Achiever by the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging in 2001 and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2002. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends at her home at 318 East Boston Avenue, Monmouth, where she lived for 62 years. Isabel and Jim reared five children in Monmouth, two of their own as well as the three children of her oldest sister, Mildred.
Those left to cherish her memory are one son, John Marshall, and one daughter, Jane (Buster, Jr.) Kellogg, both of Monmouth, as well as a niece, Alis Creswell Chy of Monmouth, and a nephew, John Ward (Karen) Creswell of Lincoln, Nebraska, both of whom were raised in Isabel’s home. Those left to cherish also include her nieces, Sue Ranney of Boise, Idaho, and Betty Snodgrass (Charles) Herold of Weeki Wachee, Florida, as well as nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim, her sisters, Mildred and Laura Caroline, her nephew, Steven Marshall Ranney, and her niece, Carolbel Creswell Peters, who also lived in the Marshall household.
In keeping with Isabel’s love of hosting family and friends at her home, all are invited to attend a Open House celebrating her life, which will be hosted by her family at 318 East Boston Avenue, Monmouth, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, January 3, 2014. A memorial service will be held at Faith United Presbyterian Church at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Private family interment will be held prior to the memorial service. Isabel’s family will greet family and friends at Faith Church from noon Saturday until the time of service. Friends may call on Friday at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth, during the day. Memorials may be made in her honor to Faith United Presbyterian Church or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at hooverhall.com.