June 6, 1921 – July 4, 2014
Isabelle lived a very long life filled with family and friends, laughter and tears, happy times and sad times. She just celebrated her 93rd birthday at Monte Christos’ Restaurant on June 6 with 32 of her relatives.
Isabella Maud Hayes was born on June 6, 1921 in North Vancouver. Her family moved to Read Island when she was 6 and she had many cherished memories of her life up Coast. She met and married Jim Edgett on Read Island, and then they moved to Courtenay in 1940 where they raised their 6 children. They moved to Minto Road in “Happy Valley” in 1949 then back to Courtenay on Lake Trail Road in 1958 where they ran a farm market and a backhoe business, built two triplex apartments and a mobile home park. Beginning in 1972 she & Jim spent several summers on their boat “M.V. Mamita” patrolling for the Fisheries until they retired and moved to Comox. She lost Jim in 1983 then spent the next 12 years keeping busy with her family, her flower garden, travelling, knitting, doing crosswords and playing 5 pin, lawn and carpet bowling. She was a member of the Order of Royal Purple for over 35 years and she was Honoured Royal Lady in 1983. She worked at the Tuesday Night Bingo for many years. She was also a member of St. George’s UCW, the Evergreen Seniors and the Old Age Pensioners. She volunteered wholeheartedly. She lost her eldest son, Barry, in 1989 following a car accident the previous year. She met Ray Scott in 1995 and married him in 1996. At Ray’s request Isabelle did not change her last name to Scott. He said too many people knew her as Edgett in the Valley as she had lived here for so many years. They had many wonderful trips and enjoyed life to the fullest together. Unfortunately he died in 1999.
She is also pre-deceased by her parents Harold and Maude Hayes, her brothers; Hubert, Harold and Arthur (Bill) Hayes and Ernest and Alfred Lilburn, her sisters; Vera Spracklin, Dorothy Johanson and Hilda Reeve, daughter-in-law Carol Edgett and step-daughter Heather Hand.
Isabelle is survived by sons; Ross (Donna), John (Karen) and Phillip (Jean) Edgett and daughters; Shirley (Dale) Stewart and Lynda (Jack) Hornstein, daughter-in-law; Marijanne Edgett and grandchildren; Jim, Joanna (Brandon), Tara (Mark), Erin (Dan), Munro, Jamie (Justin), Kelsi (Rick) and Colton, great-grandchildren; brand new baby Linden, Brynlee, Niomi, Sonja and Braiden. Also step-sons; Mark (Lynn), Stephen (Debbie), Keith and Mike Scott and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express deep gratitude for all the tender loving care she has received over the last few years at Comox Valley Senior’s Village from all of the staff. You were all very special to her and she loved you all like family. She reconnected with many old friends there and made many new ones as well. Thanks to Dr. Fehlau and all the staff at Comox Medical especially during the years she lived in the condo above the office.
A celebration of her life will be held at St. George’s United Church in Courtenay, July 26, 2014, 1 pm.
Donations to the Order of Royal Purple and St. George’s United Church in her memory would be appreciated. No flowers please.