Isabelle quietly passed away March 17, 2011 at the Elizabeth Scott Care Facility, Maumee. She was surrounded by her loving daughters and family members.
Isabelle was born Feb. 22, 1918 in Cecil, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Isabelle was one of six sisters whose parents died when she was in the first grade. An Aunt and Uncle adopted all six girls and raised them as their own. After Isabelle graduated from high school she became a Registered Nurse which eventually landed her in Florida to pursue her career. There, she met her future husband, Harvey H. C. Mahrt, a pilot flying for PanAm. Smitten with one another, they were married within three months of meeting after which they moved to Seattle. Their first child, Patrick, was born in 1944 just before they sailed to China where they would live for the next six years, first in Hong Kong and then Shanghai. After Harvey's WW II assignment with the China National Air Corps(CNAC), he and Isabelle returned to the states and settled in Toledo where Harvey became the chief pilot for Dana Corporation. Once settled, Harvey and Isabelle brought their three daughters into the world. Cynthia Mahrt (Peter) Taylor of Perrysburg, Jacci Mahrt of Seattle and Janis Mahrt (Boyd) Cordray of Maumee. Isabelle was preceded in her passing by her beloved son in 1968 and Harvey in 1969 after which she returned to the nursing profession and worked until 1987. After retiring, she rekindled her love of travel which was capped off by a lengthy, wonderful trip to England with her daughter-in-law, JoAnne Bass Earl, mother of Patrick Alan Mahrt, Isabelle's first grandson. She is also survived by grandsons, Nathan James Mahrt, son of Janis, Oliver Andrew Earl of Virginia, and three great grandchildren. In recent years, Isabelle was very active with the Maumee Senior Center attending "Body Recall" three times a week without fail and she enjoyed the occasional margarita while sharing stories with her old nursing pals. She continues to be an inspiration to her family and friends for her generous spirit, positive attitude and terrific sense of humor. A visitation and brief service will be held Monday, March 21st, from 9:00 A.M to noon at the Coyle Funeral Home on Reynolds Rd. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the caring staff at Elizabeth Scott, Level 2 and to Northwest Ohio Hospice Care. Because it was one of Isabelle's favorite places to visit and walk about, the family has asked that any tributes be in the form of donations made in her name to the Toledo Botanical Gardens.