Jean Isley

ADRIAN – Jean E. Isley, 88, of Palmyra, peacefully went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, December 4, 2012, surrounded by the family she loved.

Born May 22, 1924, in Elyria, Ohio, she was the oldest daughter of Charles and Mary (Humphrey) Bartholomew.  Jean graduated from Adrian High School with the Class of 1941.

Jean was married to John Dowling in 1950, and he preceded her in death in 1968.  On November 25, 1971, she married Jay Isley.  Jean and Jay celebrated 37 years of marriage prior to his death in 2007.

Jean worked as an administrative assistant for Dr. William Hewes and Dr. Robert Birmingham.  She was a member of the Woodland United Methodist Church in Michigamme.  She was also a life member of the Palmyra Order of the Eastern Star.  For many years, Jean served as the Palmyra Township Treasurer.

Jean loved her life on the farm.  She was an avid Detroit Tiger fan.  Most importantly, she treasured her family.

She is survived by her children: Dee (Mark) Crane, Darlene (Lynn) Southward, and James (Laurie) Isley, all of Palmyra; Karen (Tom) Ruesink of South Haven; Judy (Alan) Schmidt of Deerfield; and Joanne (Michael) Roy of Skandia, MI; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and her sister, Maxine Eastman, of Blissfield.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Lawrence.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield.

Contributions in memory of Jean may be made to Hospice of Lenawee for their residence, or Lenawee County Mission.  Condolences are welcome at