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Isabella Jane Shatzer Harding

  • Birth 26 Aug 1907 Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 8 Feb 2010 Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Sykesville, Carroll County, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 47826302

Isabella Jane Harding of Sykesville, MD, died Feb. 8, 2010, at the age of 102. She was one of eight children born to the late Jacob F. and Mary T. Kerr Shatzer.

She married Otis A. Harding in 1929. Otis passed away in 1979.

She came to the Sykesville area in 1925, at age 18, and went to work at the Melville Woolen Company in Oakland Mills. She worked there until 1951, when the Mill was sold to Baltimore City for the Liberty Reservoir. She later worked in Sykesville for the Ridgely Construction Company and then the A.G. Parrott Company, retiring in 1972.

She was a life member and the oldest living member of the Sykesville fire company auxiliary. She took over as treasurer of the fire company in 1942, when her husband, who was the treasurer, joined the Army. She continued as treasurer until October 1945. She was very active in "Gary's Widows," volunteering many hours at Springfield Hospital. She lived in Sykesville from 1929 until recently.

Isabelle was an avid sports fans. She loved watching NFL football and was a former Baltimore Colts and currently a Baltimore Ravens fan. She cheered on the Baltimore Orioles over the years and attended a 1966 World Series game in Baltimore with her late husband Otis.

She is preceded in death by her father Jacob Shatzer; mother Mary Kerr Shatzer; brother John Kerr Shatzer; sisters Jeanetta Hooper; Pauline Webster; Mary E. Greer; Helen I. Brake;Alice E. McClure, Virginia Martin.

She is survived by five nephews: Terry McClure of Millersville, MD; Jeff Martin Fayetteville, PA. and Eric Martin of Greencastle, PA; Gregg Martin of Bangor, PA; John Greer of Marriottsville, MD. Two nieces; Rose Marie Baer of Chambersburg, PA; Bonnie Harding of Severna Park, MD.

I enjoyed my outings with Aunt Isabelle. I would drive and she would tell me how to get to our destinations. Though Aunt Isabelle, lived alone in her own home until age 102, she could no longer drive a car, and only got out when someone else drove. She loved going to Bob Evans to eat and would always get a glass of ice tea with her meal. She was always pleasant to be around. She loved double stuffed oreo cookies.

Aunt Isabelle, you belong to Heaven, and we are comforted knowing that you are with your family and our Heavenly Father. We love you.

In closing, Aunt Isabelle, I would like to say that my time spent with you has taught me what really matters, in life, here on earth. Giving of ourselves, and being there, for those during their time of need is the greatest gift. I am glad that I was there for you and had your best interest and happiness in my heart.

Aunt Isabelle's life was priceless. She was not treated well by all before her passing. I pray for justice for Aunt Isabelle and ask that anyone who reads this memorial do the same. She was such a kind and loving person and deserved to live in a loving home with her family as she so desperately wanted. The words of the bible could not be more true "Money is the Root of Evil." Unfortunately, there are people who value an elderly relative's money more than they value the person's life. This is what happened to Aunt Isabelle. She was an independent active lady who loved life. She was forced to stay in bed, broken down, and put into the grave. Love and protect the elderly, from bad dealings, for they are vulnerable. Advocate for the elderly and lobby for laws to protect them.

A special thank you to Beautiful Savior Is My Lord Jesus Christ ~Rose~ for sponsoring Aunt Isabelle's memorial.


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  • Created by: In Loving Memory
  • Added: 8 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47826302
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Isabella Jane Shatzer Harding (26 Aug 1907–8 Feb 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47826302, citing Springfield Cemetery, Sykesville, Carroll County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by In Loving Memory (contributor 46592182) .