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Isabella Isaacs McCutcheon

Isabella was born on the family ranch in Eastern Schleicher County, Texas. She attended many schools in the county, including the high school in Eldorado, but graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville. She attended Southwestern University and The University of Texas where she earned a Masters Degree. Despite having sworn to marry Len Mertz at age 7, she was married on 3 March, 1934 to William Bryant McCutcheon, who was a school teacher at Fife, Texas and had caught the eye of her grandfather Robert Finlay. Bryant became the Eldorado newspaper Editor and Isabella ran a beauty shop. Over the next few years they either both taught or Bryant was a superintendent and Isabella taught in the communities of Briggs, and Florence Texas. They also had a goat ranch on the San Gabriel River.

After their house in Florence burned and their goats were lost in a freeze they moved to Austin in 1947. Isabella taught for many years in Austin Public Schools and state institutions, in such diversified fields as math, Industrial Arts, and Special Education. Isabella loved music and enjoyed playing the piano. The fact that her only living child had no musical talent was a source of consternation for both mother and child. While in Austin they built a home on Lake Travis, which had springs and a creek that provided many hours of immense pleasure. Upon retiring, they acquired a home in Abilene, Texas so they could be near their grandchildren.

After Bryant died in 1985, Isabella moved to Rockwood, Texas, where she would often play piano in the local Methodist Church. Eventually she moved back to the community she loved, Eldorado. She and her older sister Maggie Lee Williams enjoyed ranching, buying out garage sales, and square dancing. A central part of her life was the First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado; she felt like it was truly a part of her, since her dad had dug the original foundation with a horse and a mule. She often said she would crawl on her hands and knees to get to church, and as long as she was physically able to attend church, she would straighten the sanctuary after Sunday Service.

Isabella spent many years in the Eastern star holding positions in several different chapters. One of the highlights of her life was a several week trip to Kenya, Africa and though she was the oldest in her group, she was the only one to make all the tours. Through out her life she spent much of her time encouraging children in their endeavors, many told her in their adult years, that it was her encouragement that helped them at a critical juncture in their life. She was also devoted to both plants and animals and was noted for going to great lengths to save them, even a common gourd. She believed every person, plant and animal was God's creation and should be nurtured and appreciated.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Bryant McCutcheon, son William Bell McCutcheon, her parents Willie Lee Isaacs Sr. and Isabella Finlay Isaacs, three brothers; Willie L Jr., Robert, Leonard and her sister Maggie Lee. She is survived by son and daughter- in-law William Lee and Laura Hobbs McCutcheon of Eldorado, Granddaughter Jamie Catherine McCutcheon Cavazos and husband Sonny and their children Laura Irma Cavazos and Christopher Liam Cavazos, grandson William Scott McCutcheon and her nieces and nephews: Willie Ruth Isaacs, Sylvia Ann Kotrla, Leonard Floyd Isaacs, Kenneth Isaacs, Alice Lee Henry, Robert (Bobby) Isaacs, Dolores Martin, Billy Joe Meredith, Jewel Stewart, Charles T. McCutcheon and Cathy Sneed, as well as their families.. Services: 10:30

a.m., Saturday, 29 April, at the First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado, Texas, followed by a short service at the Chapel at the Eldorado Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memoriam be provided to the First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado Memorial fund.

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