Marion Isaac, 103

Marion Isaac passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on September 25, 2022, following a car accident returning from her great niece’s wedding in Toledo. She was born August 10, 1919, the eighth child of George and Mary Isaac, immigrants from Bloudan, Syria. Marion was the youngest of six girls and the second youngest of the nine siblings. For most of her 103 years, Marion dedicated her life serving her family, the family business and helping others. Marion graduated from Bryan High School in 1937 as president of her senior class. She was on the honor roll and participated in “Hi Life,” various girls’ clubs, and sports teams including golf. One week after high school graduation, Marion started working as a bookkeeper at Stine Lumber Company for Ross Stine. In 1946, Marion joined the Isaac family businesses working with her older sister Rosa and her 3 brothers Mose, Charles and George Jr. She managed all accounting functions in the diverse family enterprises. For the next 76 years, including Friday, September 23, 2022, you could find Marion at the company office, working in the accounting area. Marion’s business career lasted 85 years.

In addition to her business career, Marion’s personal life was dedicated as a caretaker to her five older sisters and her brothers as they aged. She was also a wonderful aunt to 8 third-generation nieces and nephews. Marion participated in watching their various activities through the years, helping to organize the weekly Isaac family Sunday dinners, summer backyard BBQs for family and friends, and holiday gatherings over many decades. Marion was a lifelong member of The Wesley United Methodist Church for over 80years where she served on various church committees. On her 102nd birthday, Marion renewed her Ohio driver’s license, passing the visual test with no glasses just in case “she needed to drive somewhere sometime”. Marion was quietly philanthropic over many years helping many people that did not know where the financial gifts came from. While unable to attend college, Marion valued education and funded scholarships at Northwest State Community College and Defiance College primarily for first-generation students. The only request is that they “pay it forward” when they were able to in the future to another in need of educational funding. She recently made a contribution to the new Bryan Interactive Fountain in the Bryan Recreation Park that allowed it to be significantly expanded from the original plans.

Marion was preceded in death by her siblings Rosa, Sadie, Mose, Adelle, Gladys, Charlie, Cora and George Jr. She is survived by her 8 nieces and nephews, Charlene DeCamp, Charles (Butch) Isaac, William (Bill) Isaac, Mary Snyder, Richard Isaac, Renee Isaac, George Isaac III and Lynn (Zac) Isaac, many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Friday, September 30, 2022, from 3:00-7:00 PM at The Wesley United Methodist Church, 903 Center Street, Bryan, Ohio. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 11:00 AM at The Wesley United Methodist Church, 903 Center Street, Bryan, Ohio. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan, Ohio.

The family requests in lieu of flowers contributions to The Wesley United Methodist Church, 903 Center Street, Bryan, Ohio 43506.

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