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Obituary: Isabelle Carlisle Packard

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Isabelle Carlisle Packard died peacefully at her home in San Luis Obispo, California on July 18, 2000.

Mrs. Packard was born August 9, 1925, in Salt Lake City to Harvey Cartwright and Emily S. McDonald Carlisle. She grew up in Holladay, graduated from Granite High School in 1943 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 from the University of Utah in music and French literature. She also pursued graduate studies at the University of Utah and the Sorbonne in Paris. She taught elementary school in Murray and in Birmingham, England for a year as a Fullbright fellow. She married Grant Packard on August 15, 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple and moved to San Luis Obispo, California upon his discharge from the Army in 1955.

Mrs. Packard's primary life's work was her family. She was a loving wife and devoted and nurturing mother. She frequently served large Sunday dinners to extended family and friends, both old and newly-found.

Mrs. Packard was an accomplished pianist, a talent she shared often as an accompanist and soloist for many school, church and community organizations. She gave her time freely to many community activities, including PTA, the League of Women Voters, San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, 4-H and Head Start. She was also an avid genealogist and a voracious reader. She loved to travel, and with her husband after his retirement, visited Great Britain, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Mrs. Packard was a lifelong and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, filling many positions of fellowship and service. She served in the Eastern States Mission from 1949 to 1951. With her husband Grant, she also served missions in Zaire and Congo, the West Indies, Madagascar and the Ivory Coast. She especially loved the people of Africa.

She is survived by her husband Grant; her children Carlisle (Sally) Packard, Agoura Hills, California; Rozella (Mark) Canaan, San Luis Obispo, California; Joseph Packard, Los Angeles; Franklin (Sally) Packard, Big Sur, California; Emily (Robert) Avery, Thousand Oaks, California; Harvey (Juleen) Packard, San Luis Obispo, California; Frances (Gordon) Smith, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Edward (Laura) Packard; Glendale, Arizona; and 27 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Samuel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 24, 2000, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 55 Casa Street, San Luis Obispo, California, under the direction of Bishop James Avery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to United Voluntary Services, San Luis Obispo, or the American Cancer Society.