Irene Wiley

Obituary of Irene Isaac Wiley


Ms. Irene Wiley, daughter of Edmond and Willie (Pounds) McKeller in Tupelo, Mississippi, on May 18, 1911. It was there that she made an early confession for Christ. She was also married to Leroy Isaac and David Wiley, who both deceased. In the 1930’s, Irene moved to Malden, Missouri, where she resided for a number of years. She also lived briefly in Kokomo, Indiana. However, it was that small family farm in Malden that Irene held near and dear in her heart throughout her entire life.

Sharp and quick-witted with a sound mind to the very last, many of the stories she so often loved to tell about family centered around that time of farming and fishing. While catching fish and eating fish was her passion, she was equally passionate about people, so much so that anyone who ever met her never soon forgot her. As a homemaker, she will be remembered as daughter, sister, mom, sister-in-law, confidant, grandma, great-grand, great-great-grand, aunt, and great-aunt. While her story is vast and long with the highs and lows so common to all of us, it must be said that she never let the lows keep her down nor the highs puff her up. Without excuse, she was just her down-home self every day of her natural life.

Nevertheless, as the Good Lord would have it, she was preceded in death by her son, Tommy L. Isaac; brother, Jasper McKeller; and sisters, Rilla Mae Pittman and Addie Roebuck.

Survivors are daughter-in-law, Janie Isaac; grandson, Jeffrey (Audry) Isaac; granddaughters, Sandy Davis and Tyla Reynolds; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and many relatives in Detroit, Michigan.

During her last days, there are some very special people who were faithful daily in calling on Irene at the Wesleyan Health & Rehab Center who deserve special mention: Minnie Cole, Clarence and Paulette Cole, Mae Hill, and niece, Lillie Roebuck.

As we continue this celebration and sunset of life, let not this point go unnoticed that during this Christmas season of giving and sharing, the Lord everlasting has given Irene her greatest gifts--a new home eternal where there is no more trouble, no more crying, and no more pain.

The family will receive visitors from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with Irene’s funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN. Burial will follow at Grant Memorial Park.

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