Ruby Carlisle


Ruby Isbell Carlisle, 91, of Houston, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, after a gallant battle with lung cancer and cardiac issues. Ruby had a warm, loving personality and extended kindness to every person she met. She loved people and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was hardworking and selfless, always putting others’ needs ahead of her own. She worked as a Harris County J.P. court clerk for 40 years. She took great pride in her work and her professional nature was respected by all. She was very active in her church, volunteering her time to recording accounts and providing transportation to those in need. Everyone who knew her loved her.

Ruby was born on Sept. 22, 1924, to Lillie Denman Isbell and Clarence Isbell in Iola. She was preceded in death by her siblings Virgie McMahon, Grover Isbell, Olan Isbell, Bernice Cates, Cecil Isbell, Roy Isbell, James Isbell and Joanne Hollins. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Nelson of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; sister-in-law Hertha Isbell; grandson Maury Nelson and his wife Pam; great-grandchildren Miles and Alex; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Niece Tina McDougald, her husband Randy, great-nephew Micky McDougald and great-great niece Brooke held a special place in Ruby’s heart. Tina was like a second daughter to Ruby and took her to hundreds of doctor appointments over the past 16 years during her fight with cancer.

Ruby’s family wishes to extend their appreciation to the excellent medical teams including Dr. Komaki of M.D. Anderson and her cardiologist of 20 years, Dr. Sayed Feghali.

A celebration of life will be held at Willowhole Chapel on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Willowhole Cemetery. Brother Randy Fowler will officiate. Visitation and lunch will follow burial at The Log Cabin Restaurant (three miles south of Iola) on Highway 39.

Pallbearers will be Clint Isbell, Ricky Isbell, Mike Isbell, Robert Henry, Brian McMahan and Jimmy Whitlee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in her memory to M.D. Anderson.

Day Funeral Home of Madisonville is handling arrangements.