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Isabelle J. (Mead) McMeans dies at 84

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Isabelle J. (Meade) McMeans “Ma Bell”, “Babe” “Bell Jean”, of Valparaiso and Chesterton, passed away Monday, April 2, 2007 at VNA Horton Hospice Center, Valparaiso. She was 84.

She was born Dec. 29, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa the daughter of Charles Taylor and Irma (Fraizer) Mead, both of whom preceded her in death.

On Nov. 29, 1941 she married Harmon Franklin McMeans, who preceded her in death March 29, 1971.

She is survived by three daughters, Irma (Robert) Zurn of Flippin, Ark., Peggy Parker (George Hamilton) of Lake Station and Marcia Frame of Beverly Shores; a sister-in-law, Claire Mason of Chesterton; 11 grandchildren, Steven (Lori) Zurn of Hawaii, Dan Zurn of Valparaiso, Jamie (Donny) Jessen of Ill., Amy (Dea) of Iowa, Megan McMeans of South Bend, Amy (Richard) Wood of Westville, Holly (Rich) Richards of Wis., Renee (Steve) McDowell of Hobart, Brandon Whiteside of Lake Station, Lori (Jeffrey) Neumeier of Valparaiso, Nicholas Frame of Beverly Shores; 22 great-grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Isabelle graduated from Chesterton High School in 1940 and moved to Valparaiso in 1955. She was owner of Back 40 Tavern in Wanatah for over 20 years. She also worked as a nurses aide in pediatrics and the emergency room at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus. She enjoyed her family and traveled. She was an avid drawer and painter.

Isabelle was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso, Kappa Gamma Sorority and the Valparaiso Moose Lodge. She was a Girl Scout leader and a Boy Scout leader. Belle also taught Sunday School and was a nursery school teacher.

Graveside service for interment of ashes will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at Chesterton Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home.


Posted 4/17/2007