Isabel Spielbusch

In Loving MemoryFuneral services for Isabel Spielbusch will be 11:30 AM Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400). Visitation from 10:30 – 11:30 AM prior to services. Burial to follow in Sharon Cemetery near Drexel. Contributions are suggested to the Drexel First Baptist Church, or Crossroads Hospice. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Sarah Isabel (Kern) May Spielbusch, (age 94 years, 9 months, 22 days) of Drexel, MO passed away on December 15, 2013 at Black Hawk Assisted Living in Spring Hill, KS. Isabel was born on February 23,  1919 in Miami County, KS to Ray Fred and Ferol (McCoy) Kern. She had three half-siblings: Floyd, Harold, and Opal, and two sisters, Hazel and Fern.

During her preschool years, her family moved a lot including 9 months in Colorado. For the move back to Missouri, her parents drove two covered wagons. Hazel and Isabel came by train with their grandmother. Isabel graduated from Drexel High School in 1937. She married William Harold May on August 5, 1937 at Harrisonville. Three children were born to this union: Ronald in 1939, Sandra in 1940, and Linda in 1947.

Isabel began working at Stoner’s Variety Store in Drexel in the early 50’s. She began working as Kitchen Supervisor at both Allendale at Jingo and Allendale at Kansas City in 1968. Allendale at Jingo later became Wildwood, where she worked until retirement in 1989. She worked with over 100 women and girls at both camps and enjoyed planning meals that she thought would appeal to the campers.

Isabel was baptized in Drexel First Baptist Church in 1946. She was an active member until her health declined. She was a member of Prairie View Extension Club and worked as a 4-H Club leader at Woodland. Her interests included cooking (especially cinnamon rolls), sewing, quilting, gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, and traveling.

Isabel was hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and frugal. She delighted in her family and doted on all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Isabel was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Harold May. She is survived by her husband, Bernard Spielbusch; son Ron May and wife Ruth; daughter Sandra Scheib and husband David; daughter Linda Hash and husband Mike; stepdaughter Bernardean Souders and husband Corky; stepson Kieth Spielbusch and wife Shirley; and stepson Mike Spielbusch and wife Karen. She also leaves behind 24 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

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5 thoughts on “Isabel Spielbusch

  1. Linda, Ron, Sandra & families…. You are in our hearts and prayers. Linda, I’ll always remember your mom’s friendliness and watchfulness when I spent the night with you in high school. Sandy (Sleyster) Ellis

  2. Dear Linda, Mike and family,
    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Linda & Jess Madrigal

  3. To all of Isabel’s family -Mark and I just saw a notice by chance in the Kansas City Star. We are so sorry to miss the service for Isabel, but cannot get there in time now. We hope you know how much Isabel meant to Wildwood and us personally during her years working with us and making so many meals from our kitchen famous. Teachers asked for recipes…kids ate way too many rolls and donuts…real turkey dinners on Sundays…and, oh, those sweet rolls!!! Isabel always went above and beyond to make sure the kitchen was operated with greatest care and love. When we retired from Wildwood in 2000, we had asked that they keep an eye on Isabel, but sadly, we have not kept in touch very well ourselves. We know you all will miss her and we send our deepest sympathies, but what a life Isabel had….so much to celebrate. Wish we could be there to celebrate with you.
    Fondly, Mark and Judy Pallett, former Co-Executive Directors, Wildwood Outdoor Education Center

  4. So sorry for you loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all..Regards Jonelle(James)Shanks

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