Funeral 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 www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
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.