Barbara Jean Isaacs, 87, lifelong Rogue Valley resident, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. from the results of a debilitating stroke suffered Thanksgiving eve.
Barbara Jean Stancliffe was born on Halloween, October 31, 1925, in Phoenix, Ore. to Southern Oregon pioneers Bert and Mabel (Howard) Stancliffe. She graduated from Phoenix High School in 1943, whereupon she embarked on a cross-country train trip to meet her high-school sweetheart, Roby Isaacs Jr., who was stationed in North Carolina in the U.S. Navy. They were married January 16, 1944, in South Mills, North Carolina. They met at Phoenix High School where Barbara was a cheerleader and Roby played on the basketball team. They were married for 49 years until Roby's death in 1992.
The Isaacs' family made their home at various Medford and Jacksonville addresses before settling in Central Point in 1959. They raised their four children in the same Central Point home for 28 years before retiring and selling their house in 1987.
Barbara worked in her father's fruit packing house as a youngster and worked for other fruit packing businesses over the years. She also taught packing school and taught her two daughters how to pack pears. She also worked in the dry cleaning business working many years at Nu-Way cleaners and later at Central Point Cleaners.
Barbara was a huge sports fan and family vacations were often planned around the attendance to a sporting event. In her lifetime she joined her family at many Major League Baseball games, several Spring Training games, the MLB All-Star game, the women's NCAA Final Four and, of course, her own children's many sporting events over the years. The TV was always tuned to a game when you visited Barbara in her home.
In her retirement and after Roby's death, Barbara embarked on several cruises as well as using her free time to volunteer at Providence Hospital and at the Phoenix Historical Society Museum, where she was a proud member and vocal advocate.
Barbara is survived by her four children, Steve Isaacs (Lettie), of West Wendover, Nev., Sharon Isaacs, of Bandon/Eugene, Ore., Linda Berg (Kevin), of Harrisburg, Ore., and Robert Isaacs (Joan), of Central Point. She was also blessed with four grandchildren, Troy and Tim Amburn, and Aaron and Sarah Isaacs. She also left a sister, Beverly Reynolds, of Central Point. She always said that family was everything to her.
No formal service is planned, per her request, but a remembrance will take place Friday, January 4, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Museum, 607 N. Church Street, Phoenix. No flowers please, but memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's name to the Phoenix Historical Society Museum, P.O. Box 1466, Phoenix, OR 97535. She will be interred next to her husband, Roby, at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford.