Ann George was
born on June 19, 1926. The daughter of Helen
and Ormal George she was born in Dayton,
Ohio where she lived until she was three
years old. She moved to New York (for 6
years), off to Cleveland for 2 years, then
to Columbus, where she landed when she was
about 12 years old.
a few years after her move to Columbus,
as a Jr. at Upper Arlington High School,
she met the man she was destined to spend
her life with. Shirl was 15 years old and
Earl William Isaly
was 18, when as she tells it now "I
had my eye on him" in English class,
and "I chased him, until he caught
me". She continued her love affair
with Earl during her senior year in high
school, even though he had been drafted
into the Army, and was sent to Alabama for
Shirley's graduation from high school she
attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
During Christmas break, Earl had his Dad
(Grampa Isaly), give Shirley an engagement
ring on his behalf, and a few weeks later,
on January 28, 1944 in Athens, Georgia they
were married. Several months later, a "just"
pregnant Shirley moved home with her parents
as Earl was sent to his first assignment
was born on April 19, 1945 while Earl was
then serving his country in Germany. Shortly
there after Earl was seriously wounded by
a mortar shell (that blessedly was a "dud")
and sent back home in a body cast. Tom was
2 months old, Earl was recovering in the
hospital, and Shirley found herself with
child again (Chuck),
which really was quite the feat since Earl
was STILL in the body cast (go figure).
Several years later in 1948, after eating
a large Thanksgiving dinner, Shirley gave
birth to her third and final turkey, Patty
of hard work, raising her three children
and taking care of Earl, and after many
moves from Columbus, Texas, Arizona and
finally Florida, she is relaxed and retired
in Sarasota. She is the grandmother to six
children and great grandmother to five.
She misses Earl dearly and feels his presence
daily. She is still enjoying her friends,
a small amount of travel to visit her kids,
grandkids, and great grandkids, the occasional
golf game, scrabble and dinner with buddies
on Saturday night, and visits from the family.
regrets she can't make the reunion, as this
kind of travel is difficult for her. She
sends her family the following message "Other
than losing Dad, I feel I have been blessed
with a long and happy life, and I wish the
same for all of you. Please stay well and
keep in touch".
Shirley Ann Isaly, as dictated to Patty
on April 8, 2008.
Photo Tribute by Ellen Isaly Clark