Obituary: Regina Louise Isbell
Ryan Summerlin June 20, 2013
Regina Louise Isbell died peacefully in her sleep in Alpine Meadows on June 8, 2013.
She was born September 13, 1909 in San Francisco to Herman and Prima Werne, emigrants from the Black Forest region of Germany. She spent her youth in San Francisco and graduated from Polytechnic High School and then earned her teaching degree from San Francisco State University. She survived the great depression living with her mother and working as a substitute teacher. She married Lawrence Frederick Isbell on August 12, 1939, but was forced to wait anxiously for his return from WWII.
They shared a love of dancing whether it was square dancing, polkas or ballroom dancing of the Big Band Era. They also loved the outdoors and frequently visited the redwood forest by the Eel River or hiked up the slopes near Dodge Ridge to ski before the advent of lifts.
Their only son Steve was born in 1947 and they moved from San Francisco to Los Altos on the Bay Area Peninsula in 1953. She remained in Los Altos after Larry’s early death in 1977 and continued her love of dancing, participating in local dance clubs and living on her own past her 100th birthday. In June of 2010 she moved to Alpine Meadows to live with her son and daughter-in- law, Lucy.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law and three loving grandchildren, Jennifer, Nikki and Matthew. One of her favorite spots at Tahoe was the Tuesday night blues at Squaw Valley where she danced with her many new Tahoe friends. Her lifelong motto was “keep on dancing” and she did that to the very end.