Charlene Isaac

Obituary of Charlene Janice Isaac

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Charlene was born Nov 24, 1978 in Abbotsford BC.  She was a special needs person from birth, and although she did learn to roll over at 6 months, shortly after that milestone she began having seizures.

Charlene spent a large part of her first year at Vancouver Children’s Hospital.

At age of 1 year, the family was told she only had 6 weeks to 6 months to live.  She and God had other plans!

Charlene was two and a half years old when the family moved to Linden.  A change in scenery brought new adventures - such as her older brother letting her go from the top of the wheelchair ramp to a soft landing of coats and shoes at the bottom.  She squealed with laughter the whole way down, as her mother cringed.

Shaine figured out many ways to make her giggle such as tipping her wheelchair and performing wheelies.  Who knew that both of them could be so easily amused!

After attending Kindergarten at Dr. Elliot school in Linden, Charlene spent three years at Horizon School in Olds, Alberta.  She boarded in Olds during the week, coming home on weekends.  One weekend, she came home to a new three year old sister – which is me!

A new sister undoubtedly shook things up as there was one more playmate who enjoyed racing and wheelies.  All of Charlene’s siblings enjoyed playing with the family dog, Shadow, who loved to give her kisses when she had floor time.

Another thing that made Charlene laugh was when her siblings were getting what-for.  While Shaine or I were in a totally different mind-set, she found the stern voices hilarious!  Mom remembers Shaine exclaiming “It’s not funny, Charlene!”

Other things that made her giggle were crinkling wrapping paper at birthdays and Christmas, when family and friends would blow on her face, and the sound of babies crying.

Charlene loved to visit her daddy when he was working, including a special Thanksgiving spent in the field with Uncle Harvey and Aunt Susan.

She was also a fan of the baseball field, where she watch her dad play with the Linden slow-pitch team.

At the age of nine, Charlene moved to the Linden Nursing Home as it was known then.  There, she found a much larger family with many grandparents to spoil her and make her laugh. 

Charlene’s outings became less frequent as her cerebral palsy advanced.  As such, her new home became the gathering place for family and friends on special occasions.  We learned pretty quickly that sparklers on birthday cakes are not a great idea.  While Charlene was unfazed, everyone else was in a panic as the fire alarm was going off!

Her last big outing was at Shaine and Susan’s summertime wedding.  She attended with one of her favorite nurses, Heather Barkman.  Over her 32 years at the nursing home, she received excellent care from loving and compassionate staff.  In turn, Charlene brought joy to the staff by being a great listener, never sharing secrets, and making them smile even when they had a tough day.

For a young lady that was not supposed to live much past her first birthday, she has amazed us all.

Charlene was the third child of Max and Gail Isaac.

Charlene is survived by her parents, Max and Gail Isaac of Linden, her brother Shaine (Susan) Isaac of Linden, their two children Abigail and Max Isaac, as well as her sister Michelle (Jason) Dean of Calgary.

She also leaves behind numerous uncles, aunts cousins, and other extended family and friends.

Charlene is predeceased by her sister, Angela Dawn Isaac, her grandparents Herb and Irene Parsons, and Henry and Margaret Isaac.

On behalf of the family, I’d like to conclude by thanking the staff at Westview Care Community, and to the many family and friends who have provided love and support.

Memorial donations may be made to Westview Care Community, or the Alberta Children’s Hospital.


Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Linden Alliance Church
614 Central Ave W
Linden, Alberta, Canada
403 546 3088
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