Isom, Anita Dawn, 79, of Webster Groves, Missouri, lost her impassioned struggle with life on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
She was born Nov. 7, 1940, in Gardner, Illinois. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Vera (nee Seabert) Schultz.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Isom Sr. of Webster Groves, Missouri, and five children: Victoria (Sheri) Kanter from Naperville, Illinois; Lori (Jerry) Crenshaw from Colleyville, Texas; Ronald Jr. (Cindy) from Lexington, Kentucky; Roland from Belleville, Illinois; and Lowell (Susan) from Webster Groves, Missouri. Her three sisters: Pat Stanley from Rock Falls, Illinois; Jane (Jim) Smiley from Las Vegas, Nevada; and Cindy (Richard) Etz from Dunedin, Florida. Her brother-in-law, Lowell Jr. from Fairview Heights, Illinois. Her eight grandchildren: Lucy Crenshaw, Clara Crenshaw, Aubrey Crenshaw and Ella Crenshaw from Colleyville, Texas; Nita Isom, Everett Isom, and Artan Isom from Webster Groves, Missouri; and Aidan Isom from Lexington, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Norbert, from Holiday Shores, Illinois.
As a young singer and musician, Anita was a member of the Schultz Trio with her brother and sister and traveled aboard the U.S.S. Opportune (ARS-41) to entertain overseas military troops in Greenland. She was also a performer in the oldest collegiate circus in the United States for the Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University. Anita was married to her beloved husband Ronald on Aug. 18, 1962, and was looking forward to their 58th wedding anniversary. Anita showed a tenacity for life and music, and a deep love for her husband, her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Charitable contributions can be made in Anita's honor to the Philharmonic Society of Belleville, 116 N. Jackson, Belleville, IL 62220.