Isla Irene Gearhart was born in Monroe, Michigan on September 9, 1943. She was one of five children from the union of Edna (Barron) Gearhart and the late David Gearhart. Isla attended Trenton High School.
Isla was a hard worker her entire life. She supported her family as a single parent as a cashier for Kmart pharmacy for almost 20 years. Isla was a sweet, kind, generous person who cared more for others than for herself. She relocated to Florida to care for her parents in 1996 until recently after battling health issues she moved back to Monroe to be with her family.
Isla was an avid shopper of all types. She loved to socialize with her friends at the casino, playing bingo and eating out at her favorite restaurants, Big Boy and Red Lobster. Isla delighted in cooking and baking for family occasions and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren who meant the world to her. In her quiet times she enjoyed jig saw puzzles, swinging on the porch and relaxing with her favorite shows, CSI, Law and Order and anything with Chuck Norris.
Isla Irene Basile, age 70, of Monroe, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013 surrounded by her family at Oakwood Southshore Medical Hospital in Trenton. In addition to her father, her passing was preceded by her grandparents and a son: Mark Kellar.
To cherish her memory, Isla leaves her children: Kimberly (Richard) Clear of Monroe, Deborah Kellar of Newport, and Thomas (Kelly) Kellar of San Antonio; her mother: Edna Gearhart; a sister: Beth (Michael) O’Leary of Brownstown; three brothers: David (Vivian) Gearhart and Ronald (Trish) Gearhart, both of Trenton, and Paul Gearhart of Daytona Beach; five grandchildren: Derek Cline, Abby Clear, Jackson Kellar, Brady Kellar, and Alexys Kellar; and one great-grandchild: Paige Gedelian.
Friends and family may gather from 2:00-7:00pm, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185. A Celebration of Her Life will take place at 7:00 p.m. also at Merkle’s with Father Brian Hurley of St. Anthony's Catholic Church officiating. Cremation will follow, with an inurnment at 2:30pm on Friday, November 8, 2013 at St. Joseph Cemetery.
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