Isabelle Knowlton ATWOOD

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ATWOOD, Isabelle Knowlton
Isabelle Knowlton Atwood of Mansfield, passed away on August 29, 2012 after a brief illness. She was the twin daughter of Harold and Martha Halvorsen Atwood, born November 24, 1918. Her twin, Harriett Cross Atwood, died in 1984. Isabelle was the last member of her family to carry the Atwood name and to live on Wormwood Hill where her ancestor, Thomas Atwood, settled in 1739. She attended all eight grades in the little red schoolhouse on Wormwood Hill, across the road from her home. After Windham High School she entered Willimantic State Teachers College, now Eastern Connecticut State University. After briefly teaching elementary school, she became the head of the Accounts Payable Department at the University of Connecticut, a position she held for many years. In 1992, she retired from the University as Assistant Vice-President for Finance. Isabelle led an active life professionally and in community service. She was a founding member of both the Mansfield Historical Society and Joshua's Tract Historic and Preservation Trust and devoted much energy towards their causes. She also chaired the Mansfield Cemetery Committee, served on the Mansfield Beautification Committee, as well as on many other boards and committees in Mansfield and the University. She attended all of the home women's basketball games.
At Isabelle's request, her burial will be private and there will be no memorial service. Anyone wishing to make memorial contributions in her name may contribute either to the Mansfield Historical Society (P.O. Box 145, Storrs, CT 06268), or Joshua's Trust (P.O. Box 4, Mansfield Center, CT 06250.) For an online memorial guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 31, 2012
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