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Charlotte Isom Getty


1929 - 2010 | Obituary Condolences
Charlotte Isom Getty Obituary
ROME - Charlotte Isom Getty, 81, of N. George Street in Rome went peacefully to the lord on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 after a long, courageous fight, against Alzheimer's Disease. For the past 2 1/2 years Charlotte has been a resident of Rome Memorial Hospital's Health Care Facility.
Charlotte was born in Oneida, N.Y. on March 20, 1929 to Roswell Parks and Wilda Wright Parks. Upon the death of her father, she and her siblings went to live with her beloved grandparents on Quality Hill in Canastota, N.Y., often reminiscing fondly about her years spent there. She attended Canastota schools and graduated from Canastota High School in 1946. She later relocated to the Rome area, where she met and married Eugene "Zeke" Isom on Aug. 21, 1948. Zeke passed away in September of 1980. In 1993, Charlotte married Charles R. Getty.
Charlotte gained many lifelong friends and admirers through her early professional career first as a secretary for Revere Copper and Brass, later on, becoming a hairdresser after putting herself through beauty school and opening up her own salon. Charlotte worked in the City Clerk's Office where she became the first female City Clerk in the City of Rome's history. She faithfully served the State of New York for nearly 22 years as Executive Assistant to Senator James H. Donovan and then to State Assemblyman William R. Sears. Upon retiring from state service, Charlotte and daughter, Mary Beth Isom took a chance on their lifelong dream and opened A Touch of Country Gift Shop on N. James Street in Rome. Many old and new friends will remember the quaint shop, which they operated for three enjoyable years. Charlotte, never one to shy away from hard work, obtained her realtors license and began yet another facet of her very fulfilling life, selling homes for Century 21.
Charlotte could always be counted on to volunteer her time and talents for the betterment of City of Rome life. She was very active within the well-known TWIGS charitable organization here in Rome and could often be found volunteering behind the snack bar operated by the Twigs inside Rome Memorial Hospital. Charlotte was also a devoted Catholic and parishioner of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church where she served on the Parish Council and was a Trustee of the Church for several years. In addition to serving on many committees associated with the Church, Charlotte also volunteered many hours as a Religious Education Instructor in the church's parish center. Charlotte even had the pleasure of teaching her own beloved grandchildren prior to retiring from this calling. Charlotte was very active in the Republican Party and a member of the Republican Women's Club as well as a member of Teugega Country Club and The Rome Home, a member of the Rome Catholic High Booster Club during her daughters' high school years and then helped make pies as a "grandparent volunteer" for several years while her grandchildren and great-grandchild attended Rome Catholic. She also served as a Commissioner of the Rome Housing Authority for many years. Charlotte truly loved and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and spending time in her beautiful garden.
Charlotte leaves behind her loving family; daughters, Pam Blue and Mary Beth Isom, Jean Isom Grande and husband, Michael, Joan Isom Marquette and husband, James, all of Rome. In addition Charlotte is survived by eight grandchildren; Michael Blue, Allison Blue, Tim and Hillary Blue, Megan and Brian Adey, Kathryn Marquette, Jason Grande, Erin Grande, and Ashley Grande, four great-grandchildren: Colton, Ethan, Dylan and Ella all of whom she loved dearly. Charlotte is also survived by her husband, Charles and predeceased by her infant son, James Joseph and infant granddaughter, Elizabeth Sullivan; her brother, Fred Parks and two sisters, Barbara Clark and Clara Jean Bass.
The family would like to thank and acknowledge the care and support of the Rome Memorial Hospital staff especially the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, 2 North and the Residential Health Care Facility. Special thanks and appreciation to Drs. Shuban Moza, Restituto Acosta, Luis Rodriguez-Betancourt, Kesava Potluri and Wael Muakkassa, and her dear friend, Dr. Srinivasar Mani of Utica.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in St. Paul's Church, Rome. Burial in St. Peter's Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Strong and Burns Funeral Home, 401 N. George Street, Rome. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Charlotte's name to Rome Catholic School at 800 Cypress Street, Rome, N.Y. 13440 or the Michelle Adey Fund at 8572 Teugega Point, Rome, N.Y. 13440.
Published in OneidaDispatch.com on Nov. 19, 2010
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