Isabelle CAREY
1940 - 2021
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September 13, 1940 ~ July 18, 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Isabelle (nee South) at the Smiths Falls Community Hospital on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 80 years of age. Loving mother of Stephen (Barb) DeLisle; stepmom to John (Heather) Vandusen and Ann (Ralf) Siebel. She will be missed by her grandchildren Jessica (Justin) Fentiman and Adam (Melanie) DeLisle. She was the much loved GG of Sativah, Silas, Sophie and Colt. Survived by her sister Mary (Dave) Splane, sister-in-law Eva (Bob) Dryden and brother-in-law Bill White. Predeceased by her husband Earl Carey, parents Bill and Gertrude South, brother Frank South, sisters Jean (late Gerry) Vandusen, Muriel (late Bill) Barill and Anna White. Isabelle will be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours. Isabelle retired at the age of 55 from a career in nursing. She was an RNA at the South Unit hospital in Smiths Falls at the end of her career. She was part of the end of an era with the nurses wearing white uniforms, shoes and cap. Isabelle polished her shoes with white shoe polish every morning when she came home from work. Appearance was very important to her and she was always beautifully dressed, elegant and polished wherever she went. Isabelle lost her husband Cedric Vandusen to cancer in 1990. Isabelle and Cedric had a common interest in motorcycles and Arabian horses which Cedric showed at local horse competitions. Approximately one month after Cedrics' death there was a horrific barn fire and the barn and horses were lost. Isabelle found love once more when she met and married Earl Carey. They met at a dance and started ballroom dancing together. They were a striking couple. Tall and elegant they glided around the dance floor. Isabelle was always a homebody but Earl was able to get her away on a couple of Caribbean cruises which she enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, Earl left this earth in 2003. Isabelle had a full and happy life, enriched with her strong faith in God, time spent with her family as well as her lifelong nursing friends.

A graveside service was held at Maple Vale cemetery on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 11:00 am. Donations in memory of Isabelle can be made to St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Smiths Falls or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lannin Funeral Home. Messages of condolences may be left for the family at

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Published in Ottawa Valley News on Jul. 22, 2021.
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Maple Vale Cemetery
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