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Isabel Gatzenmeier Macomber


1916 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Isabel Gatzenmeier Macomber Obituary
May 21, 1916 - October 19, 2016 Born in Newport, RI our cherished 100-year-old Isabel Macomber was called home by God. Isabel is predeceased by brothers Alfred Gatzenmeier, David Gatzenmeier and sisters Anna Fritz and Margaret Kilroy. Isabel leaves behind her son Frank Macomber and daughters Isabelle McBeth and Joan Macomber, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, 3 nephews and 4 nieces, son-in-law Darren Hansen and daughter-in-law Rose Macomber. Isabel is remembered as a talented, kind and generous person with a ready smile and laugh who would help everyone. She had the strength and generosity to forgive others and was a living expression of God's kindness. All that met her left a happier and better person. During The Depression, Isabel was an art student at Pratt Institute in New York, becoming an accomplished oil painter. There she won a flight scholarship and walked away from a plane accident. As a civilian working for the Navy during World War II, Isabel's art training took her to Hawaii where she became one of the world's first women draftsmen. Isabel worked at the Naval War College in RI and her maps can be found in World War II history books. As a resident of Long Beach for 62 years Isabel worked in aerospace and spent many years with the State of California developing our highways and mapping our Long Beach off-shore oil wells. Isabel encouraged travel as "A trip can never be taken away from you". Isabel enjoyed her family, nature, pets and gardening, participated in the Lakewood Artist Guild and LBCC classes, but will be most remembered for the love she shared and cultivating goodness in ourselves and others. We will honor Isabel at a local memorial (text 562/708-1543 for details) and then placed with her family in Newport, RI. Isabel will always be greatly loved and missed forever by those that had the joy and good fortune of sharing a part of life with her.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 25, 2016
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