Isabel Abbs, 97

Isabel J. Abbs, age 97, a lifelong Sturgis resident, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village.

She was born Aug. 19, 1912, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Davis) Burg.

On Dec. 12, 1931, in Sturgis, she married Carlisle E. Abbs. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Isabel was a homemaker and had worked for a short time at the Wood Motel in Sturgis. She enjoyed “being on the go,” her animals, and especially loved children and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are three sons, Jack (Sarah) Abbs, Jerry (Imadean) Abbs, and Doug (Cathi) Abbs all of Sturgis; seven grandchildren, Timothy Abbs, Mark Abbs, James Abbs, Deborah Owsley, Patricia Abbs, Steven Abbs and Tiffany Abbs; two step-grandchildren: Greg and Nick West, and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Norman, and infant sister, Genevieve.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Isabel J. Abbs will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Mr. Dan Coulson officiating.

Graveside services and interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The family suggest memorial donations be directed to Pet Haven. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Her obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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