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Claudia Jean Isley

Claudia Jean Isley

During the past few years, my Grandma Claudy has gone from Grandma to one of my best friends. It’s rare we go a few days without an email or phone call and her sound life advice is something I’ve leaned on heavily as I made life transitions. She knows the details of my life possibly more than anyone else and always asked the right questions – always. I’m decently sure she could give T a run for his paper as a journalist.

She’s also the most enthusiastic fan of Rural Gone Urban.

If you’re an avid creeper, you’ve seen her comments on posts. What you don’t see is that they’re always followed up with by an email and most often a phone call. “I just read it like I’m there. Write more adventures, Brookie.”

So for my biggest blogging fan, I write this post.

My grandma passed away this week. Through tears, I seek peace knowing that in the end, she won. No, she didn’t have a long, painful battle with an illness. She had a minor surgery that went terribly, terribly wrong. But, she won.

You see, right now she’s rejoicing in heaven with our Heavenly Father and her son, my earthly father.

She gave me my infamous “k. bye.,” my nose, my ridiculous laugh, my creativity and hopefully – my outlook on life. She was just so – nice. 

This morning I submitted her obituary to the local paper. It seems fitting it could have real-estate on Rural Gone Urban, too.

Claudia Jean Isley
September 25, 1944 – April 21, 2014
Franklin, Indiana

Claudia Jean Isley was a lover of westerns, Saturday girls’ lunch, the color purple and bragging endlessly about her talented and wonderful children and granddaughters.

She passed away on April 21, 2014, and it was fiercely too soon.

Claudia, 69, graduated from Franklin High School in 1962 and then earned her cosmetology license. Her chair became a haven for many; unintentionally but importantly, it made her an instrumental pillar of the community.

She recently retired after 25 years at the Indiana Masonic Home Beauty Shop.

Selfless to her core, Claudia often took cookies to local librarians and firefighters for protecting the Dewey Decimal System and civilians, respectively.

Her family brought great joy to her life. Whether she was exploring new beaches with Chris; sitting on the patio with JR and his wife, Tina; cheering for Sydney during swim meets or watching Gidget marathons with Brooke, her desire to make small moments big memories will leave a lasting impression on those who hold her dear to their hearts.

Claudia, deeply loved by so many, will be missed for her thoughtful nature, sweet giggle and quick-witted personality. Reasonable, honest and kind, her life advice was useful – and uniquely hers.

She is survived by two children, Carl Richard Isley Jr. (Tina) and Christina René Isley, and two grandchildren, Brooke Isley Clay Haney (Travis) and Sydney Isley.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Wreatha Liss; sister, Crystal States; and son, Charlton Ronald Isley.

Rev. Charles Stanley will preside over the memorial service on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2 p.m at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 North Morton Street, (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin.

Friends may call on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you donate to the Johnson County Public Library overdue book fund and to do for others before you consider yourself, laugh until it hurts, find joy in seemingly small moments and spend a Saturday morning watching westerns.

Today, I hope you can make a small difference in someone’s life. Do it for Grandma Claudy.

k. bye.


  1. This is beautiful, Brooke. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for your family.

  2. Andy Barth

    This is a beautiful tribute, Brooke. Praying for you and your family.

  3. Great way to use the talents you inherited and have worked to nourish to write this tribute! I think the long term tribute is living in a way that honors our loved ones that have gone before. God will give you the strength to keep doing that!

  4. Aunt Jacky

    Brooke, What a wonderful tribute to your Grandma. So many grandparents could only dream of a grandaughter being able to write such beautiful words. I’m sure you were as much of a blessing to her as she was to you. And remember that she will always be with you in your heart. You can still talk to her and will feel her presence. We are so sorry for your loss. Love, Aunt Jacky and Ray……

  5. Such beautiful words for your grandmother from the 317. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Brooke.

  6. Kathy Houret

    This was a lovely testimony of your grandmother. Most grandchildren don’t have such a close relationship with their grandchildren. I’m sure you will treasure your memories.

  7. Kathy Houret

    I’m sure you understood that I meant most grandchildren don’t have such a close relationship with their grandmothers. (Nonetheless I felt the need to clarify.)

  8. Lauren Thornton

    So sorry honey… What a beautiful tribute to her. I’m sure she’s bragging about it now. Hope to see y’all soon

  9. Amy Gazaway

    My heart goes our to you, Brooke. I know how much she means to you, and I’m confident she’s smiling down on you. Prayers to you for peace and comfort as you continue to celebrate her life.

  10. Myrna (Isley) Makielski

    Brooke, I am so sorry to hear that Claudia is gone. Your Grandma was my cousin and She – indeed – was a wonderful person. This was a beautiful tribute, and if she was anything like I remember, (and I am sure she was) she is smiling down on her beautiful granddaughter. Remember all the wonderful times and keep smiling – she would want that.
    Myrna (Isley) Makielski — Harlan Isley’s oldest daughter

  11. Lisa

    Beautifully written. She would have loved it and I love you cousin!

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