Our sweet Issy unexpectedly returned home to our Heavenly Father on October 12, 2020. She had just returned home to us after faithfully completing her mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was an incredible missionary and was excited to become a seminary teacher so that she could continue to share the gospel with everyone. Heavenly Father has more important plans for her, so He called her back home to help Him teach people on the other side of the veil.
Issy was born in Salt Lake City, on the easiest day to remember: 2-2-2000. She attended Rosecrest Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Evergreen Junior High, and Olympus High. She always wanted to serve a mission, so in February 2019 she entered the MTC. She absolutely loved her mission and loved serving the people in the California Redlands mission and later the California San Bernardino mission. Even with the COVID pandemic making missionary work difficult, she felt greatly blessed to be able to continue and faithfully complete her mission. She returned home on August 18, 2020, to her family that so dearly cherishes her.
Issy radiated her divine nature. She knew that she was a daughter of our loving Heavenly Father, and in turn glowed with love, hope and faith. She lived what she taught and was a true converted disciple of Christ. Everyone around her could see and feel this light and could not help but being uplifted and inspired to do better and be better. She was so smart and sought to know all she could about the gospel. She knew the scriptures so well and loved studying them. The scriptures brought her such comfort, and she was always striving to be more like the Savior. Issy was a wonderful peacemaker. She always told us “Girls, girls, girls, you are both pretty” when someone was arguing, and that always made everyone laugh and ended the argument. Issy was so kind and selfless, and thoughtful of others. She always knew who needed attention and just what to say to make us happy, and she made sure each one of us felt loved and special and included. She only ever had kind things to say about anyone. Her positivity was infectious. Seeing others overcome challenges made her happy. She always stood up for what she believed in and was a true witness of our Savior at all times and in all places. She loved us all unconditionally and did not judge, and it made us all desire to become more like her.
Issy was so full of life. She was such a joy to have around and always brought a smile to our faces, no matter how we were feeling. She had a wonderful smile and laugh, and it was infectious and made everyone around her happy. She was a true goofball. It is rare to see a picture of her without her making a face or flashing a thumbs up or peace sign. Her one weakness was games. Her competitive side was usually hidden, until we got out the games. Whether it was board games or card games, she always played to win and she always did win. It was a rare day when one of us beat her.
She was so talented at anything she did. She was an amazing artist. She loved drawing and painting. Whether drawing funny caricatures of her friends or painting a picture that brought the Spirit, she used her talent to brighten the lives of everyone around her. She painted in all mediums and styles, but the one constant was that they all turned our hearts and minds to her beloved Savior.
As someone recently told us, she was the complete package: smart, sweet, loving, fun, talented, beautiful inside and out. She leaves behind her heartbroken family: her mother and father, Jason and Jennifer; her brothers, Josh, Sam, Max, and Ollie; her grandparents, Emory and Laurel, and Gary and Beth; her aunts, uncles, and cousins. She will also be missed by countless friends, ward members, neighbors, missionaries, and so many others. We know she is preparing a place for us, and will greet us with a big smile, a big hug, and a big thumbs up when we get there.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no viewing, and her funeral will be held with family only on October 24, 2020, at 11:00 AM. The funeral will be broadcast on the Holbrook Mortuary website so that anyone can watch. Scroll to the bottom of this obituary at 11:00am on Oct 24th to watch the funeral service live. Shortly after the service concludes an audio recording of the service will be posted on this webpage for future playback.
We will dearly miss our beautiful Issy. We don’t always understand the heartaches of life, but we do know that this was all part of our loving Father in Heaven’s plan. She had a strong desire to share her testimony and knowledge of the gospel and the plan of salvation with others. We take comfort in the fact that she will now be able to continue her missionary service on the other side of the veil. We love you and are so proud of you Issy. Go get em’ girl!