Isabelle Pagett


Isabelle Rogers Pagett, 101, passed away peacefully on the evening of Oct. 5, at Arbor Acres United Methodist Church Retirement Community in Winston-Salem.

Her husband, Robert Walton Pagett, preceded her in death on July 18, 1961, as did her daughter, Rebecca Jane Pagett on April 27, 2017, and stepdaughter, Mary Pat Roberts (Richard) on Jan. 30, 2021.

Isabelle was born to George and Fannie Rogers, Feb. 16, 1920, in Webster, N.C., located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. 

The seventh of eight children, she was preceded in death by sisters, Clara Bryant, Leona Caudle and Lavenia Page; and brothers Paul, Alvin, Claude and Coy Rogers.

She is survived by sons, James Rogers Pagett (Zoraida) of Pittsboro, N.C., and Edward Eugene Pagett (Cherie) of Alexandria, Va; grandchildren, James Rogers Pagett Jr. of Columbia, S.C., Jennifer Rose Pagett Stricklin of Winnetka, Ill., Cristina Maria Pagett of Evanston, Ill., Ruth Pagani of Washington, D.C., Zachary Altman Pagett of Lake Worth Beach, Fla., and Shantry Beth Pagett of Rochester, N.Y.; and great-grandchildren, Sarah Northey Pagett, Lillian Grace Pagett, Donald James Stricklin, Harold Walton Stricklin, Coryell Pagett Semans, Kinsley Altman Pagett, Kyan Guy Thompson, Adriana Donati Allen and Andrew Rivera; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also is survived by stepson. Robert Bethune Pagett (Mary Jane) of Barnwell, S.C.; as well as many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Isabelle came to Winston-Salem in 1937 and joined First Baptist Church, where she became active with young adult groups. Thereafter, she joined and for 73 years was a faithful member, known and loved by all, of Ardmore United Methodist Church. A dedicated and respected member and Worthy Matron of the Old Town Chapter #355 (previously Twin City Chapter #60) of the Order of the Eastern Star for 72 years, she also joined the Twin City Chapter #60 of the White Shrine, and held various leadership positions in each. She was the salutatorian of her Webster High School class and the recipient of Meredith College’s Baptist Student Scholarship.

In 1941, Isabelle met her future husband, Walton, at the Anchor Company, where she was employed as a seamstress. She and Walton were married in May 1942 in Bowling Green, Ky., and lived in the Twin Castle Apartments in Ardmore until buying a home nearby.

Widowed at 41, she drew on her innate strength and faith in her Lord and transformed herself from the homemaker who had never learned to drive into a successful real estate broker and investor. Always busy in the service of others, she worked unceasingly into her 90’s, canning, baking, quilting, sewing and even mowing her own yard! She was dedicated to visiting, with special attention to shut-ins and those in need, and never arrived empty-handed.

Isabelle was a generous and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who practiced the art of newsy, affectionate, encouraging cards and letters. She was an inspiration to her family and everyone who knew her, and she will be remembered with so much love and dearly missed.

A family graveside service will be held on Oct. 23, 2021, and a memorial service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Ardmore United Methodist Church or the Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community.

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