This obituary is a courtesy listing for the Isgett family. Howze Mortuary of Travelers Rest, SC is serving the Isgett family.
Born in Lexington, NC, to Fred D. and Jurline B. Allen on Easter Sunday 1951. Her parents named her Nancy Patricia, but her brother Freddy named her Bunny. She gladly answered to Bunny her entire life. The family moved to Cheraw, SC, in 1960 where Bunny grew up and met her across-the-street neighbors, the Isgetts. She finished public school in Cheraw and went to Limestone College where she earned her BA in Elementary Education and was a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She and that pesky neighbor Sam were married in 1973 and in another couple of months from now would have celebrated 50 years of marriage. She went on to teach in various elementary and pre-school grades while Sam was completing his seminary and doctoral work in Louisville, KY, and while rearing their three children, Kristin, Olivia, and Nathan.
The family moved to Tigerville, SC, in 1991 where Sam became Dean of the College at then North Greenville College (now North Greenville University). Bunny took a position on the faculty teaching Developmental English. Upon earning her MA from Furman University, she developed a Freshman Fundamentals course called Turning Point that is still in use. As her role evolved, she became Disability Services Coordinator and worked with learning disabled students and students having academic difficulties. She was much loved by those students and she could be found often “going to the mat” on their behalf. She was likewise loved by her colleagues. She retired after 25 years in 2017.
She loved her trips to the beach, especially Folly Beach, where she would spend hours looking for distinctive seashells, many of which she incorporated into her hobby of making necklaces and bracelets. Literally hundreds of these adorn the walls in her bed and bath rooms (much to her husband’s occasional chagrin). The family tried to get her to sell them, but the only way she would part with any of them was to offer them as gifts to friends and family. She often said they were too much like her own children to put up for sale.
Maybe the only thing Bunny loved more than all these was the mutual adoration of her four grandchildren, Sam and Sophie, and Miles and Spencer, by whom she was only, ever called “Nana”.
Bunny was predeceased by her parents and her stepfather, R. L. “Buck” McPherson, a stepbrother, Mack McPherson, and her brother, Fred D. Allen Jr. She is survived by her husband, Sam Isgett, of the home, a daughter, Kristin Isgett (Helena Meeks) of Taylors, a daughter, Olivia Isgett-Rubin (Greg) of North Charleston, and a son, Nathan Isgett (Christina) of Amman, Jordan, four grandchildren, Sam and Sophie Rubin, and Miles and Spencer Isgett, brothers-in-law Chris Isgett (Jenny) of Columbia, and David Isgett of Charleston, a sister-in-law Mary Jo Isgett of Columbia, and numerous nieces and nephews. She and niece Christine Sunamoto were especially close.
A celebration of Bunny’s life will be held Sunday, March 19, at 3:00 pm, at Howze Mortuary in Travelers Rest. The family requests in lieu of flowers the memorials be made to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and/or North Greenville University.