For those of you who have been doing genealogy research for some time, you may have been assisted by Alma Ray Ison at the Harrodsburg Historical Society. Mrs. Ison died this past Sunday(12/23/08). She had been a volunteer at the Harrodsburg Historical Society for 30 years. She compiled many records over the years including marriage bonds and Bible records. Her knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed at the Historical Society as she had been a valuable resource. Attached is Mrs. Ison's obituary which was copies from merceronline.
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Alma Ray Ison Obituary (copied from www.merceron-line/obits.htm)
Alma Ray Ison, 95, of Harrodsburg, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.
Born Oct. 22, 1913 in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Nelson Lee and Nannie Lee Royalty Sanders and was the widow of Louis Francis Ison.
She was a former teacher but specialized in genealogical research. She was a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church where she taught Primary Sunday School for 50 Years, National Society of DAR, Kentucky State Historical Society, and Harrodsburg Historical Society where she volunteered for 30 Years.
She compiled and published books containing historical records, the most recent being: Bible Records and Vital Statics published in 2008. She was named Pioneer Woman of Harrodsburg on her 85th Birthday and was recognized in June 1998 for her significant contribution toward historic preservation in Mercer County.
Survivors include: one daughter, Nancy Ellen Reahm of Grand Rapids, MI; one son, Louis "Charles" (Robin) Ison of Harrodsburg; five grandchildren; four great–grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Dr. Robert DeFoor officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Nelson Cleo Sanders, Tom Horton, C.L. Horton, Lee Miller Dean, Jonathan Jenkins, Stewart Ison and Zach Ison.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Cannada Jr., Douglas Brown and David Cannada
Visitation will be from 4 – 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29 and prior to the service on Tuesday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Louis F. Ison Scholarship Fund c/o KY Farm Bureau Education Foundation, 9201 Bunsen Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40250-0700; Harrodsburg Baptist Church or the Harrodsburg Historical Society,
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com.
(HH Thu Dec 25, 2008)