Merle Isaacs
Merle Isaacs

Merle Eileen MacLain Fry Isaacs, 94, Fort Myers, Fla., and formerly of Fulton, passed away at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at her residence.

She was born on Oct. 21, 1922, in Rogersville, Tenn., the daughter of Calvin and Rosa Manes MacLain. When she was one year old, she moved with her family to Kewanna, where she was raised and attended school. She graduated from Caston High School in 1970. On July 17, 1939, she married Donald Lee Fry in Logansport. He preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1971. She married Rollie E. Isaacs in October 1974. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1999.

Mrs. Isaacs worked for many years at RBM/Essex. She also worked several years at Woodland Hospital. She enjoyed reading, fishing, boating and shelling. After retirement, she moved from Logansport to Broaddus, Texas. In 2000, she relocated to Fort Myers, Fla. She was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 67 years and belonged to Fort Myers Chapter No. 31. She had served in many offices with the group as well as Worthy Matron in Fulton twice and in Broaddus, Texas. She also served as District 18 president. While in Indiana, she was active in the Liberty Homemakers Club and in the Fulton United Methodist Ladies Aid Society. Since there were 10 girls in the family, the girls formed their own Sisters Club, and the sisters-in-law also participated. She was very active in her church in Broaddus, Texas, and served as her Sunday school's class president.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Phillip) Leever, Fort Myers, Fla.; her son, David Fry, Jamestown, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Kathryn (James) Freel, Jack Waltz, Ken Waltz, Melody (Mark) Studebaker, Rita Waltz, Kimberly Upchurch, Jonathon Hook, Heather Smith, and Leslie Oliver; 20 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jessie Hines, Ruth Hart, and Emily Brown; one brother, Lawrence MacLain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Donald Lee Fry II; her daughter, Lelia Anne (Jack) Waltz; a granddaughter, Jodi Hook; a great-grandson, Sidney Waltz; six sisters, Mattie Rainey, Blanche Culver, Roxie Fry, Marilyn Zartman, Flo Conley, and Gladys Stutzman; and two brothers, Hugh and Clifford MacLain.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the Fulton Baptist Temple, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Friends may visit from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at Fulton Cemetery, where an Eastern Star service will be observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at