Memorial Service for Isabelle & Carl Shanks
May 17, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Newberg Friends Church
Carl and Isabelle Shanks both entered the presence of their Lord within two days of each other. They were married at Springfield (Ohio) Friends Church on June 11, 1955. Commitment and faithfulness characterized their nearly 59 years of marriage.
Isabelle McMullen Shanks was born July 7, 1931 to Albert and Mary (Hadley) McMullen in Wilmington, Ohio, and died April 21, 2014 in Newberg, OR after suffering a stroke. She graduated from Wilmington College in 1954 with a BA in Home Economics. She taught home economics in both Ohio and Wisconsin and later was a substitute teacher for both Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts. Isabelle was an accomplished seamstress, making beautiful clothes as well as creating quilts of all sizes. She loved being with people.
Carl Harmon Shanks, Jr. was born May 20, 1932 in Martinsville, Ohio to Carl and Edith (Brown) Shanks and died April 23, 2014 in Newberg, OR from kidney cancer. Carl graduated from Wilmington College in 1954 with a BS in Biology and Chemistry, received his MS from Ohio State University in 1956 in Entomology and earned his PhD in Entomology in 1959 from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Carl served as a research entomologist for Washington State University in Vancouver, WA. After retiring Carl served as the pastor to seniors at Vancouver First Friends Church, the church they attended for 44 years.
Carl and Isabelle spent the past ten years living at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, OR. Carl tended to 75 rose bushes, helped maintain a nature trail and served as a leader for the Spiritual Care Team which ministered to those who were sick or dying. Isabelle was part of a quilt group, joined various fitness classes and never missed a social. They attended 2nd Street Community Church. Their life in Newberg was filled with serving others and spending time with friends.
Carl and Isabelle are survived by their children David Shanks, Cynthia (Steve) Robinson, and Bill (Becky) Shanks. Their grandchildren are Peter, Katy, John, Sara, Jeff, Molly, Jake and Madden, and one great-grandchild, Samara. In addition, Carl is survived by his brother, Jerry Shanks (Susan) and Isabelle is survived by her brother Jim (Margie) McMullen.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friendsview Employee Scholarship Fund, c/o Friendsview Retirement Community, 1301 Fulton Street, Newberg, OR 97132. This fund provides continuing education for the staff at Friendsview who cared for Carl & Isabelle during their final illnesses.