Regina Helen Isom

Regina Helen Isom

Regina Helen Isom, 91, of Charleston, and formerly of Carbondale, died peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family at her side on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

She was born on July 21, 1929, in Grand Chain, the daughter of Sylvester and Lena Kirchner Ulrich. 

She married Billy Victor Isom on Feb. 21, 1953. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2016, following 63 years of marriage. 

She is survived by a loving and devoted family: two children, Andrea “Angie” Hoffman and husband Frank of Bloomington and Carl “Gene” House and wife Bonnie of Brewster, Wash.; three grandchildren, Jessica Johnson (Dan), Carrie Bonner (Jeremy) and Garrett Hoffman; three great-grandchildren, Michael Bonner and (Julie), Riley Moser and Kaitlyn Bonner; two nieces and a nephew and their families, Gela Wilson (Duke), Tammie Langston (Jimmy) and Tim Hard (Cathi).

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Kathleen Hard; and two brothers, Robert and Charles Ulrich.

She was a graduate of Grand Chain High School. She was a woman of faith and a long-time member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, where she enjoyed being a part of the 50-plus Club and a woman’s fellowship group. 

She cherished her role as a wife, mother and grandmother. 

She had a flare for decorating and creating a warm and comfortable home for her family and guests. 

The changing seasons would always be celebrated with the appropriate seasonal decorations that she would often make or sometimes find. Many beautiful wreaths and décor bore witness to her painting and crafting talents. 

She was a skilled seamstress who could create just about anything, and she did. Many stitches of love bind together yet today her beautiful quilt creations which now adorn many beds in the homes of her family members. 

Her hobby of baking and decorating cakes soon turned into a successful business. Many weddings and birthdays were celebrated with her beautiful cakes that were topped with the best icing in the world that would satisfy any sweet tooth. 

She was quite the shopper, especially when it came to antiques and she was adept at any restorations that might need to be made. 

She always found time to enjoy traveling with family and friends and it was her generosity and warm and affectionate spirit that gained her many special friends. Among them were Leland Becker and Jolene Whitley, and the three were often referred to as the three amigos.

Her husband, children and grandfather were blessed with the very best wife, mother and grandmother, who made their lives better through love and devotion. Warm and loving memories of her will always be treasured. 

Graveside memorial services honoring the life of Mrs. Regina H. Isom will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at St. Catherine Catholic Cemetery in Grand Chain. A luncheon will be served at noon at the Grand Chain School. 

To leave a message or share a memory with the family, visit 

Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak is in charge of arrangements.

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