OBITUARY

Marnelle Susanne Jones Isaac

15 November, 19519 June, 2021

Marnelle Jones Isaac was born November 15, 1951 in Folkston, Georgia to Edith and Asa Arnold "Sonny" Jones. She grew up on a farm Callahan, Florida, was raised as a "country girl", and was an active member of the 4-H club. She took great pride in participating in the county fair with her award winning cow, Bessy. After graduating from West Nassau High School where she was a cheerleader, majorette, and a clarinetist, she continued her education at Palm Beach Junior College, earning a degree in dental hygiene. Thereafter she worked for James Tyson and Charles Prizzia DDS in Jacksonville, Florida. Marnelle married the love of her life, Fred C. Isaac, on April 15, 1978 after meeting on a blind date several years earlier. Fred and Marnelle moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in 1981 and moved into the home they constructed along with their brand new baby girl, Kori Cameron "Cami". A couple of years later, the couple gave birth to a son, Rodgers Cromwell. Marnelle quickly determined that Christ Episcopal Church Ponte Vedra Beach was a central focal point of the community both theologically and secularly. She immediately became involved with the church becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister, completing the four year course for Education for Ministry, chaired the Shared Treasures outreach program for many years, and developed and installed the church's first Newcomer’s Program, which was implemented by many other Episcopal churches in the state of Florida. Marnelle began exhibiting the signs of Alzheimer's 14½ years ago and on June 9, 2021 she succumbed to the ravages of that disease. She fought a courageous battle and donated her brain to Mayo Clinic to further the advancement to combat Alzheimer's disease. Marnelle and her family are grateful for the compassionate staff and volunteers at Mayo Clinic, Ponte Vedra Gardens, and Community Hospice, and especially thankful for Leila Saoud, her faithful friend and caregiver. Marnelle is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Fred C. Isaac, her beloved children, Cameron Stoddard (Wesley) of Nashville, TN, and Rodgers Isaac (Jessica) of Yalaha, FL, and her cherished grandchildren Aysa Cromwell Isaac (age 10), Jones Wesley Stoddard (age 9), Sophie Frances Stoddard (age 7), and Elias Michael Isaac (age 6), and her brother Asa Arnold Jones, Jr. (Eydie) of Titusville, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on June 17, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32224 or Community Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation of North Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32277.

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Karen Kelly

28 June 2021

Of all the people with family members with Alzheimer's Disease, including my own close family, I have never known anyone so devoted to his wife and caring for her during this terrible disease as has Fred. My greatest wish is that he will be able to say, "I did all that I could possibly do for my precious wife, whom I loved so dearly." How many in the world can say that?

Genetha Fields

15 June 2021

So many good memories with you over the years. Love, Genie

Rachel Hanna

15 June 2021

Fred & family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Marnelle’s passing! I know she was loved dearly & cherished by her family & will be missed! I know my mom ( Josie) misses her time with her beloved “sister cousin”!! Love & prayers to you all!!

Love Rachel & Marc ❤️

Mike and Ceil Brooks

14 June 2021

Fred, we were so sorry to read of Marnelle's passing. I am sure she is in a better place but it is never easy to say "goodbye". We have such fond memories of Marnelle at parties that Sam & Penny Christian hosted. She was always such an elegant, charming person with a heart-warming smile. May she RIP and God bless you and your family.

Best,
Ceil & Mike Brooks

George Jinks

14 June 2021

Condolences.
George and Bonnie Jinks

Craig McCrary

14 June 2021

Good morning Fred,
While reading the Times-Union yesterday, I was surprised and saddened to see Marnelle’s obituary. I had no idea that your family had been dealing with this for the last 14 and one half years. As you recall, I only met Marnelle once, at Suwannee. She seemed like a lovely lady. I will never forget the kindness you showed to me the weekend that my mother passed away. As you may remember, we were at your house and received the call that my mother had passed away that Friday morning. We immediately left Suwannee for Douglas. You , graciously, gave us a free weekend the next time we came down. That is certainly something that you did not have to do. I appreciated that kindness very much.
Gail & I have actually been to Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra. We attended the Whitney Osteen wedding there a few years ago. It is a beautiful setting.
Please know that you and your family will be in our prayers, especially on Thursday.
Take care my friend.
Sincerely,
Craig McCrary


Josie Brooker

13 June 2021

Marnelle and I spent every summer together helping in the garden, assisting our grandmother with the laundry which was an all day chore using a ringer washer and then hanging clothes on a clothesline out in the fresh air! When chores were done we were allowed to play in the makeshift playhouse our grandfather constructed for us. Throughout the years we were close and even called each other “ sister cousin”!
I was honored to spend years with my “ sister cousin “ and felt privileged to spend precious moments with her as she slipped into the horrid abyss of Alzheimer’s . Goodbye sweet Marnelle. I will treasure our memories forever! You were and will forever be our sweet Marnelle and my precious “ sister cousin”.

Dr & Mrs Thomas L Klechak

13 June 2021

In loving memory of a wonderful wife and mother. She will be greatly missed by by everyone who knew her !!💗

Jack Isaac

13 June 2021

Fred,
Sincere condolences to you and family.
Jack and E evelyn

Susan Halil

12 June 2021

Beautiful Marnelle will always be a vision of poised confident loveliness. I did not know about the country girl or Bessy, but my dental hygienist friend and President of NorthEast Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association from the late 70’s was quite a statement! Her involvement at Christ Church obviously promoted continued growth and development; The Newcomers’ Project was totally a Marnell project. Marnelle’s love and caring ways will continue to outreach eternally…peace and comfort to all.

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