Ann-Claire "Pippy" Isbell

October 15, 1999October 19, 2021
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Ann-Claire “Pippy” Isbell earned her angel wings on October 19, 2021 after a lifetime of overcoming many challenges with strength and grace.

She was born on October 15, 1999 in Durham, North Carolina. She is a recent graduate of Dutch Fork High School where she was loved by all teachers, staff and fellow students.

Pippy is survived by her parents Mary Katherine Grimoskas (Thomas), Dr. David Isbell (Sarah), Siblings: Hailey (Angel), Connor, Harrison, Grant and Caraway. She is also survived by her Grandparents, Dr. Jerry Isbell and Brenda Isbell, Aunts and Uncles; Deirdre Portwood (Dave), Ann Burns (Andy) and numerous cousins on both sides of the family. She was preceded in death by her Mimi, who was there to welcome her to heaven.

Besides spending time with her family she loved the beach, her stylish wardrobe, fuzzy blankets, hair bows, boat rides, foot rubs, listening to stories and music and always being the best secret keeper. You always knew when Pippy was happy because of her sweet smile and infectious belly laugh. Pippy taught us about accepting others for who they are, to love unconditionally, and to persevere through tough times. Pippy lived an amazing life because of the love and dedication of so many. Our family is forever grateful.

We would like to thank---

Pippy’s faithful caregivers---Ms. Angie, Amanda, Heather, Ms. Sheryl, Ms. Sherry and Ms. Christine

Her Godparents Carolyn Peterson and Tony Milan for always being there for her in every way possible.

The surgeons, physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and techs at Prisma Health (Dr. Prest, Dr. Watson, Dr. Hessey, Dr. Jones, Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Gupta, Dr. Hurley, Dr. McRedmond, Dr. Ehreth, Elizabeth Berg, the staff on the Murray Suite, Moultrie Suite, CCU and the STICU)

Great White Smiles (Dr. Eddie Taylor and staff)

Dr. O’Leary, Dr. Todd, Dr. Whitaker and all of the nurses and staff at Sandhills Pediatrics

The teachers aides, therapists, nurses and staff at Stone Robinson (Cathy Wojcik) and Cale Elementary (Tomaja Johnson) (Charlottesville, VA), Nursery Road Elementary, Irmo Middle School (Liz McGee and Debbie Jackson), Dutch Fork High School (Debbie English, Coach Ledbetter, Monica, Vanessa, Gigi, Tracey, Lorena)

Bus Drivers and Supervisors (Dave Weissman, Ms. Bunny, Ms. Beth, Mr. Charles, Mr. Andre, Mr. Bill, Ms. Carol, Mark and Tonya Tyree)

The staff and nurses at Hope Bridge, Coach Moore and the transportation staff

DDSN Case Manager and therapists-Chelsea Russell, Kim Simpson, Elizabeth Burlew, Cindy Collins, Jenny Barbone

Dr. Piehl (Midlands Orthopaedics)

Thank you to the countless others who have provided us assistance throughout the years.

Family and friends are invited to Union United Methodist Church, Irmo, SC for a Celebration of Life on Monday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. We would like to honor Pippy’s bright shining soul by wearing bright colors to her service.

To honor Pippy we ask that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Prisma Health Children’s Hospital.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


  • Memorial Service

    Monday, October 25, 2021


Ann-Claire "Pippy" Isbell

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Veronica Ward

October 27, 2021

My prayers are with the family. Pippy and Zanaria were classmates and from that our family connected. Pippy stole my heart and I would take advantage of every opportunity to get to hold her in the recliner at Nursery Road. Praying that God will comfort you all during this time. We stand on God’s promises and believe that He has prepared a place for such a sweet angel, she will experience a life better than we can ever imagine in Heaven.
Mary-Katherine I love you and I am praying for you and your family.❤️❤️

Adrienne Carroll

October 26, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I just know she is smiling down on all of you. My favorite memory of Pippi was her laugh, especially when she was in the pool. She just loved being in the water. She was so blessed to have Mary Katherine as her mom and the boys for her brothers. She will be missed. May God hold you close.
Much love, The Carrolls

Samellas George

October 26, 2021

Pippy, although I haven’t seen you in quite some time I do appreciate the time that I did get to see you. Many years back my son Rj would go over to Pippys house after school to play with her brother Connor. When I would come to pick him up I would always visit with Pippy and talk with her or tickle her. On most occasions Pippy would laugh and have the biggest grin on her face but every once amd a while she wanted nothing to do with it😊. I do know Pippy you were so well Loved and I know you will sure be missed but your in the place that we all are striving to be someday. Thank you Pippy for always making me have a better day.
Love always
George Samellas

Carolyn “Auntie C.” Peterson

October 26, 2021

What an honor and privilege it has been to be sweet Pippy’s Godmother! She was the first to give me my treasured nickname of Auntie C. Witnessing the impact she had and still has on those who new and loved her is inspiring! She was a true Mama’s girl. I will miss that smile and laugh, but I know she is in the arms of Jesus and Mimi and so many others. What a comfort that is to me and all who knew her. Precious Pippy girl, I love you and I will forever be there for your Mama and brothers….but you know that already.

Angela Cooke

October 24, 2021

the very first time I met Ann-Claire was at Tj maxx shopping with her mom and grandma about 18 years ago. She caught my eye, because she was so cute and because I too have a child with special needs. To my surprise she showed up in my son Brandon's class the next day. We became family and good friends.Through the years we have enjoyed special Olympics, class picnics. Birthday parties, swimming, play dates. State fair field trips and the zoo. So many good times. So many laughs between us. This sweet girl will be sorely missed. I know in my heart she got up from her wheelchair and walked right into heaven. Prayers to her family and especially Mary-katherine for always being Ann-Claire's Advocate and number one Cheerleader. 🙏 ❤

Bill Camlin

October 24, 2021

Bright colors, always bright colors. There will be a void here, but a new day of colors in her new home. Go and shine! Mr. Bill

Butch Gibson

October 23, 2021

Anne-Claire remember last summer at the beach when I was sitting on the couch with your mom and I tried to get up and said that with my old bad knees I might have to get a wrecker to pull me up? Well, I heard a big chuckle and looked over at you and there was that big beautiful smile on your pretty face. You had heard me and I was so happy that I got to give you a chuckle and something to smile about. We love you Pippy and will never forget you. Butch

Libby Peterson

October 23, 2021

When I think of my God Sister I only think of her laugh and smile. Every single beach vacation she was always so joyful to be around everyone. We always got to have matching hair ties and bracelets growing up. She was decked out and had better style than I did most trips. This summer I got to sit and watch her for awhile, and every time I said her name, her smile would beam wider each time. At that moment I was so happy to be near a soul so joyful. Her soul had an amazing life on this earth surrounded by so much love that will continue on in each one of us. She had such an enormous impact on me and so many others. To the older sister I never had but looked up to in so many ways, I love you Pippy.

Tomaja Johnson

October 23, 2021

I enjoyed the time I had with Anne-Claire and also sharing a Birthday with her, I can remember her smile and laughter when she was happy and I also knew when she was not in a good mood Anne-Claire will always have a special place in my heart .When her family moved I wanted to leave my job because truly that was the only reason I stuck around I enjoyed her and I believe God placed me there for that reason at the time and there was no secret that she was my #1 girl.. Rest in Heaven my sweet girl.......

Gigi Pappas

October 21, 2021

It was my pleasure to help take care of Pippy at DFHS. There will always be a special place in my heart for her. Dance in heaven sweet angel. Love, Nurse Gigi