Isabel "Iz" Feddersen of Willow Park died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, after suffering a massive stroke while trimming the front hedges at her house. She was 91. Funny, feisty and fiercely devoted to her three children, "Miz Iz" spread joy and laughter wherever she went. A native of Monongahela, Pa., she completed courses at Robert Morse Business College in 1946 before moving to Fort Worth. While working as a secretary at Convair, she met and married U.S. Air Force pilot, Boyd "Dan" Grubaugh. Widowed in 1958 when Lt. Col. Grubaugh, chief of flight test at Edwards Air Force Base, was killed in a mid-air collision, "Iz" returned with her three small children to Fort Worth and employment at General Dynamics. There she met her second husband, E. Warren Feddersen. Life as a Feddersen meant following the career trajectory for her husband, whose work with GD took the family from Fort Worth to San Diego to North Tarrytown, N.Y., to St. Louis, Mo. "Iz" made lifelong friends at every stop. Warren's retirement in 1979 brought them back to Texas and the home they built in Willow Park. While she always regretted never having the opportunity to attend a four-year university, "Iz" was a lifelong learner, serving as the troop leader or field-trip chaperone for her children's youth activities so she could share in the experiences of discovering art, music and history. She delighted in being surrounded by young people. Her home was always a fun and safe place for her children's friends, whether it was an after-prom breakfast or a day-long summer pool party. "Iz" made sure the young people in her life were happy and well fed. Volunteering was a big part of how she was wired. She served as a docent at the Fort Worth Zoo and was honored as the City of Fort Worth's 1997 Volunteer of the Year for the Zoological Association. Her love for animals led to extensive travel after the 1981 death of her second husband. She journeyed to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to photograph polar bears and to Alaska to see the grizzlies. She went on three photo safaris in Africa after her 70th birthday, and only stopped traveling to rugged environs when physical limitations slowed her pace. "You never want to be the slowest one in the pack when you're around wild animals," she would say. "Iz" cheered with equal passion for the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. Typical weekends at her house included sports on the kitchen TV while she baked endless treats that she delighted in delivering to everyone from the neighbors to the grocery store butcher. She loved knitting, mah jongg, blingy eyeglass frames, animal print clothing, fabulous jewelry, mystery novels and jigsaw and crossword puzzles. And ice cream. Lots of ice cream, even though her doctors told her to knock off the sweets. Turns out, she was right - it wasn't the diabetes that killed her. Memorial service: A private memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., where she will be reunited with her beloved "Dan." Memorials: In lieu of flowers or cards, the family requests contributions be made in her memory to a charity of your choice. Survivors: She is survived by daughter, Kristi Lee Grubaugh of Fort Worth; daughter, Jill "J.R." Labbe and husband, Mark, of Burleson; son, Jack Grubaugh and wife, Lorraine, of Martin, Tenn.; grandson, Daniel Grubaugh and wife, Katy, of Brooklyn, Mass.; and granddaughter Catharina Grubaugh of Armonk, N.Y.
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