Isabel Giger

Obituary of Isabel Giger

Isabel Giger, age 88, passed away July 19, 2016 at Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield, IL. Isabella Moffat McEwan was born April 16, 1928 in Shettleston, Scotland to Samuel and Isabella McEwan. The family settled in Argyll in the village of Blairmore on Loch Long. After completing her education, she worked in the Scottish forestry service and as a clerk on the local Dunoon to Gourock ferry. During WWII she met and dated a US Navy sailor, Charles (Bill) Giger. In June of 1946, at age 18, she immigrated to the U.S. and married Bill at the Methodist Church in Detroit, IL in October 1946. They became a farm family, eventually buying a farm and building a home north of Pittsfield. They had three sons: Charles (Deirdre) of Jefferson City, MO, Phillip of Springfield, IL and Samuel (Vickie) of Pottsboro, TX.

All of Isabel’s immediate family immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s starting with her sister Margaret (Jim) Wilson of Pittsfield. Her parents and brothers Robert and family, Samuel, James and Charles (Joyce) all settled in New Jersey. Isabel’s grandchildren are Renee (Peter and two great grandsons) Cooper of Arlington, VA; Alexis Moore (Ray and three great grandchildren) of Pittsfield; Samuel, Stephen and Sasha Giger of Pottsboro, TX. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Bill, Sister Margaret, and Brothers Robert and James.

Isabel adapted quickly to farm life in a new country and learned to cook, bake, and can Midwestern style to the point of winning a great amount of blue ribbons at regional and state fairs. She brought with her extraordinary needlework talent for which she won even more prizes. She founded Isabel’s Knitting Club in the early 1950s which still meets to this day. In the early 1960s she opened the Argyll Yarn Shop in Pittsfield and later a second store in Jacksonville. She taught needlework crafts to many women in the greater Pittsfield/Jacksonville areas and was a member of the Quinsippi Needleworkers. By the mid- 90’s, she had closed both shops and retired. In retirement she began quilting and joined the Hannibal Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

Isabel was strong willed and persevered as a young bride in a new culture and country. She and other “war brides” came together for mutual support and raised their children in many of the social customs of their birth countries. She became a proud naturalized citizen, and she and Bill visited her Scottish homeland several times. She was an active member of the First Christian Church in Pittsfield and for a short time the Christian Church of Griggsville. In retirement she and Bill spent and enjoyed their winters in Rockport, TX.

Cremation rites were accorded by Airsman Hires Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 29 at the First Christian Church in Pittsfield, with a lunch served immediately following at the Crossroads. A private family burial will be conducted at a later date. In lieu of cards and flowers please direct memorial contributions to the First Christian Church of Pittsfield or the Christian Church of Griggsville.