Isabell Lydia Ritnour Protheroe

Published 7:14 pm Thursday, May 13, 2021

Nov. 2, 1922 – May 4, 2021

IRMO, S.C. — Mrs. Isabell Lydia Ritnour Protheroe went home peacefully to The Lord, Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Irmo, South Carolina at the wonderful age of 98 and one-half.

Isabell (Izzy), affectionately called Granny, is survived by her five daughters, Sylvia Setzer of Charlotte, NC, Cynthia Hildebrand of Pendleton, OR, Catherine Francetti, Kate (Shirley) Brighton, and Judy Folk; two sons, David Protheroe, Jr., and Greg Protheroe all from the Midlands, SC. As well as 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Stanley Protheroe, and infant daughter, Carolyn Louise Protheroe.

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Isabell was born November 2, 1922, at her childhood home on Linton Ave., Natchez, Mississippi. She graduated in 1941 from Natchez High School where she, all of 5 feet 4 inches and 98 pounds, led 175 superior-rated marching band members down the streets of Jackson, Miss. She worked as a telephone operator before marrying David Stanley Protheroe, June 19, 1942, at St. Mary’s Basilica, Natchez.

Besides being a warm and Humorous person, she was a veracious Scrabble player! As she raised her seven children, she honed her talents of sewing beautiful and fashionable clothes. This led to a seamstress career after husband, David retired to Ballentine, SC in 1977 where they opened Dave’s Fix-it Shop and IZZY’s Alteration on Dutch Fork Road. After Dave’s passing Granny worked 12 years for Textile Restoration in Chapin.

A Memorial Service at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 195 Amicks Ferry Road, Chapin, SC 29036 is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021 beginning with a Visitation in the Narthex at 1 p.m. Following the service at 1:30 p.m., a Repast will be held in St. Andrew Hall shortly before 3 p.m. Please consider in lieu of flowers a memorial to Granny’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.