Isobel Elizabeth Dillman Batty

November 22, 1913 — October 1, 2016

Isobel Elizabeth Dillman Batty

Isobel Elizabeth Dillman Batty died in her sleep on October 1, 2016 in Draper, UT. She was 102. Born on November 22, 1913 to parents Harold Elmer Dillman and Elizabeth Ellen Swope, Isobel was an outstanding student and lover of learning. She graduated Brigham Young University and spent her lifetime teaching, tutoring, instructing, creating, and sharing her breadth of knowledge and rich experiences. June 1, 1938, Isobel married the "boy next door," Paul Miles Batty. Paul was the love of her life, her best friend and partner for 67 years. They built their home and raised their family in Vernal, UT where Paul worked as a businessman, business owner and Isobel a teacher in upper and elementary schools. Always a team, Paul and Isobel worked hard, greatly enjoyed family, friends, their cabin, gardening, travel, dancing, social clubs, and regularly hosted card parties. Isobel and Paul retired to Mesa, then Payson, Arizona and have many special, devoted friends there. A lover of the arts, Isobel studied French in Paris, and enjoyed her association with the Vernal Beaux Arts club. Isobel wrote and as invited, performed a monologue of Emma Smith in community and church settings. An avid doll collector, Isobel developed skill in doll making and is known for her fascinating collection of First Ladies dolls that she AND Paul spent hundreds of hours sourcing materials for as she handmade the detailed inaugural gowns. A virtue Isobel attributed to her saint mother, Bessie, Isobel always looked for the "one," gave herself in service to those who needed help or a place to stay. She and Paul loved their "German daughters," Inga Bowen and Petra Jones. Isobel is survived by her daughter and son-in law, Annette and Lynn Godfrey of Payson, AZ, her son Paul Michael Batty of Scottsdale, AZ, her 11 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Ellen, her husband, Paul, and her 10 Dillman and Swain siblings. Isobel will be buried in a graveside ceremony on Monday, October 3, 2016, 3:00 PM, in the Vernal Memorial Park cemetery; viewing at Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, 1:30 until 2:30 PM. Isobel's family wishes to sincerely thank all who so devotedly loved, visited, served, and cared for Isobel in her declining years; words cannot express what your service meant to her and to us.
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