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Date of Birth: July 27, 1933

Date of Death: May 22, 2019

A loving obituary for my grandmother by Brenna Ruiz-Gordon. Isobel Margaret Gordon July 27, 1933 Hansen, MA – May 22, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Isobel Margaret Gordon, 85, died peacefully on May 22, 2019, surrounded by her three daughters Jeanne, Shelley and Robin, and her loving husband of 65 years, Robert Gordon. Isobel and her twin sister, Janet, were born to Jeanne (Porter) White and adoptive father Gordon White on July 27,1933 in Winchester, Massachusetts. She was a graduate of Brockton Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1953. She began her nursing career at Massachusetts General Hospital. Isobel and Bob were married that same year in Boston. In 1957 she transferred to Tucson Medical Center in Arizona where she became head nurse of the surgical wing while her husband Bob, a former sailor for the US Navy, pursued his geology degree at University of Arizona, Tucson. Isobel lived an adventurous life, moving her family to three different countries and many parts of the US to support her husband’s career in mining. During her time abroad she lived in Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica. She became fluent in Spanish and made the best of life as an expat volunteering at hospitals and clinics and becoming a champion golf player. Among her several titles is the Club Championship in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 1969. Throughout the years, Isobel cared for many pets (17 total) including two horses, a pig, a rabbit, parrots, Siamese cats, as well as six dogs. When they returned from living abroad, they established residence in Reno, Nevada where she worked at a fine jewelry atelier and as a tour guide charming international tourists as the learned about the beautiful landscape and historical sites of northern Nevada. She enjoyed hosting friends and family in her home in Reno and loved traveling to visit her family in Idaho, Colorado, Maine, Washington and Costa Rica. Upon retirement, Isobel and Bob spent several years traveling across the US and Mexico in their RV. They loved spending summers in Jackson, Wyoming and winters in Casa Grande, Arizona where they made many wonderful friends from around the world. Mimaw, as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren call her, is remembered for her strength, witty sense of humor and charisma. She lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; making friends out of strangers, spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, rooting for the New England Patriots, and caring for her cat Goldie. Per Isobel’s request, a reunion to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. Family, friends and others whose lives Isobel touched, may send condolences to: Robert E. Gordon 16621 N 3rd Ave Phoenix, AZ 85023

Service Information

To be held at a later date per her request.


Charitable contributions can be made to any animal shelter in your area or Arizona. Isobel adopted many kitties and gave them wonderful homes.