Ruth McKinney IsaakRUTH MCKINNEY ISAAK Ruth McKinney Isaak, also known as Ruth Isaak Lyle, died peacefully at home in Honolulu, Hawaii, on February 20, 1916. She was born on July 9, 1919, in Marietta, Ohio. Her parents were Will P. McKinney and Mabel Clare Echols McKinney. She is predeceased by her parents, her sister, Jane McKinney Burton, and her brother, William E. McKinney, as well as her late husband, G. Charles Isaak. She was previously divorced from Robert E. Schornstheimer and George E. Haupt. She is deeply missed by her survivors: husband, Earl B. Lyle; son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. and Mary T. Schornstheimer of Kailua, Hawai'i; daughter and son-in-law, Sally Jane (Schornstheimer) Hartman and Ralph W. Hartman III, of Hale'iwa, Hawai'i; and numerous stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and other ohana. She attended college at Ohio Wesleyan University and Mount Holyoke College and was graduated from Northwestern University in 1941. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, an honor society for academic excellence, and Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. In 1937, when a senior in high school, she was selected as the representative from the State of Ohio to the Daughters of the American Revolution Congress in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, she met Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House. The other 47 representatives selected her to be the speaker on behalf of them all at the congress. She spent many years in Marietta, Ohio, and raised her family there. She was a co-owner and on the board of directors of the the family newspaper, The Marietta Daily Times, and 5KW, Inc., which owned radio station WBRJ. She was a special feature writer for the newspaper for a number of years and took great pride in showcasing people and places with enthusiasm, accuracy and care for those featured. She moved to Honolulu in 1974 and purchased her beloved home in Hawaii Kai in 1975, where she created a haven of peace and beauty for herself, her family and friends, many of whom she considered part of her family. She was a member of Unity Church of Hawai'i for 40 years and studied the Course in Miracles for 7 years. She was also an artist who enjoyed oil painting and collage. Her volunteer jobs included president of the Marietta Welfare League, president of the Betsy Mills Club in Marietta, serving on the board of directors for the Women's Association of the Honolulu Symphony, delivering Meals on Wheels, and recording for "Books for the Blind." She was also a legislative intern to former State Representative Kinau Kamali'i. These facts barely begin to cover her amazing life, which was characterized mostly by her gracious, kind, loving, generous, fun and positive spirit. She made friends with everyone and attracted people of all ages to her. She embodied her favorite saying, "There is no greater wisdom than kindness." She was so thoughtful of everyone around her. She brightened our lives with her laughter, her radiant smile and, always, a lovely flower in her hair. She will be dearly missed by many friends and relatives near and far, who will remember her with admiration, gratitude and love. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at Unity Church of Hawai'i at 3608 Diamond Head Circle on April 2, 2016. Visitation with the family will begin at 3 p.m. The service will begin at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow in the courtyard. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Church of Hawai'i (www.unityhawaii.org) or a charity of your choice.
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