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In Memory of

Isabella Anne Vandervelde

September 11, 1930 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


IRMO - Isabel Ann Reichert Vandervelde, native of Ethan, South Dakota, and 60 year resident of Aiken, South Carolina, passed peacefully away in her sleep into the next life on March 27, 2015. Isabel, an alumni of USC with a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and a Master's Degree in Theater Arts, graduated Summa Cum Laude.



Isabel was an impassioned, dedicated, and accomplished researcher and writer of history with an innovative and eye-opening focus on the founding of Aiken County, "Aiken County- the Only SC County Founded during Reconstruction." Her writing career began when...

IRMO - Isabel Ann Reichert Vandervelde, native of Ethan, South Dakota, and 60 year resident of Aiken, South Carolina, passed peacefully away in her sleep into the next life on March 27, 2015. Isabel, an alumni of USC with a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and a Master's Degree in Theater Arts, graduated Summa Cum Laude.



Isabel was an impassioned, dedicated, and accomplished researcher and writer of history with an innovative and eye-opening focus on the founding of Aiken County, "Aiken County- the Only SC County Founded during Reconstruction." Her writing career began when her first short story was published in "Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.” She used her intricate, accurate, research knowledge to create engaging works of historical fiction as well. Her first novel was "Lace" which paid her way to graduate school. Her novel "Hot Waste" featured many well-known local residents of Aiken and is a must read. In all, Isabel wrote more than 15 books.



Isabel was also active in local theater productions. Most noteworthy is a play she wrote and directed called “1776” celebrating our countries bicentennial. Her acting, stage design, costume and directing talents helped create the Aiken Community Playhouse and the quality cultural blessing that it is today.



Isabel was also a profoundly productive and inspirational artist and art instructor. She personally inspired creativity at Aiken Day School, Mead Hall Elementary, and Saint Angela's Academy as an art teacher for over a decade.



As an accomplished artist, her love for the charm of Aiken inspired a great number of paintings, especially those that portrayed Aiken's unrivaled lineage as an equestrian winter colony. Her love and respect also resulted in her draping Aiken's alleyways and schools with murals that still speak to passers-by today.



She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Vance D. Vandervelde and son, Timothy G. Vandervelde.



A celebration of the profound creative energy with which she lived life will be held in a few weeks. Please refer to Facebook page of her son, Greg Vandervelde for further notice.



Surviving are her children: Martin A. Vandervelde, Steve B. Vandervelde, Rose C. Dickerson (Pat), Paul D. Vandervelde (Vicki), John E. Vandervelde and Greg Vandervelde (Pamela); grandchildren: Jack Kirven, Sanna K. Cowie (Chris), Matthew McAllister, Ea Schwarz (Michael), Chrisltyn McAllister (Erik), Nathaniel Dickson, Dorothy "Annie" Dickson Vandervelde, Robert McAllister, Amelia Rose McAllister, Frances L. Dickson Vandervelde, John Allen McAllister; and four great-grandchildren: Harrison Norman, Bridget Shealey, Amelia Schwarz, and Diana Schwarz.



We are so thankful for her life.