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Sally Ann Ogden McPherson Isham

November 22, 1925 November 26, 2018
Sally Ann Ogden McPherson Isham
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Sally Ann Ogden McPherson Isham, age 93, passed away at Lake Forest Place, Lake Forest IL on
November 26, 2018.
Born on November 22, 1925 in Chicago IL to Donald F. and Frances Ogden West McPherson, Mrs.
Isham grew up in Winnetka IL . She attended Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield MA and graduated from
Miss Porter’s School in Farmington CT. Most of the summers of her youth were spent in Pittsfield at
Court Hill, her maternal family homestead, where she became an avid rider and competed in many
local horse shows.
Sally Ann McPherson married George Snow Isham at Court Hill on September 7, 1946. They spent
their married life in Lake Forest IL, where she was active in numerous activities and organizations.
She served on the Allendale Shelter Board and was involved in starting the Allendale Christmas Sale
and Boutique. She was a member, president and honorary member of the Women’s Board of
Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Isham was also on an advisory committee of the National
Cathedral in Washington DC and stitched two needlepoint kneelers which continue to be used in the
Sally Ann was an accomplished horticulturist who mastered the art of growing standards and topiaries.
She nurtured many large topiaries which she called “her soldiers” and she entered them in numerous
flower shows including “The Show of Summer” at the Chicago Botanic Garden, where she won the
Elizabeth Platt Corning Medal for excellence in horticulture in 1994. Sally Ann was a long time
member and honorary member of the Lake Forest Garden Club and the Johns Island Garden Club in
Vero Beach FL.
She was an active and competitive golfer and enjoyed many years of playing and traveling with her
husband. In their later years, they maintained a winter home in Vero Beach FL where she was a
member of Johns Island Club and Riomar Country Club. She was a member of the United States
Women’s Golf Association and a longtime member of Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest IL.
Most of all, Sally Ann was a resilient woman with a wonderful wit, sense of humor and a generous
spirit. She was a caring and thoughtful friend. These virtues helped her weather the many challenges
she encountered throughout her life with courage and grace.
Mrs. Isham was a descendant of William B. Ogden, the first Mayor of Chicago. She is survived by her
daughter, Janet Isham Field and her husband, H. James Field Jr. of Providence RI, two granddaughters,
Elisabeth (Lisa) Mims (married to Andrew) of Dedham MA and Jennifer Whitman (married to Peter) of
Wenham, MA and three great grandchildren: Adelaide Field Mims, Henry Walker Mims and Peter Field
A memorial service will take place on Friday, November 30 at 10:30am at the Church of the Holy
Spirit in Lake Forest, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Northwestern Memorial
Hospital Foundation, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611 and The Geneva Foundation Of
Presbyterian Homes, 3200 Grant Street, Evanston IL 60201. Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or

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10:30 AM 11/30/2018 10:30:00 AM
Church of the Holy Spirit

400 E. Westminster Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Church of the Holy Spirit
400 E. Westminster Avenue Lake Forest 60045 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation

541 North Fairbanks Court Chicago, IL 60611

The Geneva Foundation of Presbyterian Homes

3200 Grant Street Evanston, IL 60201

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