Isabelle Culbertson

Isabelle Steele Culbertson


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Isabelle Steel Culbertson, 72, of Columbia, S.C., died Nov. 22, 2021, in Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia.  She had been on dialysis since 2019 and died from complications related to peripheral vascular disease.

A critical care nurse for most of her 45-year career, she had a deep and abiding love for her Lord Jesus Christ, a personal relationship that sustained her, gave her courage, hope and resilience.  She was a very smart, caring person of the highest integrity and had an off-beat sense of humor.

She cherished her First Baptist Church family in Columbia, S.C., and her “dear friends” Joe Garrell, Bud McIntire, Pam Robbins Phillips and Jenny Evans. She also adored her two Maltese “furry babies,” Suki and Honey. She was a strong athlete and often won her age group competing in triathlons and marathons. With a passion for art, she traveled extensively throughout the world. She was also an avid reader, loved gourmet food and intricate puzzles.

Born in Englewood, N.J., Feb. 21, 1949, Isabelle was raised in Darien, Conn. where she attended high school and enjoyed summers in Stone Harbor, N.J. with friends and family. She completed her last two years at Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pa., in 1968. She was awarded an associate of arts degree by Pine Manor Junior College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., in 1970, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology from Mills College, Oakland, Calif., in 1972. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University School of Nursing in 1975. She worked as an emergency care nurse at Duke Medical Center, Durham, N.C., the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, Ga., the Highlands-Cashier Hospital, Highlands, N.C., then as a traveling nurse, and finally at Palmetto Baptist in Columbia, now called Prisma Health Baptist Hospital.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Charles E. Culbertson, of Rochester, N.Y., and his wife, Joy, and their children Curtis and Christopher, as well as nephews Gabriel and Caleb Dorfman and their mother, Shelley.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter E. Culbertson and Frederica M. Culbertson; stepmother, Effie Culbertson; and brother, Walter Culbertson of Vancouver, Wash.

At her request, there will be no memorial service. Gifts in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1000, Columbia, S.C. 29202.

South Carolina Cremation Society is assisting the family. On-line condolences may be placed on the "TRIBUTE WALL" tab above.


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