Ruth Michelle ISBEL

On July 25, 2021 after a short illness at her home in Crossley with her loving partner Loretta ‘Ret’ and family by her side.

Loved sister to Jenny, Gaye and families.

Special friend to Arika, Meriki and Kadel.

Loved sister-in-law and friend to the O’Brien, Isbel and extended families.

Adored aunty and great aunty.

Great mentor to many

Never a dull moment
Will be greatly missed

Aged 58 years


Funeral Notice



  1. Condolences to Ruth and Lorettas family RIP. Donna

    Donna Smith August 3, 2021
  2. Many heartfelt condolences to Loretta & family upon the passing of Ruth. She was a friendly kind-hearted soul who championed those less fortunate & in need. Gone much too soon.
    Kind regards – Louisa Radley :o)

    Louisa Radley August 2, 2021
  3. Dear Ruth,
    Great memories of shared friendship with Anna (desc).Virginia and Liam and I are deeply saddened with your passing. Our heart goes out to Loretta and families. Rest In Peace Ruth, love Marce XXX 🌹❤️🙏

    Marcia Howard July 30, 2021
  4. Ruth- what an amazing lady and loved by so many. Thinking of you Ret, your family and Ruth’s friends and family.

    Virginia, Sean and family xo

    Virginia Peterson July 30, 2021
  5. Rest In Peace Ruth sincere condolences to Ret and family thinking of you all
    Shelley and David

    Shelley Coffey July 30, 2021
  6. My darling fun loving irreverent school buddy. I so adored and admired you. A truly beautiful soul. Farewell mate xxx

    Annie Drum July 30, 2021
  7. Such beautiful memories of Ruth and our visits with the family on our March long weekend in Port Fairy.
    Much love from the Shipston’s

    David Shipston July 30, 2021
  8. A beautiful, vibrant person who will be missed by many. Deepest condolences to Friends and family

    Kate O'Brien July 30, 2021
  9. Dear Ruth

    You were a wonderful, energetic and passionate colleague and leader in the community.

    You achieved so much for those you fought so hard for, and provided vital support too many in their times of need.

    You are sorely missed.

    Your friends and colleagues at Warrnambool Police –

    Jason Dance July 30, 2021
  10. Go well Ruth. So happy you found your love and your world in Warrnambool.

    Anthony Hurley July 29, 2021
  11. Ruth taught me how to be real. She stomped into our student support office in Blundstone boots and gave me the idea that you dress for the kids not the profession. She didn’t like psychologists much back then but I think I helped ease her unease. A bit of alcohol involved there! Always a delight and entertaining and strong on the stuff that matters. A warrior of a woman. Such a loss to our world. Go lightly Ruth on the winds And over the land snd seas. Love to Ret and Ruth’s family Xx

    Annie Neeson July 29, 2021
  12. Ruth, you were always a staunch supporter, mentor and friend, through good times and some challenging ones. Your presence and sense of humour will be missed by many.

    Amanda McNab July 29, 2021
  13. Dear Ruth, what a champ you were, always smiling, intelligent & thoughtful. Magnificent community member, much loved by the lovely O’Brien & Ryan families, love of Ret’s life. My love & thoughts with all those who loved her xxx

    Jillian McQualter July 29, 2021
  14. Ruth ..Where to begin ?!
    A staunch feminist, passionate about social justice, a mentor with a quick wit and that laugh xx
    You will missed, your impact on the community will never be forgotten.
    Much love to all xx

    Danielle Lavithis July 29, 2021
  15. The most beautiful soul gone to the heaven!

    Deepest condolences to Ret and family

    Beautiful lady

    Kerius July 29, 2021
  16. Ruth you were an amazing woman who will be greatly missed by many. Sincere condolences to Loretta and Ruth’s family. Liza and Wayne McCosh.

    Liza McCosh July 29, 2021
  17. Dearest Ruth,

    You’ve been an inspirational, funny, kind, generous, delightful, intelligent and honest comrade for many years. I can not thank you enough for the times we worked in solidarity and partnership and for the times it was just a pleasure to be in your company.

    Sending love and condolences to your family.

    Kindest of regards Emma
    Emma Moore

    Emma Moore July 29, 2021
  18. We have wonderful memories of Ruth. She always made us so welcome when we visited from England,and we spent such happy times with her and with Ret. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ret at this very difficult time, and to all of the family and friends who are grieving their sad loss.
    We are thinking of you all
    Much love
    Martin and Anne.

    Anne Copp July 28, 2021
  19. Ah Ruth, you made travelling the Gibb River Road a delight! Laughs, tents, talk, wine and more laughs. I think about that trip so often, always with your smiling face and wild enthusiasm in every memory.
    Now you are travelling in the great beyond and missed by all down here.

    Robyn Blake July 27, 2021