Mrs. Emma E. Isler, 78 of Raleigh, NC, passed away on June 2nd, 2013 at her home in Raleigh, NC from complications due to several chronic conditions. Mrs. Isler was born on June 1, 1935 in Tarboro, NC, the only living child of the late George and Willie Ann Bullock. Mrs. Isler graduated from W.A. Pattillo High School in Tarboro, NC before attending North Carolina Central University where she majored in French and minored in Library Science.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from NC Central, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent a year in Aix-en-Provence, France. After returning from France she began putting her love of teaching and French into practice by teaching in the Washington, DC public schools. There she taught French at all levels, starting first as an itinerant teacher of French in the Elementary Schools and later taking positions at several high schools including the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. In 1984, she was named Washington, D.C.'s first Teacher of The Year. She continued working as an administrator and Instructional Supervisor specializing in curriculum development until her D.C. retirement in 1989. After returning to North Carolina, she continued her career in the Durham Public Schools, first as a French teacher and then as Director of Foreign Languages. Mrs. Isler was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Jack and Jill of America.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years Dr. William E. Isler, a physicist and former Associate Dean of Engineering Research at North Carolina State University, three children: Fredric Isler of Orange County VA, Dr. Nannette W. Adeyemo, of Raleigh, NC, and Dr. Sylvia K. Isler of Mount Vernon, NY. She is also survived by two grandchildren; two sisters-and-Law and numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 22, 2013 at The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, located at 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27609.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.
Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, The Cumberland Building, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.