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Eastern Sierra News for June 18, 2024





Isabel Alvey was born on May 4, 1931, in the Round Valley area, Bishop, CA, to Ross Magil and Ellen Mallory Magil. Isabel attended school in Round Valley and Bishop, California.

Isabel worked as a waitress and housekeeper before starting her nursing career at Northern Inyo Hospital, where she worked for 33 years. She started as a nurse’s aide, took classes while working and raising three daughters, and earned her LVN license.

She worked in the intensive care unit for many years before retiring in 1997.

Isabel was one of the original board members, representing the Bishop Tribe, on the Toiyabe Indian Health Board, at that time it was the Tri-County Indian Health Project.

She represented the Tri-County Indian Health Project (Toiyabe) on the State Indian Health Board (California Rural Indian Health Board) for many years. She was also on the Owens Valley Culture Center Board for several years.

Isabel loved to bowl and participated in many bowling leagues, state bowling tournaments and Indian Bowling tournaments. Isabel also loved to gamble and take care of her yard.

Isabel is preceded in death by her mother, Ellen Mallory Magil Arbonies, father, Ross Magil, and step-father, Carlos Arbonies, Sr.; three brothers, one Grandchild and one Great-Grand daughter. Isabel is survived by three daughters Barbara Schuster of Corona, CA; Joyce Alvey of Bishop, CA, Geraldine Weaver & her partner Williams Vega, of Bishop, CA.

Ten Grandchildren, twenty-four Great Grandchildren and five Great-Great Grandchildren. Isabel passed away in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at home surrounded by her family. We find comfort in knowing that she is with her family members that went on before her. We will miss her so much but know she will never be cold or lonely again.

Graveside services for Isabel Alvey will be on Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11:00am at East Line Cemetery with a lunch to follow at the Barlow Lane Gym.