NORTHFIELD — Friends say Sherry Isabelle, who died Monday in a freak accident involving a golf cart, was known and loved for her big heart, especially for her devotion and care to elderly and ill neighbors despite her own medical problems.
“She loved her family, she loved her neighbors, she loved her grandchildren, she was fabulous,” said Linda Hazen, office manager at Genesis Behavioral Health in Laconia, where Isabelle worked as an administrative specialist from 1998 to 2007.
“She had a heart of gold,” said Janice Porell, a close friend. “Everyone is devastated that she’s gone.”
Isabelle, 57, died just before 4 p.m. Monday when the small golf cart she was riding in crashed into the porch at her home. Her 5-year-old grandson was at the wheel.
Police said her grandson may have mistakenly hit the accelerator pedal instead of the brake. Both were found under the porch. Her grandson was not seriously injured, but Isabelle was pronounced dead at the scene. A third person in the cart was not injured.
Friends said Isabelle was raised in Tilton, and she graduated from Tilton-Northfield High School in 1975. Besides working at Genesis, she worked at the former Belvedere Restaurant in Franklin, according to her obituary.
She was a member of American Legion Post 49 Auxiliary and the Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, camping, and especially spending time with her grandchildren, friends said.
“She loved her grandchildren, and I feel for the grandchild,” said Hazen. “She was so excited about her grandchildren.”
“Her family was everything to her,” Porell said.
Hazen said Isabelle suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, which limited her from some activities. But she was known to check on her elderly neighbors, who also had health problems, daily.
“She would call them every day, or stop and see them every day. She was always thinking of others first,” she said.