Maria Isenhower Memorial Service Information
Maria Sedeana Tilley-Isenhower, 42, passed away June 27, 2020, at her home in Macomb.
Maria was born March 28, 1978, to Alan Neal Tilley and Loretta J. (Bristow) Tilley.
She graduated Tecumseh High School in 1996. She earned her bachelor of science degree in management and ethics from Mid-America Christian University in 2014, and she was in the process of earning her master’s degree, all while working full time and being a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and sister.
Maria married Jerald Dawayne Isenhower, the love of her life, on May 11, 2002. Almost a year and a half later, they were blessed with their son Blake Alan Isenhower.
Maria’s career took her from working for Ronald Elrod, Attorney-at-Law, and then to Oklahoma Baptist University before she began the work of her heart at Shawnee Public Schools, where she became Director of Child Nutrition. Maria was passionate about providing all children with healthy and nutritious meals, and she worked tirelessly to make sure no child ever went hungry. In 2019, Maria was recognized for her excellence in child nutrition services when she received the 2019 Norma Wilson Hero Award from the Oklahoma School Nutrition Association. This award is given annually to only one state association member who exhibits mentoring and leadership excellence, and Maria was the perfect choice. Maria received numerous grants and was chosen for several national professional development opportunities during her 14 years at Shawnee Public Schools. Her goal was always to make sure her students received the healthiest, best tasting food possible.
Maria was preceded in death by her father, Alan Neal Tilley; paternal grandparents, J.B. Tilley and Dona (McElfresh) Tilley; her uncle, Gene Bristow, and her father-in-law, Roland Isenhower.
She is survived by her husband, Jerald Dawayne Isenhower, and her son, Blake Alan Isenhower, of the home; her mother Loretta Tilley-Beck and step-father Cameron Beck; sister and brother-in-law Melissa and Josh Gillham; brother Morgan Beck; step-brother Tyler Beck; grandmother Bertha Anderson; mother-in-law Toni Isenhower; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Charlotte and Chip Smith; uncles and aunts Glen and Mandy Tilley, Bobby and Christy Bristow, Buddy and Diane Anderson, Malinda and Mark Rikel, Jeanne and David Schumacher, Deana and Charles Swantek, and Brenda and Kevin Marsh; nieces and nephews Jadelan Cartwright, Logan Cartwright, Hanna Smith, Res Smith, and Bryan Smith; and numerous cousins and friends.
Maria’s Memorial Service is at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Shawnee Performing Arts and Athletic Center, 1001 N. Kennedy, Shawnee, OK 74801. The service will be live streamed on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/aline.knoles. The family requests that anyone who attends the service in person wear a mask.
Flowers and donations can be delivered to the Shawnee Board of Education’s south entrance, 326 N. Union Avenue, Shawnee, OK 74801. Phone is 405-273-0653.