September 23, 1953 ~ January 10, 2022

Born in: Detroit, MI
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Roxane Whelden Isbey Jr. passed peacefully away on January 10, 2022 in Asheville, NC.

She was born September 23, 1953 in Detroit, MI, the oldest child of Edward K. Isbey, Jr. MD and the late Roxane Whelden Isbey. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Brian and Ford Isbey.

When the family moved to Asheville in 1961, she attended St. Genevieve of the Pines and then graduated from the University of Vermont. Roxane furthered her education at Rochester Institute of Technology, studying photography and interior design. After moving to New York City, she worked for Guerlain, followed by a two year study of interior and landscape design in London. Returning to New York City, she started her own business with outstanding recognition in these specialties. Her love of gardening and design kept her busy and at peace. She returned to Asheville in 2020.

Roxane is survived by her father and his wife Rita, her brother Edward and his wife Jane, and her sister Caroline Russell and her husband Allen. Other family members include her sister-in-law, Julie Isbey, four nieces, and one nephew.

A private graveside service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to the NC Arboretum, Central Park Conservancy, or a charity of your choice.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. To my dear friend, papa Isbey, and family.
    I am heartbroken for you in this time of lose. I think of you often and thank God for our friendship and will keep you in my prayers for the peace that can only come from our heavenly Father. May it flow over you so great in the coming days that you know it comes only only Him.

  2. Dear Ed and Jane,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Roxane’s death. I was very aware of her accomplishments as a photographer and designer and remember her well. I’m certain its been very trying losing your siblings , Ed. Please send my condolences to your family, Dad, and Caroline. May God give you an abundance of love and comfort during this difficult time.

  3. To the Isbey Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of you daughter & sister….
    My prayers are with you in the difficult days ahead….


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