Isadora (Iana) Maltby Webster
July 17, 1882 – October 22, 1979
Marital Status: Married
Place of Birth: Bay City, Michigan
Parents: Alvin Maltby and Alzina M. Moran Maltby
Spouse: Ernest E. Webster
Resided in The Old Woman’s Home at 2811 West End Avenue
Admitted to The Old Woman’s Home December 11, 1965
Burial Site: Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville, Tennessee
Siblings: Dorothy Maltby and Mary Betsy Waddle of Boulder, Colorado
Children: Dorothy Webster and Maltby Webster
Grandchildren: Jennie Murphy of Bedford, Massachusetts
Mrs. Webster was born as Iana Maltby. She was one of eight children. Around the turn of the century, the Maltby family moved to Jackson Mississippi, where she fell in love with the South. The local chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution made her an honorary member in spite of the fact that “her Yankee heritage precluded any possibility of being otherwise qualified for acceptance“. She also fell in love with a gentleman by the name of Isadora who did not meet the general approval of the Maltby family to the extent that they would not give their consent to the marriage. So, she had her name legally changed to Isadora, which she used throughout her life.
Mrs. Webster attended Quincy Mansion School at Wollaston Park (near Boston, Massachusetts). She obtained a teaching certificate in 1913 for the State of Mississippi and she and her sister, Dorothy, introduced many innovative and sometimes controversial (but effective) teaching methods in Mississippi schools. In one such instance, they introduced horseback riding during the mid-day lunch period, while in another Isadora was far ahead of her time in teaching spelling with the aid of song and dance, which was not only effective but fun for her students.
She met and married Ernest Webster, who “captured her heart with his Scotch/Irish wit and confidence”, in 1915. They made their home in Nashville, Tennessee. Included among her activities was a church school class of girls at Grace Baptist Church and volunteering as a helper in the American Red Cross. She was a member of several Nashville clubs including: The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiques and the Rutledge Magazine Club. Mrs. Webster was a member of Blakemore United Methodist Church. She acted as a nurse for many years for her husband after he lost his health following a major stroke. Mr. Webster passed away in 1942.
Mrs. Webster was remembered as kind and loving to all those she knew.