Isabella Mary Vincent

Isabella Mary Vincent

DELMAR — Isabella Vincent was a loving mother who always enjoyed helping people, her son, Jeff Vincent said. 

Mrs. Vincent died on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She was 99.

Isabella Mary Vincent was born in Huntersland in Schoharie County — just beyond Rensselaerville — on Feb. 10, 1921. 

“She kind of had two birthdays. She was really born on the 11th of February,” Mr. Vincent said, but the country doctor who performed the delivery didn’t always file his paperwork properly. 

The doctor would file his paperwork with the proper authorities maybe once a week and, when he did so for Isabella, he wrote down her date of birth as Feb. 10, 1921, Mr. Vincent said. “So, all of her paperwork is for the 10th, but she knows it’s the 11th,” he said. 

Her youth was spent in Huntersland, in Albany, and at her grandparents’ home in Rensselaerville, Mr. Vincent said.

Mr. Vincent recalled a story his mother told him when she was younger: She and her siblings were walking somewhere with their mother and, as they walked past a farmer’s field, a bull got loose and chased them down the road.

Isabella married Wallace E. Throop in 1940, and had a son, Wallace E. Throop Jr., Mr. Vincent said. During World War II, Isabella lived with her sisters, Marion and Peg, while their men were fighting in the war, he said.

She married William G. Vincent in 1948 and the couple settled in New Scotland. Her husband’s parents owned an antiques shop across from the Davis Stonewell Market. Jeff Vincent recalled living in six different homes in the first 10 years of his life that he estimated were within a mile of New Scotland Town Hall. “We were really closely centered to [William Vincent’s parents],” he said.

 “My mom enjoyed her work,” Jeff Vincent wrote in a tribute. 

Mrs. Vincent worked for over 40 years at the Little Folks Shop, which sold children’s clothing, at the original store on Maiden Lane in Albany, and then at a store in Delaware Plaza. 

“She worked for many years as a salesperson and moved up to store manager by the end of her career,” Mr. Vincent wrote in a tribute. “The Little Folks Shop was memorable for many children because of the large mynah bird, Mr. Do, that lived in a cage near the register.”

Asked to describe his mother’s personality, Mr. Vincent said she was  pleasant; helpful, she always enjoyed helping people at the Little Folks Shop; and she was quiet, but friendly.

“I know, personally, for me, she always had unconditional love,” he said. “That, you could always see. And that extended that to all her children.”

   Outside of work, Mrs. Vincent enjoyed spending time with her family, watching television, listening to music, and taking long drives in the country, particularly to her childhood homes in Huntersland and Rensselaerville. Also on those long summer drives, the family liked to stop at many of the local drive-ins in the area such as Ross’s in Slingerlands, Corner Ice Cream in Guilderland, Tastee Treat in New Scotland, and Jumpin’ Jacks in Scotia.

Her children’s hobbies became her hobbies, too, Jeff Vincent said. He flies model rockets in competitions and his mother did a lot to support him, often attending his meets.


Isabella Mary Vincent is survived by her sons, Wallace E. Throop Jr. and William Jeffery Vincent, and her daughter, Judith Alexander; her grandchildren, Dawn Loux, Deborah Blakely, Denise Riedy, and Amy Alexander; her great-grandchildren; Kristen Knapp, Tricia Rulison, Christopher Rosko, Teresa Sapienza, McKinley Riedy, and Teagan Riedy; and by her great great-grandchildren, Tyler Hogan, Brianna Hogan, Abby Hogan, Lily Knapp, Harper Rulison, and Camden Rulison. 

She is also survived by her brothers, Alonzo Cartwright and Larry Cartwright, and her sister, Katherine Cuzdey.

Her husband William G. Vincent died before her, as did her sisters, Marion Vane, Esther (Peg) Hallenbeck, her brother, Francis Shufelt, and her granddaughter, Donna Sapienza.

Memorial messages may be left at

A spring burial will take place at New Scotland Cemetery; a summer memorial is planned.



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