The Illinois Selected Morticians Association, Inc. (ISMA) is a Chartered Member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc. (NFD&MA).  Organized in 1940 as the Funeral Directors Civic and incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1949 as the Illinois Selected Morticians Association, Inc NFP 501(c) 6.  ISMA was established to maintain and support the cooperative activities of the African American Funeral Directors and Embalmers; to promote education programs for the public in connection with the work of funeral directors and embalmers; and to sponsor educational seminars and networking Opportunities for the benefits of the African American Funeral Director and Embalmer.


Professional Development

Continuing Education

At Illinois Selected Mortician Association, Inc., we are dedicated to providing the state required courses and CEU credit to enrich professional and personal growth and development.

Navigating Industry Regulations

Compliance Regulatory

At the Illinois Selected Mortician Association, Inc., we support our members through our various initiatives that keep our membership updated with compliance regulation.


Legislative Updates

With our mission always in mind, we represent the common professional and business interest of our members before various Federal, State and local legislative, administrative and judicial bodies.

Keeping You Connected


Keeping you connected with industry peers locally and nationally in the exchange of innovative ideas and resources that help you succeed professionally in the funeral industry.


"We Can Do It Better When We Do It Together".

Myrtle Barbee 
Board Chairman, ISMA
Barbee Funeral Services

ISMA 2019-2020 Officers

Evangelist Myrtle Barbee

Board Chairman

Karen Scott


John McCall

President Elect

Pamela Owens

Executive Secretary

Dorothy Hudson


Sergeant At Arms

Lolita M. Travis



Alternate Delegate

Carneal Owens

National Delegate

Shirley A. Calahan

National  Delegate

Jerri Taylor & Edric Calahan

President 40 & Under State Chapter

Our Events

Member Only Monthly Meeting

Monthly Via Zoom

Monthly Member only Meeting

ISMA Banquet

Cancelled due to Covid-19

80th Annual Virtual State Convention

Coming October, 2020

The ISMA convention includes Continuing Education to funeral industry students, interns and professionals, Sponsorship Opportunities, Banquet, Scholarship Awards to Mortuary Students, Networking Opportunities, Vendor Tables and more


Coming 2020

The 83rd Annual Convention & Expo of the National Funeral Directors & Mortician Association

We are looking forward to seeing you at our next event!

Contact Illinois Selected Mortician Association, Inc.

Get in touch with Illinois Selected Mortician Association, Inc. to learn more about our work and find out how to join. We appreciate your support!

PO Box 178002

Chicago, IL,  60617 



ISMA 40 & Under Chapter

Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Illinois Selected Mortician Association, Inc. is an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.


Illinois Selected Mortician Association, Inc.


PO Box 178002

Chicago, IL,  60617 

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