Mabel Lou Gordon, 87, passed away at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA, on Wednesday, Oct., 3, 2012. Mabel was a devoted member of the Living Church of God, and she seldom ever missed church. In fact, she was getting ready for church when she fell and broke her hip and arm.
Mabel was born Feb. 13, 1925, to Lois (Curtis) Gordon and Bert Gordon at the family farm near El Dorado Springs.
She was always full of fun and energy and she would try anything. She was kind of a tomboy, and she was always pestering her brother, John, about going squirrel hunting. Mabel enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved all kinds of flowers. Other hobbies were sewing and crocheting.
Mabel graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1944. Mabel played basketball while in high school and was very good. She was tall and her nickname was “Skinny.”
When Boeing opened in Wichita, KS, to make airplanes during the war, Mabel wanted to go there to work. At this time you had to pay them for the schooling before you went to work. Her dad did not think paying them was the right thing to do until her mom finally talked her dad into giving her the money. Later on, Boeing began paying for the employees schooling. Mabel worked there quite some time. Later she and her sister, Alice, went to Tacoma, WA, to work.
In later years Mabel worked for several families that were quite prominent in California. She always ended up being sort of a nanny, and all of the kids just loved her and would come to her with questions and for her help.
Mabel had many close, dear friends everywhere she went. She is going to be missed by lots of friends all over. All of her nieces and nephews loved Aunt Mabel and all her family will really miss her.
Preceding Mabel in death were her parents, Lois and Bert Gordon; three sisters – Flossie Byerly and husband – Andy, Dorothy Reed and husband – Al, and Alice Slichenmyer; two brothers, Pete Gordon and wives, Maude and Reva, and John Gordon; and two nephews, Thad Reynolds and Dennis Reynolds.
Survivors include one sister, Donnie Reynolds, and husband Jess (Tubby) – Harrisonville; one sister-in-law, Betty Gordon – El Dorado Springs; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Sunday, Oct. 14, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Pastor Carl Beyersdorfer officiating. Musical selections were “How Great Thou Art,” “Precious Memories” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Interment followed in Mound Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Chad Reynolds, Jonathan Clawson, Chase Reynolds, Trevor Reynolds, Kyle Slichenmyer, Chay Spencer, Matthew Reynolds and Cullen Maday. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Counts, Terry Spencer, Eric Morelock, Sonny Lovewell, Levi Reynolds and Eric Slichenmyer.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com