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Mabel E. Smith

Mabel E. Smith

Jan 20, 1919 - Sep 3, 2007
Mabel E. Smith, 88, of Riverton died on Monday, September 3, 2007 at Riverton Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 8, 2007 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 7, 2007 at the Davis Funeral Home and one hour preceding the service at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to a luncheon reception at Trinity Lutheran Church following the graveside ceremony.

Mabel E. Scheele was born on January 20, 1919 in the farm home of her parents, August F. Scheele and Mary (Volzke) Scheele. Mabel was a native of York County, Nebraska.

Mabel married Fred Cox on June 25, 1939, and the newlyweds farmed and ranched in the Pavillion, Lander, and Riverton areas. Fred passed away in 1971 after which Mabel sold their farm and moved into Riverton. She worked for Richard Moss’ grocery store and McDonald’s Department Store.

In 1976 Mabel married Lawrence Lee Smith. She worked as cashier of the Koffee Kup Café which Larry and his daughter Tess owned for many years. Mabel and Larry enjoyed many years traveling together on cruises and in their motor home.

Mabel was a devout and lifelong member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1953. She was very active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Circle Number One, and the Good Shepherd Auxiliary. Some of Mabel’s favorite hobbies included dancing, playing pinochle, quilting, gardening, sewing, and writing poetry. Her granddaughter Heather Bracken and great grandsons Evan Swihart and Jason Piercy were very special to her. A member of the Riverton Valley Grange, she was known for the beautiful flowers she grew, the lovely clothes she made, and loved for the poetry she wrote.

Mabel is survived by her husband Lawrence L. Smith; daughter Nancy Shriner and husband Glen of Riverton; son Lyle Cox and wife Jo of Casper; daughter Theresa “Tess” Piercy of Riverton; grandchildren Heather Bracken and companion James of Billings, Adair Trujillo and husband Tim of Denver, Greta Maxfield-Schoen and husband Joe of Sheridan, Tedd Maxfield and wife Jill of Nevada, MO, Vivien Piercy of Casper, Vance Piercy of Riverton, Vincent Piercy and wife Laurie of Elko, Nevada, and Vonn Piercy of Loveland, CO, Theresa “Terri” Clarke of Riverton, Joe Reece and companion Rose of Riverton, and Ruthie Nelsen of Oceanside, CA; 18 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren; brothers, Gus Scheele of Lander, Carl Scheele and wife Violet of Meridan, Idaho, and Ralph Scheele of Boise, Idaho.

Mabel was preceded in death by five sisters, Dorothy Capellan, Helen Peterson, Francis Nabor, Florence Nabor and Rose Scheele.

Memorials may be made in Mabel’s honor to Trinity Lutheran Church, 419 E. Park St., Riverton, WY 82501 or to the Riverton Senior Citizens Center, 303 E. Lincoln Ave, Riverton.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.