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Mabel Christena (Ely) Schenck

Mabel Christena (Ely) Schenck

Mabel Christena (Ely) Schenck, age 95, was born November 30, 1920 - the only child of Floyd Curtis and Christena (Drader) Ely, in Monitor, Washington. She finished her days in her apartment at Garnet Place Assisted Living on December 23, 2015.

When Mabel was a year old, the family moved to Graham, WA, where they established a Jersey dairy farm. "Mamie" attended school in Kapowsin, and after graduating from high school, worked as an exceptional secretary to General Thompson at the Soldiers' Home in Orting for several years.·Later, she worked in a bank.

Mamie met her soldier boy, Walter Ray Schenck, Jr., just before
WWII broke out. After the war ended, they married on October 16, 1945, in Eatonville, WA. To this union, two daughters were born: Linda Darlene and Susan Anita.

Mabel and Walter raised Linda and Susan on 30 beautiful acres near Mabel's childhood home in Graham, and resided there for 58 years with Mt. Rainier and wildlife in their back yard -- until 2003, when Walter's health began to fail. They moved to Boise, Idaho to live with Susan and husband Ed Sloan for two years. They then moved to Willow Park Independent Living until Walter died in 2008. Mabel moved to Malta, MT at that time and lived with Linda and husband Lonnie Link for six years. When her health began deteriorating, Mabel returned to Idaho and lived for eight months at Garnet Place in Garden City, Idaho - where she got excellent care and support, and made new friends.

Eighty-five years ago, when she was 10, Mabel made her choice to serve God in gospel meetings held in a barn. Part of a worldwide fellowship, John Vint and Howard Mooney preached the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the scripture to the community. She and Walter loved having Sunday morning fellowship meetings in their home for 34 years, and welcoming the ministers and friends to their home.

Mabel loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren -- and her wish for them was that they would always be faithful to God. Her life was one of modesty and keeping God first.

She was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker, and kept her life simple and free of distractions in order to keep her priorities straight. Mabel had many talents - up until her last days -- including piano playing, shorthand, emailing, china painting, crocheting, enjoying travel, and crossword puzzles.

Mabel was preceeded in death by Walter, her husband of 62 years. Survivors include: Daughters Linda (Lonnie) Link, of Malta, Montana; Susan (Ed) Sloan, of Boise, Idaho; Six grandchildren: Lane Link and Leanne Pfeifer of Billings, Montana; Brice, Greg (Amy), Collin (Mariska), and Rusty Sloan of Boise, Idaho; 11 great grandchildren: Danielle and Amber Pfeifer of Billings; Anita, Emma, Carson, Wyatt, Trevor, Mason, Melissa, Emily and Nicole Sloan of Boise, Idaho; dear nephews and nieces, many cousins and a host of friends.

We want to thank the staff of Garnet Place, Harrison's Hope Hospice, and Homewatch Caregivers for doing everything possible to make our Loved One's last days as comfortable as possible, with reassuring love.
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