Jan. 4, 1925 - March 8, 2010
Mabel Louise (Townsend) Merkle, was born Jan. 4, 1925, to James Townsend and Jennie (Catlett) Townsend in Shelbyville, Ky. She attended high school at the Old Shelby High School where she excelled in physical education, played in the band and sang in the glee club.
Mabel married Fred A. Merkle in Brownwood, Texas, and moved to Walla Walla in 1945. They were together for over 50 years. Mr. Merkle died in April 2000.
During World War II, Mabel worked at the Pacific Bell Phone Co. while Fred was overseas serving in the Army. She was also one of the first to volunteer with the cancer "Reach to Recovery" program, along with Jennie Mahan.
Mabel was a member of Pioneer Methodist Church and is survived by her son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Gayle (Hunt) of Olympia; her daughter, Phyllis Ayres and husband, Steve, of Spokane; her sister, Mildred Palmer of Louisville, Ky. In addition, Mabel has five grandchildren, Wendy (Ayres) Bodeau, Tracy (Ayres) Catlin, Shannon (Ayres) DeVall and Lesley and Bradford Merkle. Mabel has six great grandchildren, Stephen and Ryan Bodeau; Nicole and Madison Tansy; Megan and Kate DeVall. Mabel also wished to acknowledge her dear friend and neighbor, Beth Miller.
Besides a deep love of her family Mabel always enjoyed vacations on the Oregon coast when Fred was alive.
Mabel passed away on March 8, 2010, at Hospice House of Spokane, WA, with all of her family present, either physically or in spirit. We love her dearly and know she is with us in all we do. We can't thank her enough for all the lessons she taught us by the way she lived her life.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., March 13, in the fireside room at 115 Merriam St. apartments. Parking available in guest spaces.