December 23, 1923 - May 24, 2011
Mabel A. Poole of Milton-Freewater passed away May 24, 2011, at the St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 87 years. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Valley Christian Center in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Sam Boettcher and Pastor Lance Lovlin (son) officiating. Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Skyview Cemetery near Pendleton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Christian Center BGMC or Christian Aid Center through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Mabel A. Poole was born Dec. 23, 1923, the daughter of Sverre (Sam) and Matilda (Tilly) Guhdall Ristesund in Tuttle, N.D. She was the third of five children. When Mabel was 5 years old, her father moved the family to Canada to homestead near the Peace River next to the Northern Territories. She grew up there through high school, and later was a schoolteacher there for a short time. Mabel became a pitcher for the Canadian Professional Women's Softball team known as, The Orange Crush Team! Shortly thereafter, she married Jarle Lovlin in 1946. Jarle and Mabel lived in Manning, Alberta, where their first child, Lance Warner Lovlin was born Aug. 22, 1947. After moving to Bellevue, Ontario, their second child, Dianne Merrile
Lovlin was born Oct. 30, 1949. While serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Jarle was tragically killed. Mabel then moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. While in Sioux Falls Mabel attended college, graduating from The Christian Workers Institute College, with a certificate in theology, and years later she became a licensed minister.
It was while living and working in Sioux Falls that Mabel met Arthur Leroy Poole, her husband of 57 years. They were married Oct. 16, 1953, in Luverne, Minn. Art and Mabel had two daughters, Marcene Kay Poole, born Sept.25, 1954, in Sioux Falls and LuErna Jean Poole born Feb. 9, 1959, in Pendleton. Mabel and Art lived in Pendleton for approximately 17 years. She managed the housewares department of the Bon Marche, as sales clerk and buyer for many years, then as a bookkeeper for Huskies Truck Stop. Mabel was a Sunday school teacher at the Pendleton First Assembly for many years and considered it a joy and an honor to be of service to others in her lifetime.
In 1974, Art and Mabel moved to Milton-Freewater. Mabel served as the secretary for the Valley Christian Center where she also became heavily involved as a Sunday school teacher and also facilitated the young women's bible study group. In the summers, she was a grounds keeper for the U.S. Forest Service and loved spending her time in the outdoors, and hiking. Mabel and Art had fun going camping together with family, and enjoyed traveling whenever possible.
After retiring, Mabel joined her husband in volunteering for the seniors of the Blue Mountains, providing meals and activities for seniors. Mabel also had a talent for oil painting and loved to paint landscapes of the mountains and enjoyed drawing the animals for her grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was her family and loved ones. She loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren, who were always the center of her life and her prayers. Mabel's greatest desire in life was to be an example of Jesus Love to others.
Mabel is survived by her husband, Arthur Poole of Milton-Freewater, her four children, Lance Lovlin of Medford, Ore., Dianne Hufford of Walla Walla, Marcene Jones of Pendleton and LuErna
Billings of Milton-Freewater; eight grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Marcella Brown and Heloise Peterson, both of Alberta.