Mabel Smith Sodin, 91, passed away Wednesday December 10, 2008 at her home in Abilene. Her memorial service will be 2:00 PM Saturday December 13, 2008 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. Visitation will be Friday December 12, 2008 from 5:30 till 7:00 PM with a Rosary service beginning at 7:00 PM at Elmwood Funeral Home.
Mabel was born October 14, 1917 in Dallas, TX to Louis Sebastian and Maude Schmucker. She was a lifetime Catholic and member of Holy Family Catholic Church and enjoyed attending at University Baptist Church. Mabel loved life which was exhibited in her contagious smile. She was absolutely devoted to her children, grandchildren and her extended family that loved to hang out at 1402 Elmwood Drive. She spent a great deal of time volunteering. She also loved her friends in Red Hats, Bunco Babes, and Birthday Club, and Rose Park Sr. Citizen Center where she led exercise classes. So many came to know and love her thru her many part-time jobs; delivering beauty supplies and being a beauty salon receptionist.
Mabel is survived by six children, Dolly Gremminger and husband Charles, Stephen L. Smith and wife Dana, Debby Krpec and husband Larry, Sandi Smith Davis, Doug Smith and wife Jamie, and Sheri Smith; seventeen grandchildren, Brett Thurman, Scott Thurman and wife Tammy, Riki Bryan, Stephanie Locke and husband Cory, Jerimiah Smith and wife Jennifer, Jason Long and wife Lauren, Jennifer Long, Kaci Krpec, Chaz Davis, Jared Davis, Kelli Davis, Caleb Smith and wife Taryn, Austin Smith and wife Lex, Tad Thompson, Traci Mathews, Whitney Werner and husband Clint, and Lee Chapman; Thirteen great-grandchildren, Joanne Arrazolla, Garett Thurman, Ashley Rogers, Justin Rogers, Taylor Rogers, Tanner Martin, Canaan Mathews, Ryder Mathews, Zoey Mathews, Van Werner, Christopher Locke, Lucy Locke, and Akaia Thompson; two great great-granchildren, Kalee and KC Mathews; one sister, Cecil Callahan; one cousin, Julie Wallace; and Several Nieces and Nephews.
Mabel was preceded in death by her husbands, H. Lee Smith and Harry Sodin; Daughter, Susan Lee Chapman; two sons-in-law, Don Thurman and Chapy Chapman; one grandson, Brandon Krpec; one brother, Bud Schmucker; and dear friend, Dottie Davis.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be sent to, Hendrick Hospice Care, Meals on Wheels of Abilene, Rose Park Senior Citizen Center, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and University Baptist Church
My thoughts are with Sheri, and all of the family. What a wonderful large family Mabel Smith Sodin was blessed to have. It has been years since I have seen her, but her picture is as I remembered her, a very warm, happy smile.
Darlene Tally McKeeverHouston, TX
Please know that my deepest sympathies and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. I loved Mabel very much, and loved to be around her.
Sue Kerley, TX
My deepest sympathy to you all in the loss of you Mom. She was a very special lady with a lot of love for everyone. Each time I pass 1402 Elmwood, I think of Bill and all the great times he had there with the Smith Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Darlene Davis McCaskillAbilene, TX
Ms Mabel was a genuine lady. Many people knew her as granny, she was my Ms Mabel. Mabel was my friend my sister in Christ. I was blessed knowing her. A true Proverbs woman. For Ms Mabel: 2nd Timothy 47I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Ms Mabel will be missed, yet she will live in the hearts of those she touched.
Debbie Parker, TX
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. No one could help being touched by your moms smile and effervescent personality. She was such a good and faithful friend to my mom Sandy Hogan...for which I have always been grateful because she brought my mom such joy.
Reach out, take hold of our Lords outstretched hand and as He gathers you into His arms hear Him whisper softly in your ear, Peace, Shalom I understand.
George Sandra Hogan CoxwellRoan Mountain, TN
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jolene DayAbilene, TX
I have no words to say this morning as I think back over the years to the blessing your Mom has been in our lives. How fortunate we were all those many years ago that God chose to merge our families together, and to nurture those bonds in various ways over time. The love and the memories are strong even though we seldom see each other. Im praying that you ALL can feel the love and prayers of that crazy Hogan family surrounding you and wrapping you up. I leave for Nashville today to go care for three of my grandchildren for the next 12 days. Im so sorry I cant be there with you but Ill be thinking of you, and especially Mabel, as I carry on her legacy in a very small way by passing on Gods love to the next generation of children in my life. She was a GREAT example of love to us all. BIG hugs for my Smith family. Please, lets find a way to keep in touch. Love you all. Patti
Patti Hogan GullahornAustin, TX