Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 18, 2013

Mary Elizabeth Mabe

MONTCALM — MONTCALM — Wife and Mother, teacher and friend, Always available to lend a hand, Teaching school children, what a task, When anyone needed her, they only had to ask, Grandchildren loved her, sons adored her, Her house was so much fun, Books to read-toys galore, People always on the run, Love and laughter was her nature, And we know they fit her well, She reached out her hand to her family , Offering help and good cheer, A life clothed with compassion, A life filled with God's love, Although her family will miss her, She has moved to her home up above.

Mary Elizabeth Mabe, 89, of Colt Street, Montcalm, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Loving Hands Adult Care Home in Bluefield.

Born on July 30, 1924 in Mercer County, she was a daughter of the late James Matthew and Arlie Eureka Wood Beggs. She was a graduate of Bramwell High School and Concord College and was a retired school teacher from Mercer County with 26 years. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher's Sorority and the Montcalm-Bluewell Woman's Club. She was a member of the Bluefield OES#66 and a former member of the Rock Chapter of the OES.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus K. Mabe; a son, Larry Mabe; sisters, Eunice Duncan, Juanita Parker, and Charlotte Roberta Holmes; and brothers, Charlie, Matthew and Mason Beggs.

Survivors include three sons, Randall Mabe of Montcalm, Darrell Mabe and Deona of Princeton, and Frederick Mabe of Rock; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; brother,Fred Beggs of Montcalm; sisters, Nawasa Minnix of Princeton, and Eva Perkins of Princeton

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with Minister Tony Reed officiating.

Friends may call on Thursday from 6:00-7:30 at the funeral home, where the Bluefield Chapter of the OES #66 will conduct a memorial service at 7:00.

Graveside services will be conducted on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Lawrence Webb, Aaron Ayoub, Grant Rotenberry, Michael Rotenberry, Brian Rotenberry, Chris Mabe, and Larry Dale serving as pallbearers. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home at 9:30a.m.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.

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