OBITUARY ~ MABEL (REED) SHAY
September 09, 1919 ~ October 24, 2011
Mabel SHAY, daughter of George B. REED and Ada (BOSCH) REED was born September 9, 1919 in Blockton, Iowa and passed from
this life Monday, October 24, 2011 at 92 years of age. She was one of four children which was comprised of one son and
three girls who were triplets. Throughout her life, Mabel was very proud of the fact that she was a REED triplet.
She was united in marriage to William E. SHAY November 24th, 1945. They had one son, M. Michael.
Mabel graduated from Blockton High School in 1937. She received her Master's Degree in Education from Drake University.
Mabel taught school for over forty years and retired in 1983 from the Des Moines Public Schools.
Mabel volunteered her services to many area organizations after retiring from the Des Moines School District. Some of
those organizations were the hospice in Osceola, Catechism Classes at Saint Bernard, librarian at the Weldon library
and writing the Weldon News. She was an avid card player and enjoyed chauffeuring her friend to pitch and bridge games.
Mabel was a voracious reader, sometimes known to finish three to four books in a week with her kindle. She was also very
active with her computer, sharing emails, playing scrabble and reading online news articles.
Those relatives who preceded Mabel in death were her parents, George B. REED and Ada REED, husband, William E. SHAY,
brother, John REED, and her sisters, Ferne STRAIGHT, Wilma CLARY.
Mabel leaves to cherish her memory; son, Michael (Tracy) SHAY of Weldon, Iowa, grandchildren, Lance M. (Betsy) SHAY of
Des Moines, IA and Tracy (Matt) DRINKARD of Kansas City, MO; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn L. DRINKARD as well as many
other relatives and a host of friends.
Memorials may be made to Osceola Senior Citizens Center.
Services were held 10:00 am on Friday, October 28, 2011 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 222 E. Pearl St., Osceola, Iowa
50213. Interment was made during a private ceremony at St. Mary's Cemetery, Maloy, IA.
Kale Funeral Home of Osceola
was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2012
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