Mabel Marken, Wessington SpringsMabel Marken, 102, Wessington Springs, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Aurora-Brule Nursing Home, White Lake.
Mabel Marken, 102, Wessington Springs, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Aurora-Brule Nursing Home, White Lake.
She was born on Sept. 3, 1910.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Wessington Springs. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Wessington Springs.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Basham Funeral Home, Wessington Springs. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Mabel Ada Marken was born at her parents’ farm in Marlar Township, Jerauld County, to Eilert and Anna (Klink) Marken.
She was welcomed by one sister and four brothers.
She was baptized at Lane in October 1910, and she was confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Lane in October 1925.
She attended the Miller Country School, later named the Beers Country School, and attended Wessington Springs High School.
Mabel loved working with 4-H and winning several trips to the State Fair in Huron.
She enjoyed caring for other folks and children in South Dakota, California and Oregon. She helped in the garden market at Spearfish.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, holding many offices and helping with projects towards orphanages and the needy folks.
She was a member of LWML.
In February 1997, she retired and moved into Weskota Apartments, and in 1998, she became a resident of Aurora-Brule Nursing Home, White Lake.
She is survived by one niece, Connie Swenson and her husband Charles, Woonsocket; two nephews: Lloyd Marken and his wife Lynette, Reliance; and Craig Marken and his wife Wanda, Tucson, Ariz.; and many great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her one sister, Helene Marken Olinger (Nick), Woonsocket; and four brothers: Fred G. Marken, August Marken, Henry Marken, all of Wessington Springs; and John P. Marken, Escondido, Calif.
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