Funeral services for Mabel Mayes were held on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Winner. Burial was in the Winner City Cemetery. Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mabel Ann (Hrabanek) Mayes, age 95, of Winner, was born February 23, 1923 to John and Helen (Benda) Hrabanek in Colome. She was the oldest of six siblings. She grew up on the family farm southwest of Colome and attended Colome Rural School and graduated from Colome High School in May 1941. She was the last of her classmates still living.
She attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, the year following her high school graduation.
While teaching rural schools at Star Valley School she met Charles “Bud” Mayes and they were married July 12, 1953. They farmed and ranched near Ideal and raised six children, Charlene, Mark, Cynthia, Melvin, Catherine, and Monte.
They enjoyed going to dances, family reunions and chaperoned many of their children’s activities. Mabel encouraged music in her children and took her daughters and nieces to Sioux Falls to hear the symphony orchestra.
She was a member of the Ideal Presbyterian Church and the Ideal Ladies Aid and Ideal Homemakers Club. She helped her children with their many 4-H projects and school projects and helped take lunch to the fields as well as helping where needed on the farm. She and her husband helped take care of her mom until her mom went into the nursing home. She was active in helping take care of several of her grandchildren and she always called her grandsons, Lonnie, Gerrad, and Clint her “3 Musketeers.”
She and her husband, Charles, farmed along with her son Mark and when Charles passed away on July 8, 1996, she continued living on the farm along with her son, Mark, and in later years moved into Winner. Due to health issues she moved into the Elder Inn Assisted Living on January 23, 2004 and lived there for almost 13 ½ years before moving into the Winner Long Term Care after September 6, 2017, where she remained until her passing.
In April 2014 she lost her son Mark. She lost sight in her right eye at a young age due to an incident from a Black Smith’s shop and her husband Charles lost sight in his left eye due to playing stick ball. She was a huge Nebraska Huskers fan. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed visiting about current happenings.
Mabel Mayes, age 95, of Winner, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Facility in Winner.
She is survived by her children Charlene Nelson of Winner, Cynthia (John) Peterson of Winner, Melvin (Joan) Mayes of Winner, Catherine Mayes of Kailua, Hawaii, and Monte (Pam) Mayes of Ideal; ten grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; brother Jim Hrabanek; brother-in-law Olaf Larson; sister-in-law Caroline Hrabanek, and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, son Mark, three sisters: Lucille, Irene, and Julia “Toots”, one brother Chuck, grandson Joshua and great-grandson Cole, three nephews and several brothers-in-law and sister-in-law.