Mabel Marie King Phillips was born to Meryl Rosetta Chism and Henry Cleveland King in Braden, Oklahoma, on February 3, 1919. Mabel passed away May 24, 2019 at her home in Springdale. She was 100 years old. Mabel had five siblings, a brother, Loyd, and sisters, Sylvia, Dorothy, Lea and Dell, who all preceded her in death.
Early on Mabel’s family moved to Fayetteville where her father was in the grocery business. Mabel attended Fayetteville High School and Fayetteville Business College. She worked for various companies before she and her husband, Carroll, opened Peter Pan Cleaners in Fayetteville and Central Cleaners in Springdale. Mabel and Carrol had three daughters, twins, Mary Sue and Linda Lou, and the youngest, Carol Ann. Carroll, her husband, preceded her in death in 1991.
Mabel had several talents. She loved writing poetry and won several awards. She tap-danced, sang and played the piano, and loved all types of music. She was a great cook, home decorator and sewed. Her family always had pets, particularly dogs including one on the day she died. She attended several churches in Springdale.
In addition to her daughters Mabel is survived by two sons-in-law, Charles Cate (Mary Sue’s husband) and Jim Batchelor (Carol Ann’s husband); six grandchildren, Jennifer, Nathan, Michael, Christopher, Kelly and Zachary; seven great-grandchildren, Mallory, Chaz, Tyler, Noah, Natalie, Isabella and Sofia; and one great-great-grandchild, Maya.
Mabel had a full life and met everyone with a smile and contagious loved. She will be missed.
A memorial graveside service was Thursday, May 30, at Friendship Cemetery.