Aunt Mabel truly taught us all the meaning of "a life well lived". She actively loved her friends and family and had an amazing ability to remember people and details from her whole life. She was a collector of interesting people and things, and could tell you the story of each one.
We love her and will miss her until we're together again.
Always dignified and graceful but most of all warm and loving. She had a deep love for family and often shared interesting stories of other family I barely or never knew, stories of riding out to the country with her sister when she was a girl, and stories of time spent in Colorado.
Great fun was going through old boxes of pictures with her and my grandmother (Maude Evelyn Stalnaker Colley) and letting them explain the "who's" and "where's" in each picture, and occasionally argue over who's memory was better about whatever picture. I recall I always thought Aunt Mable was the most like their mother, Mary Edith Monroe Stalnaker. She never dominated a conversation but was always the most engaged, and would often have the last word, delivered with her terrific sense of humor. Both Mabel and her mother had a habit of keeping their kleenex tissue in the sleeve of their blouse.
My earliest memories are of visiting her and Uncle Clyde when she managed the motel, and swimming in the pool, and walking the dogs, and holidays and other family gatherings at the lake or Aunt Betty & Uncle Bill's. I recall when we moved back to Pensacola when I was 7, she gave my sisters and me large glass candy jars to hold our shells we collected at the beach, which still sits on a shelf in our house today.
Thank you Aunt Mabel for the example you gave me and the rest of the family for living a life of significance that will live on through future generations.
Love to you and our family,
Mrs. Belle always took care of us when Brad and I were kids together. I remember when I would spend the night over there, she always fixed French toast for breakfast because she knew I liked it. As we got older, we would take our friends and girlfriends to swim at Motel Birmingham's pool. After Manola and I were married and moved back to Birmingham, we took my sister's girls over to swim a number of times. In recent years, we have enjoyed visiting with her at various family gatherings (birthdays and weddings) and she was always pleasant and interesting to talk with. A few years ago, we got a letter from her with an ad for a waffle iron and a check. It was not a special occasion, she just wanted to give us something. She was a very thoughtful person and loved her family very much. It is such a blessing to have your mother that many years especially with her being so alert all of those years. God bless you, Brad and Sandy and all of your family.
We love you,
Doug & Manola Wheeler
Aunt Mabel is so special to us. Although we mourn our loss, we celebrate the wonderful life she lived and loved. Our prayers go out to our family.
Love, Larry, Jan, Kevin, and Kyle