Mabel Lane

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Mabel Lane LUBBOCK-Mabel Lane, age 91, of College Station passed away Feb. 2, 2014, surrounded by loving members of her family. She is survived by one sister, Lily May Carlson; and three children, Patti and husband Gary Prescott of Decatur, Nancy Lane of Houston, and Mike Lane with wife Jana of College Station. Additionally, she has blessed the lives of seven grandchildren, Staci and Lance Prescott, Clint and wife Ashlee, Abby, Katie and husband Jacob, Hallie, and Kirby Lane have all lovingly called her Goodie. Two great-grandchildren await a chance to hear stories about Goodie's strength of character and selfless service to others. Mabel was born in 1922 near Zabcikville, Texas. Following a hands-on work opportunity in farm life and speaking only the Czech language, she and her younger sister, Lily May, made their way to Galveston, where they sought room and board but also found life lessons from a matronly Galveston Ball high school counselor. She insisted they both learn to speak the English language and get an education. They both graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing, in Galveston. Mabel was very proud that her younger sister, Lily May, enjoyed a military career, serving as a Navy Flight Nurse. Mabel stayed in Galveston, working at John Sealy Hospital, where she was in charge of an operating room which was tasked with providing follow-up treatment for World War II casualties. Under the direction of Dr. Truman Blocker, she worked to evolve this Special Surgical Unit into providing specialized treatment for burn victims, most notably to Japanese victims of the atomic bomb blasts that ended World War II. Later, in 1947, following the Texas City Disaster, she was among the first responders to the accident scene. Upon hearing and feeling the explosion, Dr. Blocker gathered his hospital corps of nurses and they traveled by ambulance to the disaster site and started triage efforts to aid survivors. It was during her work as a nurse that she met a young World War II veteran attending medical school on the G.I. Bill named Ralph Lane. She married Ralph and they moved to Lubbock in 1951, where he was a physician with the English & Hunt Group at West Texas Hospital. Ralph, the love of her life, succumbed to a brain tumor in October 1965. She raised their three children in Lubbock while working as a registered nurse. She taught her children the value of hard work, education, and faith in God. She moved to College Station in 1983 to be with family and to help raise grandchildren. The family would like to thank all of her friends in Lubbock, the Uplifters Sunday School Class, Dr. Michael Jones and staff, the Cen-Tex Parkinson's Support Group, Hospice Brazos Valley, and her many other friends for their love for Mabel. Memorials may be made to the Uplifters Class - Benevolent Fund, care of Central Baptist Church, 1991 F.M. 158, College Station, TX 77845. Mabel will be reunited for eternity with the love of her life, Ralph Lane, and inurned in the Columbarium at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 9, 2014
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