Mabel Gillett, 88, of Waterloo, died at Mercy Hospital Monday from injuries in a fall. She was born August 26, 1924 in New Hartford, daughter of John David Forest and Tillie (Huisman) Hersey. Mabel graduated from New Hartford High School in 1941 and graduated from Gates Business College.
Mabel married James L. Gillett on September 12, 1947 in Waterloo. He died August 15, 1986. She farmed with her husband and then was business manager for Jane's Flowers & Gifts, retiring in 1976. After retirement she served as a missionary in Ireland 1977 2009.
Mabel is survived by her son James W. (Jean) Gillett of Dublin, Ireland; daughter Mary (Paul) Kline of Norwalk, Iowa; 6 grandchildren: Jonathan (Priscilla) Gillett, Ft. Montgomery, TX; Julie (Andy) Burnfield, Longview, TX; Mark (Jessalyn) Kline, Des Moines, IA; Leah (Abram) Miller, Dubuque, IA; Sarah (Jonathan) Bracewell, Lawton, OK; and Lois Kline, Norwalk, IA 12 great-grandchildren: Zoe and Lexi Gillett; Amelia Burnfield; Caedmon, Jayden, and Benjamin Kline; Josiah, Jude and Joshua Miller; James, William and Daniel Bracewell brother: Fred Hersey, Waterloo 4 sisters: Gloria Card, Marshalltown, IA; Betty Ehmen, Waterloo; Minnie (Fred) Feckers Clarksville, IA; and Jane Rice, Waverly Preceded by: brother John Hersey
Services: 11 a.m., Saturday at Western Ave. Gospel Hall, Waterloo with burial in Waterloo Cemetery; visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Friday at Locke Funeral Home, (319) 233-6138; Memorials Ireland Outreach International, PO Box 1772, Waterloo, IA 50704 Condolences may be left at www.LockeFuneralHome.com