Mabel U. Arant
Mabel Umstot Arant, 99, went to be with the Lord Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. She passed away at home after several years of declining health. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Edna Umstot of Keyser, W.Va., and wife of the late Morgan D. Arant.
Mrs. Arant received her undergraduate degrees in education from Potomac State College and Shepherd College in West Virginia and her master's in education from Duke University. Her 35-year elementary school teaching career began at age 19 in a one-room schoolhouse near her home in West Virginia, included the position of second grade supervisory teacher at Mansfield (Penn.) State Teachers College and concluded as first grade teacher at Paris Elementary in Greenville, S.C., from which she retired in 1980.
Mrs. Arant was a longtime member of Northside United Methodist Church, where she served for 30 years as Sunday School teacher for pre-school children, developed and led a kindergarten program, and ran the summer Vacation Bible School at Paris Mountain State Park. She helped launch the federal Head Start program for low-income preschoolers in Greenville and was a Girl Scout leader. After her retirement Mrs. Arant served as a volunteer in local literacy and meals-on-wheels programs.
Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Arant Handell (Don) of Atlanta, Ga., and Mary Elizabeth Arant McIlwain (Bill) of Simpsonville; two sons, Gary E. Arant of Greenville and M. David Arant (Nancy) of Germantown, Tenn.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
A memorial service will follow at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Northside United Methodist Church followed by visitation with the family at the church.
Memorials may be made to Northside United Methodist Church, 435 Summit Drive, Greenville, SC 29609, or to the
Mackey Mortuary is assisting the family. Condolences may be made on line at www.mackeymortuary.com