Mabel Virginia (Fransler) Fravel (1921 - 2012)

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Mabel Virginia Fansler Fravel, 90, of Basye, Virginia died on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Center in Winchester, Virginia.

She was born December 7, 1921 in her family home in Basye, Virginia, the oldest daughter of the late B. Ashby Fansler and Edna Blanche Estep Fansler.

Mrs. Fravel was a graduate of Triplett High School in Mount Jackson, Virginia. Before marrying she worked at Shaver's Restaurant in Woodstock, Virginia from 1940 until 1942 and then at Wender's Department Store in Woodstock, Virginia from 1942 until 1944. On November 26, 1942 she married Charles M. Fravel, who preceded her in death. In 1951 they moved to Arlington, Virginia where they lived until retiring to her family home in Basye in 1983. While in Arlington, Mrs. Fravel worked for Hurt's Cleaners as a seamstress out of her home from 1965 until retiring in 1983, and after retiring she continued sewing for NuLook Cleaners in Woodstock, Virginia.

Mrs. Fravel was also preceded in death by her brothers, Nelson E. Fansler, John C. Fansler; sister, Vivian F. Moomaw; two brothers-in-law, Leo V. Moomaw and Thomas H. Fravel, Jr.; and a sister-in-law, Mildred F. Fansler.

Mrs. Fravel was a lifelong member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Orkney Springs, Virginia. Along with her parents, brothers and their wives and sister and her husband, Mrs. Fravel was instrumental in the building of her beloved Church. She was also a member of Orkney Springs/ Basye Fire Rescue Auxiliary.

Mrs. Fravel is survived by a daughter, Deborah C. Helsley and husband Randy K. of Basye; two sons, Charles A. Fravel of Basye and R. Thomas Fravel and wife Trudy A. of Arlington; three grandchildren, Brittany C. Palmer of Charlottesville, Virginia, Ethan T. Palmer of Basye, and Thomas H. Fravel of Arlington; three step-grandchildren, Donald R. Blackwell of Arlington, Virginia, Rhanda C. Helsley of Harrisonburg, Virginia and Rachel J. Helsley of Basye, Virginia; two step-great-grandchildren, Scott A. Blackwell of Arlington and Maddox D. Helsley of Basye; two sisters-in-law, Catherine F. Fansler of Basye, Virginia and Margaret F. Fravel of Richmond, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are nephews Ronald L. Moomaw, Jack O. Fansler, Allen D. Moomaw, Clarence W. Fansler, Gary D. Coffman and Justin T. Stieler. Honorary pallbearers are special friends Shirley Moomaw, members of the Orkney Springs/ Basye Fire Rescue Auxiliary, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lonas, Marc A. Olmsted, and Mrs. Fravel's aide from Hospice, Wanda Stephens.

Her family will receive family and friends at Princes of Peace on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Prince of Peace on Monday at 11 a.m. by the Reverend David C. Drebes. Interment will be at the Church Cemetery immediately following the service. A luncheon will follow in the Church social hall given by the women of the church.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Prince of Peace Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 626, Basye, Virginia 22810; Orkney Springs/ Basye Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 14, Orkney Springs, Virginia 22845 or Blue Ridge Hospice of Winchester, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Dellinger Funeral Home, Mt. Jackson, Virginia.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2012
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