Mabel Davis Kennedy Weddell, 91, of Bonita Beach, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 16, in Carmel, Ind.
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She was born in Beulaville, Dublin County, N.C., July 23, 1921 to the late Jay and Ida Mercer Kennedy.
After graduating as valedictorian from high school, she attended Eastern Carolina Teachers College where she played on the women's basketball team. She graduated early, after only three years, with a bachelor's degree in education. She started her teaching career in Jacksonville, N.C. During this time, she volunteered at the local USO where she met her future husband.
After World War II, Mabel married Arthur Olin Weddell, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, of Medora on June 16, 1946 in Jacksonville, N.C. They started their life together in Medora, where they both taught school. In 1948, she received her master's degree in early childhood education from Indiana University. She continued to teach in Batesville and Elkhart. The family moved to Tehran, Iran, in 1962, when Arthur was stationed there as the superintendent. During this time, Mabel taught at the American International School. They returned to the States in c 1965. Mabel continued her teaching career in Monticello, Ind. In 1970, she received a certificate in special education from Purdue University.
Mabel loved to cook, entertain, paint, sew, garden, read, travel, play with her grandchildren, and walk the beach. She was a member of the Indiana University Teachers Association, Bonita Springs First Presbyterian Church, Elks Club, and Tri Kappa Organization. She will be most remembered for her devotion to her family, unselfishness, wisdom, and welfare of others, especially children. She was greatly loved by family and friends and will be forever in our hearts.
Mabel Davis Kennedy Weddell is survived by her children, James Arthur Weddell (Karen Fischer-Weddell) and Mia Suzanne Weddell (Bill Wilson); her brother James Powers Kennedy; grandchildren Jami Ann Weddell, Nicole Kathleen Weddell Tancredi, Lauren Suzanne Weddell, Mackenzie Leigh Arnold, Logan Taylor Arnold, William Arthur Wilson; and great-grandchildren, Nixon Everett Trisler and Oliver Murdock Trisler.
Mabel was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Olin Weddell; son Michael Byron Weddell; sister Mavis Grey Kennedy Shaw; brother Rex Monroe Kennedy; and grandson Zachary Jordan Arnold.
Memorial honorary gift donations may be made to the Julian Center by either visiting their website: www.juliancenter.org or calling (317) 941-2200.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Winklepleck-Weesner Funeral Home, Brownstown, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery Brownstown.
Winklepleck-Weesner Funeral Home, Brownstown, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Jackson County Banner from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2012