Mable Elma, daughter of Percy and Annie Gavelin, was born at the farm home (SE 22-18-2 W2), southeast of Stockholm. Speaking English, Czechoslovakian and Swedish at three years of age, Mable continued to take great pride in her heritage.
She attended Kolin School, four miles away, arriving on horseback. Here, she had memories of the seasonal activities such as "fox and goose" in the winter, and helping boys snare gophers in the spring.
A very exciting occasion occurred in May of 1939 when the school attended the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Broadview, where Mable was in the front line carrying the school banner.
In the spring of 1943, when the family moved to Tantallon, Mable found herself in a larger school where she enjoyed basketball, table tennis, softball, and track and field events.
On August 6, 1945, Mable married Ivan Godwin of Tantallon. They worked very hard at mixed farming, later becoming involved with vegetable growing, and eventually potatoes. In early times Mable would drive Ivan’s school bus route when roads were good. Later she worked as the Regional Parkland Library Bookmobile assistant.
Along with the large task of raising a family of seven children, Mable was involved with everything community.
Over the years she was an active member of United Church Women, held the position of secretary-treasurer to the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Canadian Legion in Tantallon, volunteered with Tantallon Figure Skating Club, and held membership with the Tantallon Housing Committee. She took part, as did most of the community, in supporting the Tantallon Agricultural Fair.
Never one to be idle, Mable enjoyed a number of hobbies and pastimes. She took pleasure in reading, curling, gardening, refinishing furniture, quilting, berry picking, and caring for the family cat or dog. Other than watching sporting events and news, you would not find her in front of the television. Anyone who knew and loved Mable would agree that she loved lengthy telephone conversations.
Mable had an amazing personality. Her positive attitude, strong character, and belief in God would carry her with grace through the most difficult of times.
Her phenomenal mind allowed her to recall dates and details of past events such as weather, community history, and conversations.
She could remember the birthdays of everyone in the family, and had the ability to pick out the perfect Christmas gift for all. Family and friends were always foremost in her mind as she would make a point of keeping in touch through visits in person or by phone either to their home, care home, or hospital.
Mable often offered matriarchal support to extended family, and could always set an extra plate at the table for unannounced visitors who knew they would be welcomed and loved.
Nothing gave Mable more pleasure than the company of friends and family, as she would positively glow during large gatherings and celebrations.
Mable was predeceased by her parents, twin infant sisters Katherine and Marie, husband Ivan, daughter Carol Lowe, sister-in-law Jean Gunn, sister-in-law Caroline Godwin, brother-in-law Jim Gunn, brother Brian Irvine, brother-in-law Murray Godwin, sister-in-law Pat Godwin, sister-in-law Darlene Godwin, brother-in-law Jim Bromberg, and brother-in-law Elwood Perry.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her children: Ken (Marcia), Deanna Bayless (Gord Beaton), Lionel (Diane), Yvonne Howie, Marlon (Terria), and Melissa Nofziger (Todd).
She also leaves to mourn her brother Lawrence Gavelin and sister Gwen Bromberg. Mable’s family included 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Tantallon Rink Hall with Dawn Wilson officiating.
Interment followed in the Valley View Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Tantallon Rink, Tantallon, Sask.
Peter Carscadden Funeral Service in care of arrangements. (306) 745-3304.
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