Born on October 22, 1913, Mable Mae Miller-Parker left this world to be with Jesus on December 10th, 2020. Mable grew up near West Lima where she attended school and helped her parents Faith and Delbert Miller on the farm. Mable is the youngest of seven children. Times were hard in the early 1900s. Indoor plumbing was a luxury she didn’t have. Heat came from the wood stove, and light from the oil lamps. Mable spoke of selling Cloverine salve to earn enough money to buy her mother a special gift of a set of glasses because her mother had never had a set of glasses. She remembered a very special Christmas when no presents were expected and when she woke up on Christmas Day they had a small Christmas tree. What a wonderful surprise! And then she found under the tree a dolly with eyes that open and close! It was her first, only and favorite doll.
When at the grocery store with a friend one day, Mable met Earl Parker. They double-dated with friends, and when she was 17, Mable and Earl eloped to Winona, Minnesota to be married. They were married for 66 years when Earl passed. Mable was a wife and mother, and a faithful Christian. Mable and Earl have two daughters, Edna and Darlene and twin sons Larry and Laverne who died in infancy. Mable spent time tending to her family and home, reading, especially reading the Bible, attending church, praying, and praising the Lord. Even though theirs was a small income, Mable made sure her family had three meals a day from scratch because there was no other way. She had a garden and canned. There were no restaurants, McDonald’s or frozen foods available. Going out for dinner meant visiting a relative. Jello was a winter-time treat because they had no refrigerator. Mable kept a clean house and clean clothes. Mable darned socks and sewed and patched clothing. Cleaning meant carrying water from the pump to the stove to heat it before washing dishes by hand, bathing, washing floors and windows and washing clothes with a washboard until she later got a washing machine that ran on gas. Mable loved to bake and when rationing ended, she baked pies, cakes and cookies and shared with her neighbors. Earl (and the rest of us) loved her butterscotch pie.
Mable has seen much during her life. In 1913 women’s suffrage marched on Washington, Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line, the first crossword puzzle is published, and Mable Miller was born. Some of the history she has seen includes Bell and Watson’s first telephone conversation, World War I, the 1918 flu pandemic, women given the right to vote, movies with sound, Mount Rushmore, the stock market crash and the Great Depression and World War II. Mable remembered rationing and using stamps and tokens for food and gas. Mable finally had indoor plumbing and electricity in the 1940’s! History continued with the Korean War, color television, the polio vaccination, McDonald’s incorporating, the first U.S. space satellite, the Internet, and the first man on the moon. Mable has seen many inventions from the Brillo pad to Pyrex, pop up toasters, hairdryers, aerosol cans, jet engines, the Slinky, pacemakers, stereos, Kodak Instamatic cameras, smoke detectors, pocket calculators, CD players, World Wide Web, PlayStation, Twitter, DVDs, PCs, Laptops, Smartphones, microwaves, power steering, power windows, power brakes, and so much more.
Even though she was a little girl, Mable remembered the flu pandemic of 1918-1920. She spoke of people wearing masks and of the many illnesses and deaths. Unfortunately, 100 years later, Mable fell victim to complications from Covid-19. We mourn with the world the effect this pandemic has had in separating and isolating loved ones and taking them from us.
Mable kept up with the news and what was going on in the world, but her favorite pastime was spending time with her family and friends. Thank you to all her family and friends who visited her, called her, wrote to her and attended her many birthday parties. Mable loves you all.
Mable is survived by daughters Edna Anderson (Cliff Maas) of Barre Mills, Darlene (Thomas) Larsen-Fogarty of Wisconsin Rapids, grandchildren Denise Pizzino, Marcia Robbins, Larry Anderson, Brian Anderson, great-grandchildren Patrick Robbins, Kyrie Pizzino, Lynda Pizzino, Brianna Anderson and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Mable is preceded in death by her husband, twin sons, sons-in law Stanley Anderson and Byron Larsen; brothers Elgie (Thelma), Charles (Ethel), Roy (Hazel), and George (Gladys) and sisters Blanche Rittenhouse, and Rosa (Dewey) Elliot.
Services will be held on Thursday December 17th at 1p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Officiating will be Pastor Rick Sella burial to follow at the Bloom City cemetery in Bloom City.
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