Funeral services for Mabel Lorene Garrett will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel in Early. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery at Grosvenor, Texas, with Pastor Todd King officiating. Visitation will be 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

She passed away from this life Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood, Texas.

Mabel was born Feb. 23, 1922, in eastern Coleman County, Texas, to Harvey H.L. and Ellen Cates Lovel. She was the ninth of nine children. She grew up in Coleman and Brown counties. Mabel began her schooling in the new brick school located in Grosvenor, Texas, for the 1928-29 school year.

Her family stayed in Grosvenor until 1934 when they moved to Sour Lake in Hardin County, Texas. One year later they returned to Coleman County and settled near the Buffalo community in 1936. Mabel finished school at the Buffalo school.

She met the love of her life, Clarence Garrett, in the 1940s at the Douglas Aircraft base in Oklahoma where she was employed. She worked assembling airplanes for the military to be used in World War II.

When the war was over, she and Clarence moved to Alvin, Texas, and remained there until the 1960s, when they relocated to the Shreveport, La., area.

Mabel went to work at Western Electric which was part of AT&T building telephones, she worked there until she retired in 1984.

Clarence passed away in 1980. She returned to Brown County to be near her sister at Grosvenor. Mabel lived with her niece/caregiver for several years before spending her last months in a local nursing home.

Left to treasure her memories are her daughter, Linda Ainsworth of Keithville, La.; niece and care giver, Wyvetta Smiley Casey of Grosvenor, Texas; and one step-daughter-in-law of Hampton, Ga. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one stepson, Edward Garrett; three brothers; five sisters; and four nephews.

Where Mabel once walked the dirt roads of Texas, she now walks the streets paved in gold hand-in-hand with her Lord Jesus.

Friends and relatives may sign her online guest book at heartlandfuneralhome.net.

Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.