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Obituary of Mabel Weaver
Mabel Elizabeth Ward Weaver of Fort Myers, Florida, died January 23, 2023 on the date of her 70th wedding anniversary to her beloved husband, Robert Weaver, surrounded by her family and under the loving care of Hope Hospice and the amazing staff at The Preserve. She was 87 years old.
Mabel was born to Myrtle Lee Chestnut Ward and Orman Edward Ward in Sanford, Florida on December 1, 1935.
Mabel was married to the love of her life, Robert G Weaver, Sr., for seventy years and he survives her. She cherished her children, Judy Weaver, Robert Weaver, Jr. (Buakhai), and Sylvia Powell (Randy) who survive. Mabel was an adoring grandmother to her grandchildren: Aaron Stahl (Marion Elizabeth), Dr. Kristin Powell (Gabe), Jason Weaver, Dr. Joshua Powell (Jennifer), Melissa Walilko (Matthew), Luke Powell (Emily), Bree Weaver, Johnny Weaver (Medploy), Danny Weaver, and Sara Weaver. Mabel also leaves behind three beloved great-grandchildren: Winter Stahl, Kathryn Powell, and Helen Powell, and a great-granddaughter and great-grandson who are on the way. She is also survived by her brother, Rainey.Rainey
Mabel was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Lucy and Jeanette.
Mabel and her beloved husband, Bob, were married in Sanford, FL on January 23, 1953. They immediately drove up to Pennsylvania where Bob was born and raised. On the way, she saw her first snowflakes, which she thought were bugs hitting the windshield, and was puzzled over the changing perspectives of seeing hills and the animals on them! She saw cows on a hill, and thought they were pigs because they looked so small.
Mabel adapted to a new life in Clarion county, PA, where she made many friends. She and Bob worked hard and built a loving home with their children.
Mabel was a wonderful wife and mother. She kept a spotless home for her family and made the most amazing meals. She kept a huge garden, and canned many vegetables and fruits to keep her family fed. She enjoyed playing with her children, teaching them how to play rummy as soon as they could read their numbers. Even after the children were adults and had their own children, she would be sure to have board games, cards and jigsaw puzzles on hand. Mabel enjoyed volunteering at her church, and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many decades in both Florida and Pennsylvania. She also enjoyed singing in the choir.
Mabel loved being in God's beautiful world. She went camping and fishing for many years with her family. She loved the beach, and had many fun picnics on Sanibel and Wiggin's Pass beaches. She was an artist and painted many landscapes and a portrait or two! She was a SCUBA diver and convinced Bob to join her. Mabel was a voracious reader and had a huge vocabulary.
She is greatly missed by her family and friends, but is rejoicing in Heaven and has seen the Face of God.
A Celebration of Mabel's Life will be held March 18, 2023 at 11:00, at the Fort Myers Shores Campus of Grace Church, 14036 Matanzas Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33905 .
Akin-Davis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials can be made to Grace Church-Fort Myers Shores Campus or Hope Hospice.
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