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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mable Smith Woody Plum, age 91, a former resident of Fort Scott, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at the Sunset Manor Nursing Center, Frontenac, Kan.

She was born June 7, 1919, the daughter of Robert Emmitt Smith and Anna Myrtle Gemmill Smith at their farm home near Savonburg, Kan.

She attended grade school at Mt. Pleasant near her home, and graduated from High School in Stark, Kan.

She moved to Exeter, Calif., in 1939 where she was employed as a merchandise buyer for Crowe Hardware and Appliance Co.

She returned to Kansas in 1941, and Mable was the first female gas station attendant in Kansas, working for Skelly Gas Co., in Coffeyville, and was later parts manager and bookkeeper for Coffeyville Implement Company.

In 1945 she moved from Overland Park, Kan., where she worked at Castle's Store as a sales clerk, to Savonburg and later Iola, where she worked for Alladin Dress Shop.

She also worked with her father on the family farm in Savonburg and was a clerk at Olson's Grocery & Feed Store.

She married Ira Woody in 1944, and they were later divorced.

She married Howard Plum in September of 1965, in Savonburg. They were engaged in farming and raising registered Hereford cows at their farm home near Walnut, Kan.

They retired in 1987 and moved to Fort Scott. Mr. Plum preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 1988.

She resided at Guest Home Estates and more recently at the Sunset Manor in Frontenac.

She was a member of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle, the Walnut Christian Church Ladies Aide. She enjoyed sewing and raising strawberries.

Survivors include a daughter, Willa A. Cable and husband Charles, Redfield, Kan.; and a brother, Willie Smith, Moran, Kan.

Also surviving are three grandchildren, Cherri Walrod and husband Paul, Eudora, Kan.; Bob Cable and wife Lori, Lamar, Mo.; and Ashley Semple and husband Stuart, Redfield, Kan.; 12 great grandchildren; three nieces, several cousins and many friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a great-grandson, Luke Matthew Cable, and a step-daughter, Norma.

Pastor Charles Cable assisted by Bob Cable will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Rosedale Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested either to the Grace Baptist Tabernacle or the Gideon's and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S, Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.