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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mable Charlene Morilla, 88, former resident of 730 S. Horton, Fort Scott, went home to be with our Lord Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Guest Home Estates.

She was born Jan. 7, 1923, in Santa Anna, Calif., the seventh of 17 children born to Rudolph Edward Franke and Evanella Juden Franke.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Arlene, age 2, and 13 siblings.

Mable was immersed in baptism together with her sister on July 30, 1935, in Long Beach, Calif., at the age of 12. She taught Sunday school at age 15 at Bethel Tabernacle, and, together with her sister, sang at church weddings and funerals in Southern California. She also was active singing in a prison ministry in the county jail and on a weekly radio station. She attended cosmetology school and worked as a switchboard operator. During WWII she was a clerk/typist for the U.S. Air Force.

Mable married Elmer Everett Morilla on May 6, 1945, in Fort Scott. Mable was wife, mother and homemaker. When her children were young, she was very active with her daughters in 4-H and was a Stanley Home Distributor. She was an excellent baker and seamstress, including baking and decorating elaborate wedding cakes and cakes for all occasions. She sewed countless outfits for her daughters and tailored men's suits and apparel for others.

Mable has written over 155 poems and songs and was a member of Community Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband Elmer; three daughters, Caron Turner, Shamrock, Texas, Linda Bower and husband Chet, Fort Scott, and Betty Guder and husband Dale, Lawrence, Kan.; one son, Edward Morilla of Shamrock, Texas.

Also surviving are three sisters, one brother, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Following cremation, a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Community Christian Church.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Private family burial will take place later in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to either the Community Christian Church, Narrow Road Ministries, Hospice Compasses or the Guest Home Estates and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.