Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
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Niobrara County Library - Mable Clair (Helfer) Lawler (May 12, 1886 - December 27, 1974)

Mable Clair (Helfer) Lawler (May 12, 1886 - December 27, 1974)

The Lusk Herald
January 9, 1975

Mable Lawler Service Held Here Friday

Funeral service was held January 3 at 2 p.m. at the Open Bible Church for Mable C. Lawler, a former Lusk resident, who died December 27 at her daughter's home in Cottonwood, Ariz. The Peet Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

The service was conducted by the Rev. Frank Bozart, the same minister who was serving the church when Mrs. Lawler last lived in Lusk and attended services there.

Mrs. J. P. Watson was organist and accompanied Mark Lohr as he sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond the Sunset."

Casket bearers were Charles B. Thomas, Charles F. Lawler, Steve J. Reed, Mark P. Lawler, Keith Parmely, and Bob Lawler. Burial was at the Lusk Cemetery.

Mable Clair Helfer was born May 12, 1886, to Jesse and Sara Helfer in Kansas. At the age of 11 she moved with her parents to Hebron, Neb., where she grew to womanhood. She had four sisters and three brothers and several half sisters and brothers. All have died previously except the younger sister, Leora Davis, Wesley Gardens, Des Moines, Wash, who is very ill and hospitalized at this time.

Mrs. Lawler was married to John C. Lawler in 1904. He was the owner of the Hebron Dairy and they operated it until the spring of 1907 when they moved to Sioux County, Neb. on a homestead. They lived in that area and engaged in ranching until retiring.

Mrs. Lawler bought a home in Lusk and was active in church work. When her health began to fail she went to live with her daughters in South Dakota.

In the spring of 1974 she went to Cottonwood, Ariz., to live with her oldest daughter.

Survivors include her children: Thelma Abel, Cottonwood; Eugene Lawler, Meeteeste; Arnold Lawler, Parkman; Dorothy Abel and Deryce Reed, Belle Fourche, S. D.; Ramona Horner, Crawford. Neb.; Laurine Nunn, Anaheim, Calif.; John Clair Lawler, Sidney, Mont.; Grace Parmely, Thermopolis; Albert Lawler, Portland, Ore.; one sister, Leora Davis, Des Moines, Wash.; 40 grandchildren 41 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Her husband, parents and one granddaughter in addition to her brothers and sisters died previously. A memorial has been established.

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