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Mabel L. Adolphson

Mabel L. Adolphson passed away peacefully with her family at her side Saturday, May 28, 2011.   

She received loving care from the staff at Edgewood Vista Senior Living, where she resided during the last four years of her life.

Mabel was born April 14, 1920, to Ida and Lewis Eide of Brainerd.

She married Bruno H. Adolphson Nov. 12, 1938, in Brainerd with Father James Hogan officiating.

She is predeceased by her husband; son, Donald; her parents; two sisters and three brothers.

Mabel is survived by her two daughters; Marie (Roger) Landsburg, Brainerd; Marilynn (Larry) McNurlin, Cumberland, Wis.; son, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Adolphson, Park Rapids; eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, one brother, three sisters and many nieces and nephews.  

Mabel was born, raised and lived in Brainerd all her life. She was next to the oldest of 10 children. Mabel was educated at St. Francis Catholic School and completed her education at Brainerd High School. She was a life-long member of St. Francis Catholic Church. 

As a young girl, Mabel played the violin, loved tap dancing and also enjoyed playing the organ at her grandparent’s home. As a young woman, she joined the Ladies’ Drum and Bugle Corps and, though small in stature, she played the bass drum. Throughout her life she enjoyed gardening as well as sewing, including quilting and needlework.

Mabel began her working career in the restaurant industry and due to her training became an excellent cook. She began her experience at a young age while working at some of the local restaurants. During World War II, while her husband was at sea in the Navy Submarine Force, she worked in a defense plant threading 21” airplane bolts. 

Mabel was a trained seamstress and worked in that field for several years. She also served as a pharmacy assistant for five years.  

For the last 25 years in the work force, Mabel was employed with Thrifty White Corporation. She was a senior cosmetician and buyer, with extensive training, working with a vast number of cosmetic companies. Throughout those years, she received numerous awards for exemplary service and outstanding achievements.

Mabel loved to travel and with her husband had visited every state in the USA.   They also traveled extensively throughout Europe, Finland, and Canada.  She continued to travel with her family following the death of her husband, Bruno, in 1992. Her travels included Paris, France, for her 80th birthday, England, Scotland, Wales, Scandinavia, and continued to visit many states in the U.S.

Mabel has always been a center focus of her family, as in turn, her family was her center focus. She was well known for her beautiful smile and positive attitude no matter what she encountered. Mabel was a woman of patience, strength, courage and grace, setting an example to all.

A visitation will be held at Nelson Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd on Thursday, from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 3, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with interment at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, (County Road No. 3) following the Mass. There will be a visitation at noon on Friday, an hour before the service, at the church. A celebration of Mabel’s life, followed by a dinner, will be held at Timbermist Banquet Center at 3 p.m. Timbermist is located six miles north of Memorial Gardens Cemetery on County Road No. 3.

Memorials given in memory of Mabel will be donated to Hospice, Memorial Gardens Cemetery and University of Minnesota Medical Foundation/Movement Disorder Research.

Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.