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Mabel F. Gill
Mabel F. GillMusicNotesMabel F. Gill, age 100, formerly of Richwood, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, June 1, 2013 at Sterling House of Colorado Springs.

Born March 10, 1913 to Harley and Osa LeMasters, she grew up on her parent's farm in Richwood, Ohio along with her four siblings: Roy, Margaret, Charles and William. From time to time the family would load up in their Studebaker touring car and return to both their parent's homeland at Crossroads, West Virginia.

Her education began at the one-room Pleasant View School on LeMasters Road, not far from current North Union School complex. She was a graduate of Richwood High School; Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; BA; Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, MBA.

She was first employed part time at the Richwood Creamery. Upon completion of her studies, she taught compulsory school subjects at Byhalia School and coached the girl's basketball team. She married her husband Charles Gill and immediately became ineligible for teaching status as at that time the district rules prohibited married female teachers. She then joined the teaching staff at Raymond District and continued there until World War II when her husband was drafted and sent to France. His absence forced her to give up her teaching career to take over the family business. When he returned from the war, he was so surprised to see how well she had handled his affairs that he rewarded her with a Steinway grand piano which graced their living room for her remaining years.

Her musical proficiency began at an early age: violin, piano, organ and accordion. While in Athens she became the organist at University Presbyterian Church. Following graduation she became the organist at Richwood Baptist Church where she remained in that position for roughly 65 years. Her musical career flourished as she began giving piano lessons in her home and organ lessons at the church. She was active in the Richwood School's special events, served as an accompanist to numerous individuals and musical groups and balanced her work schedule around a heavy calendar of student tutoring, weddings and funerals.

The family coal business gradually evolved into a passing livelihood. Still operating the Pittsburg Paint Store and warehouse, she and her husband entered into the age of coin-operated Laundromats opening locations in both Richwood and Delaware. Years passed. Eventually her eyesight gave way, and her physical body began to weaken; nevertheless, she could frequently be seen making her way down the fractured sidewalks of Franklin Street to town, unable to drive, pushing her walker to her store in the alley, refusing to give up, looking forward to having lunch with her many downtown friends at the Winner's Circle.

Mabel is survived by her two sons: Charles (Karen) Gill, Saratoga, California; Richard Gill, Littleton, Colorado; grandchildren: Jordan Charles Gill, Zachary Dylan Gill, Megan Gill Hensley, and Tracy Gill Dinnel; great grandchildren: Jaden Lily Gill, Eliza Grace Gill, Channing Grace Dinnel, Avery Elizabeth Dinnel, Delanie Joy Dinnel and Luella Leann Hensley.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy, Charles and William LeMasters and a sister, Margaret Weller.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Richwood First Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Owens officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 7 to 9 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Richwood First Baptist Church, 101 East Ottawa Street, Richwood, OH  43344.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Pat Parrott Eby
Reno, Nevada
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Both of you boys were in the nursery at 1st Baptist when I worked in it in the 1950's. I took accordian lessons from you Mother. She also played the organ when I got  married in 1955.
             Pat Parrott Eby

#2 from: Donn Pittman
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Charles & family,

My thoughts are with you.  I recall your mom playing organ at the Baptist Church.  She contributed much to the Sunday Services and is remembered fondly.

Donn Pittman

#3 from: Fritz & Arlene Blue
154 S.Franklin Street  Richwood,Oh 43344
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM

To the family:

What a long life she had and all the changesd she had seen in her lifetime.

I was one of the lunchtime group but,alas we have dissolved since ,because of death & retirement and moving from Richwood. But we had some really interesting discussions and lots of jokes too. I was always was asamazed at Mabel's determined nature and that is what kept her going I guess.

She left us all with good memories and warm thoughts of her.

God bless.

Arlene (I am Randy Wurtsbaugh's aunt)

#4 from: janie casto swavel
upper sandusky oh
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Charlie you have my sympathy...often wondered if you guys stayed in California.would love to hear from you when you get home

#5 from: Janet Blue Dysert
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Thinking of you at this special time. Your Mom lived a good long life. And think of times I have heard her great musical talent. Take care and enjoy the memories.

#6 from: Gary Mannasmith
Creston, Ohio
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Chuck & Dick, So sorry for your loss but what a great long life and contribution to life and humanity. May you find peace and comfort in the Lord.

#7 from: Barbara Benton kemp
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

To Mabel's family,
I will always remember loving to go get paint at the little shop in the alley.  I honestly don't know how Mabel knew where anything was, but she did, and she was always a big help.  Also, I'll never forget how she could take columns of numbers and add them in her head so fast, she was a wiz with numbers. I always enjoyed her playing the organ,and just plain visiting with her, she was so knowledgeable about so many things.  I have missed her since she left to be with you Dick, and I will miss her now.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!'

#8 from: Larry Davis
Richwood, Ohio
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I have many pleasant memories of Mabel in the community and the paint store. Nancy and I always enjoyed listening to her play the organ and piano at different functions in the area. The community will always miss her.

#9 from: Rick & Leslie Riffle
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Rest in Peace, Mabel. You played the organ at our wedding in 1976.

#10 from: Don and Vonnie Wasserbeck
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I just now found this wonderful video depecting the life of your Mother and am in tears as I write this. She was a wonderful lady. I used to pick her up when I'd see her "hotfooting" it uptown on her walker!!! She could tickle the ivories like no other and always had a killer smile on her face! RIP in Mabel!

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