Mabel Lucille PIPER

PIPER

Mabel Lucille Piper of Abbotsford, B.C., passed away peacefully on Monday, May 5, 2008 at the age of 87. She was born on May 14, 1920 to Billiam and Martha Qually in Dacotah, Manitoba. She was the fourth of seven children and grew up on their large family farm. She enjoyed riding horses bareback, helping with the farming chores and was an excellent student and an avid reader. She attended Business School in Winnipeg and worked as an Executive Assistant for the Bank of Montreal and Endako Mines. Mabel had a zest for life and was quick to establish life long friendships in all of the locations they lived, Dacotah, MB, Claresholm, AB, White Rock, Fraser Lake, Kamloops and Abbotsford, B.C. Their home was a gathering centre where a delicious meal could appear at a moment’s notice, a competitive game of cards and a lodging for traveling friends and family were always a welcome retreat. Mabel and Arnold were congenial hosts and their hard work and ability to take on new challenges made their years as owners and proprietors of Lake Shore Resort a successful and fulfilling adventure. Mom would have six pies made before six in the morning, run the store, restaurant, rent cabins and boats, pump gas and raise her children with an effervescent and endless energy. Mabel was a strong, sensitive, organized and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Arnold, of 56 years, her brothers Stanley, Douglas and Edwin, her sister Marion, her son-in-law Jock and grandson Trev. She is survived by her children Wayne, Marlene, Lois and Joanne, her two sisters Eunice and Valetta, eight grand children and eleven great grandchildren. She is lovingly remembered by her family, many friends and her extended family at Hallmark on the Park. A private family service will be held in White Rock. Those who so desire may make a memorial donation to the Salvation Army.