Martha Mabe passes at age 100


Martha Jane Mabe of London passed away Saturday at the age of 100. Mabe had spent most of her full and active life in the community, running local businesses with her late husband, Robert, such as Mabe’s Drive In, The Snack Shop and Steakhouse Restaurants, The LampPost and Youth Centre clothing stores along with raising her family.

“She was just a sweetheart of a lady,” said David Mabe, Martha’s son and owner of Mabe’s Clothing and Athletic Apparel. “She always enjoyed being around people, both at the store and out in the community. She always appreciated people’s support of us at the store and all the local businesses.”

Martha turned 100 last May and opted to work at the family store that day, something which her son said she was happy to do. She had said it meant a lot to her to be able to make that decision.

She attributed her longevity to both genetics and a refusal to be stagnant.

Her commitment to staying busy and supporting the community is what many people will remember about her. Not only did she work on her 100th birthday, she worked up to the week before her passing. She was a seamstress and embroiderer at the clothing store where she had done the job since the 1970s. She hand-stitched countless items including the London High School athletic jackets.

In a Madison Press article that ran May 18, the day after her 100th birthday, Mabe said it’s important to stay as active as possible, as often as possible.

“I have worked all my life. I feel work never hurts anybody,” she said. “I do this because I enjoy doing it.”

London Mayor Pat Closser said Martha Mabe was a staple in the community and that her contribution to London was amazing.

“Martha Mabe was one of the greatest ladies I had ever met,” he said. “Anyone who is from London or lived here in the last 80 years, probably crossed paths with her. She was one of the kindest and nicest people.” Closser’s memory was of a woman determined to be there for her community and the people in it.

“Something that I really remember about her was when I was present at her 100th birthday party get-together,” Closser said. “Even on that day, before the cake was even cut, she was the first person to offer help. We had to remind her that the day was for her.” He said that for as long as he knew her, she never stopped doing something.

“Our condolences go out to her family,” he said. “Her passing is a real loss to the community.”

For complete obituary information, including services, see page 2.

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Martha Mabe is working on a London High School team jacket on May 17, her 100th birthday. In a feature article that ran in The Madison Press the next day, Mrs. Mabe said it was one of her goals to come into work on her birthday.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/09/web1_MarthaMabepiccol.jpgMartha Mabe is working on a London High School team jacket on May 17, her 100th birthday. In a feature article that ran in The Madison Press the next day, Mrs. Mabe said it was one of her goals to come into work on her birthday. Gary Brock | The Madison Press
Active in London community her entire life

By Michael Williamson

mwilliamson@aimmediamidwest.com

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