HOWARD — Mabel Grace Divan, 82, of Coshocton Road, Howard, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
She was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Fresno to the late Edward and Carrie (Talbot) Geerts. Mabel was a homemaker and along with her husband were the owner/operators of the Howard Elevator for 20 years. She was a 50-plus year member and very active in the Howard United Methodist Church. Mabel attended 12 years of school in Fresno without missing a single day of school. She graduated from Fresno High School in 1946. She was a member and past president of the Rake and Hoe Garden Club in Howard. She always enjoyed making cookies and giving them away to family and friends.
She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn (Paul) Smith of Fredericktown; two sons, Terry (Mary) Divan of Mount Vernon and Roger (Beth) Divan of Lithopolis; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna Mae (Edward) Cox of Conesville; and two sisters-in-law, Eloise Shrimplin of Warsaw and Dorothy Hulcher of North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory A. Divan, whom she married July 6, 1947. He died Oct. 19, 2000. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Kay Divan; a son, Dan A. Divan; and a sister, Flora Hartsock.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 26, at 1 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home, 412 E. Main St., Warsaw, with Pastor Lee Cubie officiating. Burial will be in the Valley View Cemetery at Warsaw. Visitation is one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Visit www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 95, Howard, OH 43028.