COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Marcia May Gabriel, 86, of Madrid, died Monday, April 17, 2017, in Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 20, at the Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Columbus Junction. Burial will be in the Columbus City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time, Thursday at the funeral home. A general memorial has been established at the funeral home in her name.
Mrs. Gabriel was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Cotter, the daughter of Ward De Pue and Marie Alice (Strayer) Fuller. She married Glen Howard Gabriel Sr. on Sept. 29, 1952, in Santa Barbara, California.
She attended school in Cotter and graduated from Muscatine High School, before she went on to lab technician school in Minneapolis. She worked as a lab technician for the hospital in Maquoketa and in Monticello. Later, she opened Pam’s Style Shop in 1962, and was the first female to receive the chamber’s “Person of the Year.” She was co-chairman of Monticello’s Sesquicentennial in 1986. In 1993 she moved to Ankeny to be closer to family. In 2004 she moved to her final home on an acreage by Madrid. She enjoyed cheering for the Cubs, Hawkeyes and Cyclones. She was an avid supporter of the local, state and federal Republican Party. She enjoyed many years working on crafts, and thoroughly loved time spent with family, especially the bonfires on the farm.
Surviving are three sons, Glen Gabriel and wife Mary of Urbandale, Mark Gabriel and wife Revae of Tama, and Steve Gabriel and Deb Williams of Oelwein; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Harriet Heckathorn, and Mary Hill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five siblings, Richard Fuller, Josephine Crumly, Robert Fuller, Ed Fuller, and Paul Fuller; one daughter-in-law, Teri Gabriel; and special friend, Dwight Evans.