Mabel M. Humble, a former teacher and world traveler, died Dec. 5, 2005, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home. She was 100.

A memorial service was held Dec. 10 at John Day United Methodist Church. Vault interment took place in Baker City at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Ms. Humble was born Feb. 9, 2005 in Baker City to Martin and Nettie Humble. She was the youngest of five children.

She graduated from Baker City High School in 1923, and began a teaching career at several small, one and two room elementary schools in Baker County. She attended Seton Hall College in Pennsylvania and then Ashland Normal School in Oregon where she graduated with a teaching degree in 1932. In the fall of 1932, she returned to Baker County and taught at McEwen and Plano. Ms. Humble not only taught eight grades in these small one or two room schoolhouses, she was the janitor as well.

In 1935, she moved to Klamath County and taught at Merrill, Bonanza and Altamont schools until she retired in 1968. After her retirement, she moved to John Day and lived with her sister, Helen Southworth.

The Methodist Church was an important part of her life, and she was an active volunteer in the John Day United Methodist thrift shop until she was in her late 80s. She was also a member of the Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary and crocheted many of the baby blankets that were given to the newborns at the hospital.

Ms. Humble loved to travel and spent her summer breaks from teaching traveling Europe, Japan, Canada, Norway, Mexico, the South Pacific and within the U.S.

She is survived by nieces, Helen Bieghler of Medford, Brenda Pank of Connecticut, Barbara Hill of Massachusetts; nephew, Ronald Southworth of Atlanta, Ga.; and numberous great-nephews and great-nieces.

Contributions may be made to the John Day United Methodist Church or the Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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