Mabel was born on July 17, 1939 in Duffy, West Virginia to Russell and Opal (Caynor) Carpenter. She was predeceased in death by her parents, and bothers Ford and Kenny. She is survived by her brothers Morris, Ernest, Arnold and her sister Mabel Phillips. She grew up on a small farm in rural West Virginia and raised with conservative values. Mabel helped her parents raise two of her nephews, Ronnie and Jim, whom she is also survived by. While still in school herself, she would walk to the bus with them, often carrying their books for 2 miles so they could keep their hands warm. Mabel was a proud cheerleader at Walkersville High School. While attending Glenville State, during school breaks, Mabel would stay with her Uncle Kermit and work at Woolworths in Norton, OH. During such a break, she met her Uncle’s neighbor’s son Blaine, who was home on leave from the United Stated Marine Corp. After graduating, Mabel moved to Washington, DC where she took a job with the federal government. Soon after Blaine joined her in DC and the two were married on May 30, 1961. Blaine and Mabel purchased their first home together in Fairfax, Virginia and began attending Fairfax United Methodist Church where they have been life long members. In 1975, after many years of waiting, they finally welcomed their daughter, Heather. In 1995, Mabel retired from the federal government where she was a compliance officer for HUD. In 2001 and 2006 she was blessed with granddaughters Britney Campbell and Kaitlyn Campbell.
Mabel’s home was always open to family, friends, and neighbors. Much like her mom, you could always count on a meal, sweet treat and coffee before leaving (and most likely a doggy bag for your trip home). She was a gardener with an array of flowers from azaleas and roses to irises and peonies. Mabel loved watching the wildlife in the comfort of her own backyard. Bird watching became a hobby with blue birds and humming birds being her favorites. Over the years she has had many pets, mostly dogs and cats. Most recently she decided she needed to babysit her granddaughter’s dog, Dancer, which quickly turned into a new living arrangement.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 12:00 p.m. at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030. A committal ceremony will be held 2:00 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd, Triangle, VA 22172. Blaine, Heather, Britney & Kaitlyn will open their home to family and friends following the committal ceremony from 4:30-7 pm. Refreshments will be served.