NORTH PLATTE -- Mabel W. (Lefdal) Wood Baker, 93 of North Platte passed away May 28, 2009, at Linden Court.
She was born in Howard, S. D. on Jan. 30, 1916, to William Samuel Andreas and Matilda Elsie (Roti) Lefdal.
She was baptized in 1916 in the Belleview Lutheran Church . She grew up on the farm with six brothers Arthur, Olaf, Iver, Roy, Edwin, David and two sisters Marie and Gladys. Mabel attended Remacle School , was confirmed in the Belleview Lutheran Church in 1929 and attended school in Howard for a time.
She married Dewain (NMI) Wood on Jan. 20, 1933, in McCook County at Salem, S. D. They lived in Winfred, S. D. for a few years, where two sons were born, Russell and Dewain.
In 1937, the family moved to Eastern Nebraska where Mr. Wood was employed. In 1939, they moved to North Platte where they lived for many years. They joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA).
During World War II Mabel was employed as a sewing teacher at the Singer Sewing Center and clerk at J.C.Penney Company and Montgomery Ward retail stores. Son, William "Bill" was born in 1944. After World War II in 1948, Mr. Wood's work took the family to Bird City and Atwood, in Northwest Kansas and David City in Eastern Nebraska.
After son, Dewain graduated from high school at David City, in 1954, they moved back to North Platte. Mabel was Unit Sales Leader for the Stanley Home Products Company in Southwest Nebraska. In 1960, daughter Barbara Lefdal was born and she was raised by Aunt and Uncle Roy and Lucille Lefdal at Howard, S. D.
Mabel was a long-time member of KOPS (Keeping Off Pounds Sensibly), 42 plus years a member of F.O.E. Auxiliary. A long-time member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 163, Sarah Rebekah Lodge No. 10 IOOF, Colfax L.E. Auxiliary No. 23 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the UTU Twin Rivers Lodge No. 379.
In December 1969, she married Roy E. Baker. After his retirement they enjoyed traveling in their camper and joined The National Campers and Hikers Association, Good Sam Campers, Campandancers Square Dancers group and UPRR Campers group. She loved to fish and hunt, and bowling and ice fishing were favorite winter sports.
Survivors include sons, Russell (Patsie) Wood of Indianola, Dewain (Carolyn) Wood of Golden, Colo., and William Wood of Milwaukee, Wis.; daughter, Barbara (Tom Walsh) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; step-daughters, Adella Meredith of Grand Island, and Ramona Dobbins of North Platte; step-sons, Ronald (Glennis) Baker and Ralph Baker, all of North Platte; sister-in-law, Nyla Lefdal of Howard; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Dewain Wood and Roy Baker; sisters, Marie Sandene and Gladys Voeltz; brothers, Arthur, Olaf, David, Roy, Edwin and Iver Lefdal; a step-daughter, Roianne McLaughlin; sisters-in-law, Ester Lefdal, Lucille Lefdal and Maudie Lefdal; and brothers-in-law, Nils Sandene and John Voeltz.
A memorial has been established in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Services were June 1, 2009, at First Lutheran Church in North Platte with the Rev. Frank Fitch officiating. South Dakota services will be 11 a.m. June 3, 2009, at Willoughby Funeral Home in Howard with burial to follow in the Belleview Lutheran Cemetery.