Mabel Irene Koelling Pruter, 98, of Cartwright, Oklahoma, and former Natoma, Kansas resident, died on Sunday, May 05, 2019, at the Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.
Mabel Irene Schneider was born at Laton, Kansas, December 18, 1920, to Emma (Rediker) and John A. Schneider.
She was baptized January 9,1921 in Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Natoma. Her father died when she was four and the family moved to Natoma. She was confirmed at St. John’s in Natoma. Mabel attended all twelve years of education in the Natoma school graduating in 1939.
She married Walter Koelling on September 6, 1939 in Grand Junction, Colorado. Mabel and Walter made their home in Natoma and raised two daughters, Kathleen and Kristine. Walter passed away in October 1974. She married Alvin Pruter on January 31, 1981. Alvin and Mabel lived 7 years on his farm north of Natoma, moved into Natoma in 1988 and lived in town seven years before he passed away August 5, 1995.
Mabel retired from working in the Ben Franklin Store and Boyd’s Variety after 30 years. She always remarked how thankful she was to have worked for good people and enjoyed the good people of the community. She spent her entire life in the Natoma community except three years with Kathleen in Kansas City and the last year close to Kristine and husband Terry Martin, Cartwright, Oklahoma, in the Southern Pointe Care Center, Colbert, Oklahoma.
She leaves her two daughters Kathleen Williams of Kansas City, Missouri and Kristine Martin (Terry) of Cartwright, Oklahoma, six grandchildren and twelve great grand-children. Mabel has one living brother, Virgil Schneider, Paonia, Colorado, and her brother Orville Schneider is deceased.
One step son, Orville (Betty) Pruter of Natoma, Kansas, is still living. Step sons Ival and Keith have passed. Patty Pruter is a dear step daughter in law. She also has seven step grandchildren, fifteen step great grandchildren, and nine step great-great grandchildren.
A celebration of Mabel’s life will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma, Kansas, with Pastor Michael Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow the church service at the Natoma Lutheran Cemetery in Natoma, Kansas. Viewing and visitation with the family will be from 10 A.M. to service time on Saturday. Memorials may be given to Peace Lutheran Church or the Natoma Community Center and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Natoma, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.