Mabel Soper

Mabel L. Soper age 103 of Logan, Iowa passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Mabel was born May 25, 1915 in Gove City, Kansas to Lemeul and Jenny (Hansen) Boss. Mabel was born in a one room sod house in Gove City, Kansas. She had many wonderful stories of growing up in Western Kansas. Taking a horse and buggy to the one room school house with their horse named Ted, and her brothers teaching her to drive the old Model A. The family moved to Las Animas, Colorado where she married James Vernon in 1932 and they had four children. She later moved to Longview, Washington where she raised her children as a single mother for many years. She was proud of her kids. She worked many jobs in her life, but her most valued job was during WW II, she was the only woman to work the log tower at the Langbell Sawmill. Mabel married Nels Wicks in 1944, they were married until his death in 1976. Mabel retired in 1977, and later married Harlan Soper, they resided in Yuma, Arizona and spent many years traveling with their RV. Harlan passed away in 2001. Mabel moved to Logan, Iowa to live with her daughter Edith. She spent her later years traveling and enjoying time with her daughter and grandkids. She was tough as nails, but had such a warm and caring side and loved her family dearly.

Mabel was preceded in death by children Jim Vernon, Dorothy Hill, Richard Vernon, Edith Dougherty, grandchildren; Nels Parvi, Heidi Salter and Jimmy Vernon.

She is survived by grandchildren: Pamela Zaborzany of Inglis, Florida; Bambi Parvi Brusco of Rainier, Oregon; David Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska; Tim Johnson of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Rusty Vernon of Longview, Washington; Kelly Vernon of Longview, Washingon; Kenny Vernon; Sherry Shoemacher; thirteen great-grandchildern; thirty nine great-great grandchildren; five great-great-great grandchildren.

Wake Service will be Tuesday 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Mr. Dennis Lovell officiating, visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m. at Logan Memorial Chapel in Logan, Iowa.

The family invites everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at St. Anne’s Catholic Church following the committal service.

The family would like to thank everyone who helped Mabel in any way over the last few years. She was so deeply appreciative and counted each of you as her friends. Thank you to the Longview home and the whole staff that took wonderful care of Mabel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Anne’s.


In Loving Memory Of


Mabel L. Soper



May 25, 1915                                      Gove City, Kansas


Entered Into Rest

October 25, 2018                            Missouri Valley, Iowa


Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2018

St. Anne’s Catholic Church – Logan, Iowa


Celebrant                        Father Raphael Masabakhwa


Musician                                                     Becky Loftus



Musical Selections

“Amazing Grace”                                     “You Are Mine”

“Lead Me Lord”                             “How Great Thou Art”


Casket Bearers

Nathan Johnson                                      Dustin Johnson

Stephan Johnson                                   Ashlen Johnson

Tony Jager                                                 Jordan Jager


Final Resting Place

Magnolia Catholic Cemetery

Magnolia, Iowa







  • Cindy Myer Posted October 27, 2018 9:29 pm

    So very sorry and sad that we have to say goodbye to our dear friend. May you rest in peace Mabel and suffer no more. Prayers to family at such a difficult time.❤️❤️❤️???

    • Jenny Jager Posted October 30, 2018 2:15 pm

      Thank you to everyone who helped take care of grandma in any way. She was so very thankful for everyone and everything she had in her life.

  • Bambi PARVI Brusco Posted November 16, 2018 8:28 pm

    “Gramma” was so full of life and ready to go anytime of the day or evening.
    When she lived in Longview, WA (after she retired) she walked 3 miles a day rain or shine. Had a beautiful array of flowers in her flower beds surrounding her home and was forever changing the color scheme of her bedroom.
    She was the Gramma who always had a cookie jar full of homemade cookies.
    I hated when she moved to AZ and missed her a lot.
    As an adult and after she moved to Iowa, I am VERY thankful and feel very blessed to have gotten to fly out for her birthdays,,from her 90th to her 103rd.
    She left a legacy

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