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Mable Henning

July 09, 2017

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Mable A. (Hill) Henning, 100, long-time Fargo resident, passed away peacefully on July 9 under the care of the Trails of Orono and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice, Minneapolis.

Preceded in death by her husband Joseph and daughter Mary, she is survived by her daughter Patricia Henning Strother (Patrick), Mound, MN; grandchildren Sara (fiancé Jason Michalicek) and Ryan, all of Minneapolis; brother Robert Hill (Mary), Cambria, CA; nephew and godson Rick Hill (Eloyes), Duluth, MN; and many other nieces and nephews.

Mable’s father delivered her at home on Christmas Eve 1916. She graduated from Bottineau High School in 1936 and attended the North Dakota School of Forestry where she had the leading role in the operetta H.M.S Pinafore. Shortly after she moved to Fargo-Moorhead where she served as Board Chairman of the Clay County Gasoline Rationing Board during the war. Her pioneering spirit led her to a business career as manager for Murphy Finance until 1958. Mable traveled the US and Cuba with friends, golfed, bowled, swam and biked. Known for her incredibly good shot, she hunted pheasant and the occasional rabbit caught violating her garden.

She began her nearly 50-year marriage to Joe Henning during a blizzard on February 20,1957. After their apartment and belongings were destroyed by an F5 tornado four months later to the day, they made their home in south Fargo where Mable lived until she moved to Orono, MN, four years ago. A charter member of Nativity Church, Mable sang in the choir, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, enjoyed her “sewing club,” and was an exceptionally dedicated grandmother. She cared for many family members throughout her life raising a niece during WWII and helping aging siblings and parents.

Living independently and driving until age 93, Mable brought quiet determination to her later years as she slowly slipped away into dementia. Her love of fashion, flowers, friends and family will be remembered fondly.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Kamp KACE (kampkace.org). Visitation one hour before the Celebration of New Life, Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 AM, Church of the Nativity. Internment at Holy Cross North Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. Online guestbook: www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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10 responses to “Mable Henning”

  1. Betty Jo L Sorenson says:

    So sorry to hear of Mables death. 100 years! Loved Joe and her as neighbors. Our sympathies. Betty Jo Morgan Sorenson.

  2. Kecia Freed says:

    So sad to hear another icon of the family is gone! I always liked Mable and it’s so interesting to read about all of the things she did in her life. Quite a legacy. Our thoughts to all of you in the family.

  3. Coleen Peters says:

    My last visit with mable was at the Strother Home during one of their infamous family reunions. Mable was an avid knitter and I a beginner. She deteremined that the knit shop had sold me twice as much yarn as the pattern called for and that was why I was so confused. We were all on the floor trying to figure it out. Mable was always so practical and always such a lady. I will miss her dearly.

  4. Nancy and Steve Thomas says:

    We extend our deep sympathy to Patricia, Pat, Sara, and Ryan. Reading from her obituary, we can see she was a remarkable woman. She leaves behind a strong legacy for her family. I know she was a blessing to the many people she helped along the way.

  5. Janie Strother says:

    Such a life well lived and so much for others ! A beautiful tribute for a beautiful wife Mother and grandmother and friend to all . Sympathys , Blessings and Love to all the family. Janie

  6. Kathy Ashe says:

    A time to celebrate 100 years of life. It is sad to have her leave us but I know I feel better knowing she is watching over us all.
    Kathy Lynch Ashe

  7. robert Hill says:

    one of my fondest memories of my big sister is when I was a young boy, she would get up very early and help me with my paper route.

  8. Donna Deutsch says:

    My Caring thoughts are with the family at this time. I am a cousin of Joe’s. I enjoyed many visits with Joe & Mable. Always had a great time and lots of laughs with them. Thinking of you all.
    Donna

  9. Maureen says:

    Mable was a comfort, a blessing to all who knew her, and possessed a unwavering calmness when amongst family and friends.
    As a young girl, Aunt Mable made a host of items for my siblings and me. I still remember the pirate outfit for Halloween, the Christmas stocking (I still hang it above my fireplace every year!), and the hostess apron she sewed for me. I’ll miss her smile and sharing stories with her.

    I love you, Mabel. Thank you for all the love you’ve shared with our family. Rest In Peace. ~ Maureen Hill-Oliver

  10. Dave & Mary Blazek says:

    Also, we spent quite a few Thanksgivings with her family, which were lovely. She will be remembered for her kindness to the handicapped.

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