Mabel Virginia Fansler Fravel

Mabel Virginia Fansler Fravel 90, of Rasye, Virginia, died on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Center in Winchester, Virginia.

She was born December 7, 1921 in her family home in Basye,Virginia, the oldest daughter of the late B. Ashby Fansler and Edna Blanche Estep Fansler.

Mrs. Fravel was a graduate of Triplett High School In Mount Jackson, Virginia. Before marrying she worked at Shaver’s Restaurant in Woodstock, Va from 1940 until 1942 and then at Wender’s Department Store in Woodstock, Va from 1942 until 1944. On November 26, 1942 she married Charles M. Fravel, who preceded her in death. In 1951 they moved to Arlington, Virginia where they lived until retiring to her family home in Basye in 1983. While in Arlington, Mrs. Fravel worked for Hurt’s Cleaners as a seamstress out of her home from 1955 until retiring in 1983, and after retiring she continued sewing for NuLook Cleaners in Woodstock, Va.

Mrs. Fravel was also preceded in death by her brothers Nelson E. Fansler, John C. Fanster and sister Vivian F. Moomaw two brothe in-laws Leo V. Moomaw and Thomas H. F ravel, Jr. and a sister-in-law Mildred F. Fansler.

Mrs. Fravel was a lifelong member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Orkney Springs, Virgina. Along with her parents, brothers and their wives and sister and her husband, Mrs. Fravel was instrumental in the building her beloved Church. She was also a member of the Orkney Springs/Basye Fire Rescue Auxiliary.

Mrs. Fravel is survived by a daughter Deborah C. Helsley and husband Randy of Basye, two sons Charles A. Fravel of Basye and R. Thomas Fravel and wife Trudy A. of Arlington. Three grandchildren Brittany C. Palmer of Charlottesville, Va, Ethan T. Palmer of Basye, and Thomas H. Fravel of Arlington. Three step grandchildren Donald R. Blackwell of Arlington, Va, Rhanda C. Helsley of Harrisonburg, Va and Rachel J. Helsley of Basye, Va and two step great grandchildren Scott A. Blackwell of Arlington and Maddox D. Heasley of Basye. Two sisters-in-law Catherine F. Fansler of Basye, Va and Margaret F. Fravel of Richmond, Va and many nieces and nephews

Pallbearers are nephews Ronald L Moomaw, Jack 0. Fansler, Allen D. Moomaw, Clarence W. Fansler, Gary D. Coffman and Justin T.Stieler. Honorary pallbearers are special friends Shirley Mumaw, members of the Orkney Springs/Basye Fire d Rescue Auxiliary, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lonas, Marc A. Olmsted, and Mrs. Fravel’s aid from Hospice, Wanda Stephens.

Her family will receive family and friends at Prince of Peace on Sunday from  5 to 7 PM. A funeral service will be held at Prince of Peace on Monday at 11:00 AM by the Reverend David C. Drebes. Interment will be at the Church Cemetery immediately following the service. A luncheon will follow in the Church social hall given by the women of the church.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Prince of Peace Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 626, Basye, Va 22810; Orkney Springs/Basye Fire and Rescue P.O. Box 14, Orkney Springs, Va 22845 or Blue Ridge Hospice of Winchester 333 West Cork Street #405, Winchester, Va 22602.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Dellinger Funeral Home, Mt. Jackson, Va.

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  2. susan fansler zirkle and family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  3. Joy carlson Reid says:

    God has called another Saint home. As we celebrate her life here on earth, I am sure there is a lot of celebrating going on in Heaven today. Mabel has gone home to God, her beloved Charles and all of her family and friends that have gone before her. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend to all that knew her and will be missed . She raised a beautiful family and was of help to any one she could. She treated my daughter Trudy as if she were her own, and Trudy loved her the same. She will be remember for the way she lived her life; her love for the Lord and Prince of Peace. To be able to return home with a Heavenly celebration must be something to behold. Although she is not present with her family she will always be alive in their hearts and in the hearts of everyone that knew and loved her. A true Saint and may she rest in peace forever.

  4. Fred & Nancy Funkhouser says:

    Was Sorry and Surprised to hear of Mabel passing. We were out of town till yesterday and knew nothing about it untill we came home and gathered are past and current Newspapers. Mabel and my Aunt Gazel Moomaw were Cousin’s and very close Friends. This is why we were unable to be with Family Visitation. I know she will be missed by Family and Friends.