PELKEY: Mabel E., 90, a resident of the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndonville, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, with her family at her side.
She was born in Alstead, N.H., the daughter of Charles and Alice (Wood) Lufkin.
The family moved to Bellows Falls, Vt., where she graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1930, and attended beautician school in Boston. She moved to St. Johnsbury and worked for Prevost Beauty Shop before opening her own shop.
Mabel worked at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She went on to help establish a library at the St. Johnsbury Middle School. When she retired in the early 1970s, she and her husband moved to Tavares, Fla., where they enjoyed year-round golf, travel, and making new friends. When her husband passed away she moved back to St. Johnsbury to be close to her family.
She is survived by her son, Robert L. Pelkey of St. Johnsbury; a grandson, Michael J. Pelkey of St. Johnsbury; step-grandchildren Tiffany and Chad Lumbra of Danville, and Brian Carpenter of Greensboro; a great-grandson, Chad Pelkey, Chad & #039;s sister Jennifer and his mother Rita Pelkey of Waterford; and daughters-in-law Elaine G. Pelkey of Greensboro, and Elaine Y. Pelkey of Lyndonville, with whom she lived for the past seven years; and a lifetime of friends.
She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Leon Pelkey, in 1991; her son, David E. Pelkey, in 1999; and her grandson Robert L. Pelkey (Rita & #039;s husband) in 1997.
There will be no services.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center Recreation Fund, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851.