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Mabel Shields

Mabel Lucille (Florea) Shields, daughter of Nancy Marie (Smith) Florea and Barton Allen Florea was born May 8, 1922 on the Florea family farm south of Blockton, IA.
At a young age, Mabel gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized in the Platte River at Blockton. She graduated from Blockton High School in 1939 at age 17 and attended college at Maryville, Mo where she received her teaching certificate. She began teaching in the Ringgold County country schools for four years, then later received her full teaching degree from Graceland College. While teaching at the Caledonia country school, Mabel met her husband, Charles Junior Shields. They were married May 29, 1942 in Atchison, KS. They established their home at Junior's family farm where they lived their entire lives until last September when Mabel moved to an apartment in town. To this union was born two sons, Charles Barton and Joe Allen Shields.
Mabel taught for nearly 30 years at Delphos, Redding and Mt. Ayr before retiring in 1985. When she wasn't teaching, she was a homemaker and farm hand to Junior. She also kept very busy entertaining family at their home with big dinners, and she loved gardening and canning. Her greatest joy in life was her family and church. She was a member of the Kellerton Assembly of God church and adored her church family. She spent countless hours reading and journaling about her family and daily activities. She was the family's "prayer warrior" throughout her lifetime.
Mabel passed away on June 3, 2013 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years; daughter-in-law Barbara Shields; great granddaughter Charlcey Bowen; her parents; brothers Virgil and William Florea; sister Garland Bachman; 1 sister-in-law and 2 brother-in-laws.
She is survived by her sons Barton Shields of Mt Ayr, IA and Joe Shields (Margaret)of Ft. Dodge, IA; grandchildren Christina Still (Brad) of Kellerton, IA, Lanette Shields (fiancé Vince Schaller) of Mt Ayr, Josh Shields of Mt Ayr, Elizabeth Crimmins (Jim) of Jewell, IA and John Shields (Julia) of Ames, IA; great grandchilden Allie, Kelcie, MacKenzie and Kaylie Shields, Trevor Gooding and Macey Bowen; 1 sister Ann Dennis (Thomas) of Nixa, MO; sister-in-law Pauline Shields of Corvallis, OR; and many other family and friends.

  • Open Visitation

    June 05, 2013
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    June 05, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    June 06, 2013
    10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Thursday June 06 2013

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


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I fondly remember visits to the farmhouse through the years where we were greeted warmly by Aunt Mabel and Uncle Junior. There were always lots of laughter, great stories shared, and of course wonderful meals. My favorite memory is one of the many times we visited during the 4th of July and I inadvertently set one of the dishtowels hanging on the clothesline on fire with my sparkler. I felt terrible. But Aunt Mable reassured me by saying "oh, that old thing... why shoot a goose, it was stained, ragged around the edges, and an old thing anyway" . I felt better instantly. Aunt Mabel had the ability to make the best out of every situation! I will always treasure my time spent with her and her family and I am grateful that my Dad, (Virgil) maintained a close relationship with his sister through the years and brought us along! With my love and sympathy to all the family. Connie

Posted by Connie Vance - Centennial, CO - Niece   June 09, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember Mrs. Shields teaching us in 7th grade reading. She was an awesome teacher. If you had a problem or didn''t understand something she would explain it until you did. She was a very compassionate and caring lady. Rest in peace Mrs. Shields. My deepest sympathies to the family on the passing of one great lady!

Posted by Lori (Bishop) Tull-class of 1982 Mt Ayr - Creston, IA   June 05, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM