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In Remembrance – Mabel Owedda Leckie Strunk

This week our family lost Mabel O. Leckie Strunk.  Mabel was born on September 25, 1937 to Isaac Leckie and Delia Price in Harlan County, Kentucky.  She passed away on January 24, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

From L to R: Betty Jane Leckie, Delia Cansadia Price Leckie, Issac Hamiltion Leckie, Mabel Oweena Leckie

I wasn’t privileged enough to have met Mabel (my first cousin, 2x removed), but I have heard many wonderful stories about her from my grandmother.  My favorite is when my grandmother talks about their first tube of lipstick.  The girls were not allowed to wear lipstick, but they were able to buy one tube without their parents finding out.  My grandmother says that they would take turns carrying the lipstick and wearing it.  The girls loved to feel fancy and to pretend they were movie stars.


Mabel is the loving mother of Betty (Bill) Miller, Norma (Dale) Boggs, Michael (Mary) Strunk, Joyce (Thomas) Ferris, and the late Patricia Strunk.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren and many other family and friends.


Mabel was the light in her children and grandchildren’s lives.  She will be greatly missed.  Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.  Rest in peace, sweet Mable.

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