By Gary Budzak
Delaware resident Mable Shreffler turned 100 on June 25.
“Mother really has no health problems,” Mable’s son Steve Shreffler told The Gazette following the birthday. “We’re blessed.”
Mable’s daughter Sue Wallace rented the Andrews House for a couple hours on June 21 so the entire family, spread from Pennsylvania to California, could reunite and celebrate the occasion.
Mable (pronounced like “table”) Conway was born near Mechanicsburg, the fourth of six sisters.
“The six Conway girls, since they came through the Depression and World War II, they were tough, determined people,” said Steve Shreffler. Mable is the last surviving sister, but all lived long lives.
According to an email from daughter-in-law Cyndy Shreffler, “Mable lived most of her adult life in Ashland County, where she and her husband, Lloyd Shreffler raised their family. Mable worked as a proof-reader at a publishing company in Ashland.”
Steve Shreffler said that Mable moved to Circleville from 1985 to 2006. “She was driving until she was 90 or older,” he said. “One day she handed me her keys and said ‘I’m done driving.’ She had only been driving to Kroger or to get her hair done.”
Mable, Sue and her son Eric Wallace had been living in Wheelersburg until they relocated to Delaware in summer 2013.
“She’d always say, ‘Steve, one of these days I’m going to move in with your sister,’” Shreffler said. “She was of sound mind enough to know when it was time, and moved away one step at a time from her independence.”
Mable’s great-granddaughters Avrie and Macie Nelms also live in Delaware.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.