Mabel M. Cardey Gerhard © Alva Review-Courier 09-17/19-2001 © Enid News and Eagle 12-2001 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 at Davis Park Christian Church with Rev. Alan Seibel and Shorty Unruh officiating. Interment will follow in the Alva Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, Enid.
She is survived by her husband, William of the home; a daughter, Karen Cardey-Harris of Pittsburg, Ill.; four step-daughters, Betty Howerton, Donna Heffron, Janice Rork and Gloria Gerhard, all of ENid; three step-sons, Robert Gerhard of Pond Creek, William and Dennis Gerhard, both of Enid; two sisters, Bernice Bergen of Borger, Texas, and Sybil Marsh of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Eldon Walker of Clearwater, Kan., and Verden Walker of Los Angeles, Calif.; numerous step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Funeral services for Mabel M. (Babe) Cardey Gerhard, 79, of Enid will be 10 AM Tuesday at Davis Park Christian church with Reverend Allen Seibel and Shorty Unruh officiating. Graveside services will be 2 PM Tuesday in the Alva Cemetery under the direction of Ladusau – Evans Funeral Home.
She was born December 8, 1922, in the Farry community, Woods County, Oklahoma, the daughter of Howard G. and Stella E. James Walker. She moved to Alva at the age of four and attended Longfellow elementary school, Alva junior high school and Alva high school through her junior year and graduated from Hardtner high school in Hardtner, Kansas in 1942. During WW I I she worked in the personnel department for Douglas Aircraft. She then attended Southwestern State College where she joined the Cadet Nursing Corps until her fiancé, Lester F. Cardey returned from active duty with the U. S. Air Force as a bombardier, completing 50 missions while stationed in Italy.
She married Lester F. Cardey April 30, 1945. The couple lived in Alva, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and moved back to Alva in 1946. Babe worked for the Research Foundation for four years while Lester attended the College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1957. They moved to Okeene for a year while Lester practiced and then to Canton where he built his clinic and she worked for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as an administrative clerk until 1988 when she retired.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986, moved to Enid in 1988 and married William Alvin Gerhard on December 30, 1992. The couple moved to Golden Oaks Village in 1998.
She is survived by her husband of the home; a daughter Karen Cardey – Harris of Pittsburgh, Illinois, four step – daughters Betty Howerton, Donna Heffron, Janice Rork and Gloria Gerhard all of Enid, three step – sons Robert Gerhard of Pond Creek, William and Dennis Gerhard both of Enid; two sisters, Bernice Bergen of Borger, Texas, and Civil Marsh of Wichita, Kansas; two brothers, Eldon Walker of Clearwater, Kansas and Verden Walker of Los Angeles, California. Numerous step – grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
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