Mabel was born Dorothy Elizabeth Hollowell Dec. 5, 1919. Her parents were Jess and Nora (Crump) Hollowell of Roundup, Mont. Upon the death of her father, she was adopted by William and Edith Mae (Cave) Coddington, from Schaller, Ia. Her name was then changed to Mabel Dorothy Coddington. She was accepted, raised and loved as a member of the family. Her adopted mother passed away when Mabel was 12 years-old. She then made her home from family to family. She graduated from Spencer High School in 1937. In December 1937, she married Wesley Brinkley of Spencer. To this union three children were born: Marilyn, Weldon and Sandra.
She was baptized April 2, 1944, and was confirmed into the Lutheran faith on March 30, 1947, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Ia. She was active in Clarinda St. John Lutheran Church with the Sewing Guild and putting together the "Reporter".
She worked at Spencer Municipal Hospital for 16 years, retiring in 1990. Since 1992 she has made her home in Clarinda, Ia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. Her husband passed away in 1967.
Surviving are: two daughters and a son: Marilyn Wilbur and husband, Norman Wilbur of Clarinda, Ia.; Pastor Weldon Brinkley and wife, Barbara Brinkley of Cleveland, Miss., and Sandra Dunigan and husband, William Dunigan of San Diego, Calif. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Mabel will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at the Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Ia.
Following the graveside service there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer. Memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church Library and Sewing Guild. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda is providing arrangements. www.EFC.cc, 712-542-4200.