Mabel Marie McKenzie Fernandez

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February 10, 1922 - September 13, 2020
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in Mexico, MO

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Mabel Marie McKenzie Fernandez passed away on September 13th, 2020 at the age of 98. She was born to Myrtle Mae York McKenzie and Charles McKenzie on Feb. 10th, 1922. She was the only daughter and youngest child of seven children. All of her brothers preceded her in death.

She grew up in the Soulard market area of St. Louis during the Depression. As a child she learned to play the piano and her lifelong love of music, song, and dancer carried her through the difficult times in life. On April 1st, 1938, at the age of sixteen she married Angelo Fernandez.

They had five children: Norma Jean, Joseph, David, Nona, and Ned. Norma Jean and David preceded her in death. She was a loving mother and enjoyed walking her children to Catholic school every day. She created wonderful memories with her grandchildren when they spent summers with her and grandpa at their homes. Memories range from first time eating a TV dinner, to picking grapes and fruits from the orchard, to eating her “pan size” pancakes.

Her favorite sayings were, “When your brain doesn’t work your legs do twice the work,” and, “the Lord’s been good to me.” After 56 years of marriage, her husband Angelo preceded her in death. In the years following Angelo’s death, she attended senior dances and made many new friends.

She was always trying new things like teaching PSR classes to 12 year olds, learning to drive in her late 40s, computer technology, secretary for OATES. She loved dancing and continued till her 97th birthday. In the spring of her 97th year she started saying, “I think old age is catching up with me.” Mabel has lived to have five generations. She has eight grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life of Audrain County.

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Guestbook Entries

  1. michael boyd September 16, 2020 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    candle 7So sad to hear of Mabel’s passing. She was always so cheerful and pleasant to talk to. She was the life of the party. Mike always enjoyed dancing with her. Happy to have celebrated her 97th birthday with her, great memories. Mabel will be surly missed by everyone. Michael and Kathleen

  2. Jerry fischer September 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    candle 8So sorry. To hear mabel was sweet and so nice dad and i send our heart felf prayer for you all

  3. Rebecca Salas September 18, 2020 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    candle 1Nona and family so sorry for the news that your Matriarch has joined her husband to dance together. She was a fabulous person and I really enjoyed spending time w/her at the Wedding. We both loved Sangria !!!
    This has been a difficult year for all.
    And now you are experiencing this great family loss. Be strong and be the love Mabel shared with you in her long life.

  4. Ken October 14, 2020 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    She left out one person she was married to JJ Higgins for severval years. She received by contesting his will whiich e
    She denied that she would not. She left his children with less.Ned assisted her. Thats how she got the house in Mexico he bought for his former wife.

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