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Mabel Ann (Busenbarrick) Pavey died March 23, 2017, peacefully at Parkwood Convalescent Home in Lebanon, Indiana. Her devoted son, Richard, was at her side in her final moments, along with other loving relatives and friends.
Part of the fifth generation of Indiana pioneers, Mabel lived her entire life in rural Zionsville. She was the daughter born Feb. 3, 1934, to Leo Busenbarrick Sr. and Genevieve (Osborn). Mabel married her high school sweetheart, John Lawson Pavey, in the fall of 1953 while he was on leave from the Navy in San Diego, California. He preceded her in death in April 2003.
At an early age, music, church and flowers became an integral part of Mabel's life. She became proficient at both piano and organ, and eventually provided music for services and ceremonies at Salem United Methodist Church and Zionsville Christian Church. Her prolific flower garden was her refuge for long, quiet, contemplative and therapeutic hours after the death of son Brian in 1985.
A devoted mother to her two sons, Richard and Brian, Mabel also worked full time for the former Dr. James Asher, of New Augusta, Indiana, as a physicians assistant. She was also a floral arranger for various local businesses. Mabel always had a smile for everyone and never knew a stranger.
Robert Busenbarrick of Hollywood, Florida, is the only living brother. Leo Jr. passed in 2007 at the age of 78, and George died in 1983 at the age of 52.
Mabel's exuberance for life and her explosive energy will be greatly missed by her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, as well as her son and grandsons.
A private graveside memorial service was held at Salem Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association of Indiana.
Arrangements were entrusted to Jerrit Clayton of Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Care.
Published on March 30, 2017
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