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Mabel Irene (Doodle) Tarpein, age 86, of Edina, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the Knox County Nursing Home in Edina, Missouri.

She was born January 20, 1925, in Knox City, Missouri, the daughter of Claude Clayton and Eliza Ellen Baxter Miner.

On October 14, 1946, at Edina, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Benjamin Henry Tarpein and he preceded her in death on February 23, 1996. Mabel was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant son James Clayton Binkley, two granddaughters Melodie Dawn Tarpein and Amber Elizabeth Tarpein, three brothers, Stanley and Robert Miner and one in infancy, Claude Clayton and three sisters, Doris Parrish, Katie Edwards and Rose Davis.

Surviving are nine children, Wanda Williams and husband Kenny of Monticello, Missouri, Jeannie Houghton and husband Charlie of Edina, Missouri, Dan Tarpein and wife Peggy of Agency, Missouri, John Tarpein and wife Terese of Baring, Missouri, Judy Roberts and husband Jim of Grayslake, Illinois, Lynn Jones and husband Kevin of Palmyra, Missouri, David Tarpein and wife Kristy of Wyaconda, Missouri, Eric Tarpein and wife Shannon of Knox City, Missouri, Brian Tarpein of Kirksville, Missouri, twenty-eight grandchildren, forty-one great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Mabel was a housewife and homemaker; she received her education at Knox City, Missouri where she graduated from High School. Mabel worked for the University of Missouri Extension Center in Edina for many years until her retirement at age 76. She was an avid NASCAR Fan, 4-H supporter, enjoyed sewing, cooking, playing cards, gardening and in her earlier years enjoyed playing baseball and had played third base on a team that went to state. Mabel was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Edina.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2011, at Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. Pastor Sam Smith officiated the services. Burial was in Park view Memorial Gardens in Kirksville. Casket bearers were her grandsons, John Williams, Rob Lumley, Ryan Houghton, Matt Wenzel, Chris Roberts, Jason Roberts, Brandon Tarpein, Andrew Hunolt and Seth Williams.

Memorials may be made to the Knox County Nursing Home or Hospice of Northeast Missouri. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.