Mabel D. Longhorn

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Mabel Longhorn, age 90, of New Hampton, Iowa, entered her eternal rest on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. Mabel Doris Wait was born on August 21, 1921, the middle child of Leon and Olive (Bartlett) Wait on the family farm in Plainfield, Iowa. She lived in Bremer County until 1927, when the family moved to her grandfather’s farm near Nashua, Iowa. She attended Pearl Rock School until going to Nashua High School graduating with the class of 1938. After graduating she helped her parents on the farm until her marriage to James B. Longhorn on June 13, 1941 at her parent’s farm. Early in their marriage they moved to New Hampton, IA were they owned and operated Longhorn Radio and Electric. In 1952 they purchased a farm north of New Hampton; the two worked side by side in the farming operation. On March 10, 1946, Mabel and Jim were baptized and began their membership in the First United Methodist Church in New Hampton. Mabel was a 4H leader for 10 years. Her memberships included Chickasaw County Home Economics for 9 years, Jacksonville Happy Homemaker Club over 30 years, United Methodist women group for years, the Heritage Club and a former member of I.O.O.F. She served her church for many years as a Sunday school teacher, numerous church committees and was part of the founding committee of “The Little House of Bargains” (sponsored by the Methodist church) in New Hampton where she served countless volunteer hours. She and Jim were part of the neighborhood card club with many nights of card playing and years of lasting friendships formed. In November of 1977 she was honored to receive the Iowa Master Farm Homemaker award. Mabel and Jim believed in family. They raised their family in the Methodist church. Along with their own children; they instilled their teachings in many youth with their years of 4H leadership. The two were loyal supporters of the projects, dreams and goals of their children, always believing in them and there to lend a hand or a helpful word. Farming was the way of life, hard work and many long hours, provided the foundation for their legacy. Mabel resided on the family farm until September of 2011, when shortly after her 90th birthday she entered New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. She had a multitude of joys in her life: 63 years of marriage, the annual “Grandma Wait” picnic, the energy of the great grandkids always brought a smile to her face, she enjoyed telling of the successes of the grandchildren, and pleased that her and Jim’s five children brought the family values to their homes. One of those joys was that of the cardinal. She always had the bird feeders full and so loved the visits from her favorite “red” bird. Survivors include her children: Gary (Sharon) Longhorn of Waterloo, IA, Glen (Karen) Longhorn of Hawarden, IA, Roger (Flo) Longhorn of Breden-am-zee, Belgium, Janis Longhorn of Kansas City, Missouri and Roy Longhorn of Waterloo, IA. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, her sister, Barbara Bigelow of Nashua, Iowa, 3 nephews and five nieces. She will be remembered by a host of friends, including her lifelong friend, Wilma Lamka, who she got to spend her final months with. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James “Bud” Longhorn on October 6, 2004, her only brother Clark Wait and his wife Mildred, and a brother-in-law, Raymond Bigelow. Cemetery: Burial will be at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. Memorials may be directed to the family. at Conway-Markham Funeral Home with a 7:00pm prayer service. Family will arrive at 4:00pm. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday. at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with Jeff Nohava officiating.

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Please let us know what we can do to provide comfort to you and your family. You are in our hearts, thoughts, prayers.

  2. To the family of Mabel Longhorn– I extend my sympathy at this time of loss. I am thankful for the influence of your mother in my life. She was 4-H leader most of the time that I was in 4-H. She was always cheerful, supportive and helpful to the girls in the club. I enjoyed seeing her in the community and occasionally at the hospital or nursing home during her later years. I am sure it is sad for you to lose her now. May you find comfort in the good life she lived to the fullest and in the knowledge of her faith and hope in the life to come. Sincerely, Mary Sharon Peraud

  3. Gary and family:

    Prayers and love as you honor, celebrate, and lift to God your mother’s life. May Mabel know the fullest joy and elation of eternal life; and may you know the peace of God’s claim on her, you and life itself.


    L. Brent

  4. Mable Longhorn was a wonderful person and a wonderful friend of May Rogers, who died in December. She will be remembered for her smile and her generous heart. Rest in peace, Mable.

  5. Our sympathy to the Longhorn family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with the loss of Mabel.

    We are visiting in Colorado at this time.


    Louise and Donn

  6. So sorry to learn of Grary’s Mom’s passing. Rest assured that she is in Heaven with Jesus right now, having the joy of being there!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and know you will find comfort in family and friends and remembrances of all the good times.

    God’s Blessings,

    Bill and Barb Hadley, Ponca city, Ok

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today in the passing of our Great Aunt Mabel. We were so glad to be able to celebrate her 90th birthday with her. She was always a joy to be around and remembered us each Xmas with a card. She always had a smile and a story to tell! God be with you!

  8. Gary and Sharon and Family, We are now in Kansas City, Mo since Oct 2010. We send our thoughts of support at this time. I read her story and what a life she had and all the menories you and you children have to remember for many years to come. She will be sadly missed from your lives but always in you heart. If you come to see your sister stop in and see us too or give us a call. We are just 2miles off 235 before you get to Liberty. 816 439 6019. Harold and Claudia

  9. You have our sympathy for the loss of your mother. I have great memories of 4-H and Mabel guiding through our baking, sewing, and woodworking projects so we would be ready to be judged at the fair and hopefully make it to state competition. Cherish all your memories with her during her life.

  10. Janis:
    I am sorry for your loss of your mother. She was a good, caring person and an outstanding 4-H leader. She had an encouraging word for anyone in 4-H. May she find her eternal peace and may it be a comfort to you that her example will live on for many to follow.

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