|“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her
price is far above rubies. She looketh well to
the ways of her household, and eateth not the
bread of idleness. Her children rise up, and
call her blessed.”
The waters of Trace Fork of Irishman are still flowing and the birds are still singing happily on its banks, but
sadness is upon the land. The family, friends and neighbors of Mabel Amburgey are mourning the loss of the
one they loved so much. Her soft voice and pleasant smile are sadly missed. She has been a part of our world
and our lives for many, many, years, but God called and she answered His call with rejoicing. The saints of
God rejoiced as the angels carried her to rest around His alter and await the resurrection of the dead. Our
world will be a bit more lonely but the hope of meeting again in Heaven can carry us through the days ahead.
Mabel Amburgey was born to Enoch and Polly Mullins Pridemore on September 8, 1915 and passed from
this life on Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Hazard, Kentucky, having lived 85 years, 8 months and 8 days.
Mabel is survived by six sons, Darris and wife, Willa Dean, Hagan and wife Barbara, Danny and wife, Patty,
Sammy and wife, Alberta, Donald and wife, Patricia: one daughter, Polly and husband, Paul Couch; one sister,
Susie Mullins; 17 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and a host of other
relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and 3 grandchildren,
Donna, Anthony and Patrick.
Mabel was an old-fashioned, hard-working and praying mother. She struggled with the needs and demands
of life and worked hard to raise her family. Jesus promised “Lo, I am with you always.” Surely, he helped her
through the storms and troubles of this life by being her guide and shelter in the seasons of storm. She walked
with God. Mabel desired for her children and grandchildren to turn to God and seek the salvation that she
found in His mercy. Mabel was a good mother and grandmother. Her footsteps will walk through the memories
of her family, children and grandchildren, and much can be learned by following in her path.
Mabel was a member of the Little Dove Regular Baptist Church for many years. She was faithful in her
support and attendance as long as she was able. She enjoyed a good old-time meeting full of singing,
preaching, shouting and praising the Lord. The feelings of her brothers and sisters can best be expressed in
the lines of an old-time song:
|“Dearest sister, thou has left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
Yet again we hope to meet you,
When the day of life is fled.”
The roots of this family are tied to the hills, valleys and waters of Trace Fork of Irishman. Many fond
memories of childhood will remain alive in their minds as life goes on, but the “flower” of thei lives has been
transpllanted by God into His garden. Let us “Be not afraid” of the days ahead, but prepare for the time when
the family circle will meet again around the throne of God. Jesus has promised to each of us “Lo, I will be with
you always”. Let us seek Him while He may be found.
Elder Don Pratt