Mabel M. Dreher, age 85, of Baker City, Oregon passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Settler’s Park Assisted Living surrounded by her children. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 2, 2019 at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Ian Wolfe of the First Lutheran Church will be officiating the service.
Mabel was born in Marsing, Idaho on April 9, 1934 to Katie (Sweep) Saul and William Saul. She was one of eight children.
Mabel’s family moved a lot during her childhood living in Idaho and Eastern Oregon for the most part. Her family eventually settled in Baker City, Oregon where Mabel and her siblings attended school. She graduated from Baker Senior High School in 1952, and married Leroy Phillips. Mabel and Leroy welcomed three children, Michael, Judith and David Phillips, prior to their divorce in 1969.
Mabel moved to Singleton, Texas and married Dalbert Dreher in 1971. She worked briefly for Sam Houston State University and Texas A&M, prior to joining her husband in the running of their farm equipment sales and repair business until Dalbert’s retirement. After the closure of their business, Mabel worked until her retirement, for the State of Texas in a senior employment program.
Mabel’s husband passed away in 2005, and she returned to Baker City to be closer to her children and grandchildren in 2009.
In 2013, she fell and broke a hip and subsequently moved into Settler’s Park, where she enjoyed becoming reacquainted with some friends from her youth. She loved to embroider and many of her friends and family were recipients of her pillowcases and tea towels that she kept busy producing in between games and field trips with her fellow residents of Settler’s Park.
Survivors include her three children, Michael (Toni) Phillips, Judith (Don) Chastain, and David (Carol) Phillips; and five grandchildren: Brian Phillips, Wayne Chastain, Toni Zikmund, Katie Reid and Billy Phillips. She is also survived by twelve great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, five of her siblings, a grandson (Ryan Chastain) and granddaughter (Kyla Phillips).
Memorial contributions in memory of Mabel can be made to Community Connections of Baker County through Gray’s West & Company at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.
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