Mabel Nixon Stark, 99, a long-time Sunnyside resident, was reunited with her Heavenly Father and five sisters on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

She was born March 17, 1912 in Mapleton, Iowa to Andrew and Stella (Jordan) Hanson.

Mabel graduated from Palouse High School in Palouse. Mabel later moved to Sunnyside.

She met and later married Arthur Nixon in 1938 in Colfax and together they made their home in Sunnyside, until his passing in 1990.

In 1994 she married Jay Stark in Moscow, Idaho and they together made their home in Sunnyside, until his passing in 1999.

Mabel enjoyed art, spending time with her sisters and traveling.

She was a former member of the First Christian Church and a current member of the Sunnyside Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Mabel is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur Nixon and Jay Stark; her five sisters, Ruby Crooks, Nora Hacker, Marie Hayes, Mae Gulick and Katie C. Smith.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday Feb. 6, 2012, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday Feb. 7, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Those wishing to sign Mabel's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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