Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 15, 2013

Mabel Annabel Cannon 1917-2013

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, OHIO — Mabel A. Cannon, 95, passed away Jan. 11, 2013, in Carriage Court Assisted Living in Washington Court House, Ohio.  

She was born Sept. 11, 1917, to Rodney W. and Anna Grace Smith Reno in Ladd, Ohio. She married John Urban Cannon on Feb. 25, 1938, in Milledgeville, Ohio, and the couple raised a family and farmed in Jefferson Township.

Mrs. Cannon was valedictorian of her class at Reesville High School. The first member of her family to attend college, she earned her teaching certificate from Wilmington College in Ohio and taught elementary school in Adams and Fayette counties. She was a member of Midway Presbyterian Church in Sedalia, Ohio, Grace United Methodist Church, the Washington Court House DAR Chapter, the Grand Army of the Republic, Marshall Grange, the Fayette County Extension Service Homemakers Club and Farm Bureau Women. She was a lifetime member of the Fayette County Farm Bureau and served as a 4-H adviser for many years.   

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1992; two sisters, Lucille Benton and Florence Reno; and a brother, Glenn Reno.

She is survived by four children, Nancy Joyce (Joseph) Fodi of Naples, Fla., Patricia (Frank) Willingham of Maryland, Jonna (Duane) Smith of Bowling Green, Ky., and John C. (Lynda) Cannon of Ashland, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mabel enjoyed creating recipes and entering cooking/baking contests with her daughters, traveling abroad and collecting and selling antiques and dolls. She exhibited at the Washington Court House and Springfield flea markets for many years.

Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Morrow Funeral Home in Jeffersonville, Ohio. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, with Mel Wickensimer officiating.  

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has been observed.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Heartland Hospice.

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