t02 Mabel

Mabel Marion HOWES was born 1910. She never married. She became a teacher. One posting was to Mokara in the Hawkes Bay, a school now closed, inland from Lake Tutira. Her sister Edith went with her as a pupil. After Ray & Esther Marriott went to Samoa, Mabel decided to go and teach there too. Mabel was a very popular teacher at Leififi School in Apia for about 40 years. Everyone in Apia knows “Miss Howes”. She was a Guide leader at her church.

She went on a world trip in the late 1960s. Mabel returned to New Zealand in February 1982 breathless and frail. She died at Timaru Hospital in September that year. A service was held in both Samoa and Timaru.

Despite best attempts, there are no records of what happened to her ashes. Did Ray & Esther scatter them in Samoa when they went back there to sort her affairs out? It is not normal to scatter ashes in Samoa and Ray & Esther would know that well. They stayed with daughter Jenny in Auckland on their way to Samoa and she never saw nor heard any mention of Mabel’s ashes. There is confirmation of the date and time they were collected from the Funeral Director in Timaru and Lena collected them and took them to the farm. Were they scattered on the farm? There is a plaque at Burkes Pass but her ashes are not buried there.