Obituary-Mable Habluetzel

Mable Arlene Habluetzel, 88, of Clay Center, Kansas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at The Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, KS. She was born on April 16, 1935, the daughter of Lester and Esther Humbargar in Saline County, KS.

She moved to Clay Center in 1939 and attended Clay Center schools, graduating from Clay Center Community High School with honors in 1953. Glee Club, mixed chorus, Promoter staff, and Drama staff were among her many activities in high school.

Arlene met her husband, Arlan Habluetzel, at the Local skating rink. They were married on June 21, 1953, and celebrated their 70th Anniversary in 2023.

Arlene was active in her church, The First Baptist Church in Clay Center. Arlene accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was 12. She continued living out her faith as she raised a family and volunteered at the church and within the community. Arlene taught Sunday School, Bible School, sang in the church choir, and was always willing to offer an open heart and a helping hand. The Lighthouse for Christ was one of her favorite places to volunteer.

Arlene continued to live out her faith as she raised four children: Clair (68), Tracy (66), Kellie (64), and Jill (62). She exhibited the Fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) daily. One of her greatest virtues was patience, even while playing dominoes. Dominoes was among many of her favorite games, which she usually won. Tasty Pastry Nut Rolls were her favorite indulgence, which she enjoyed to her last days. Her Chocolate Peanut Clusters were her signature recipe and gift to everyone fortunate to receive them at Christmas.

Arlene had many hobbies, which included reading, painting (Art is Ageless Award winner), cooking, genealogy, and traveling. Arlene was also a meticulous and creative seamstress, crafting her daughter’s wedding dress, prom gowns, and special events attire.

Arlene is loved and cherished beyond words. She is survived by her husband, Arlan Habluetzel, and her four children, four in-law children, nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and many other extended family members.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 09, 2024, at The First Baptist Church, 902 5th St., Clay Center, Kansas. Respect calls will begin at 9:00 am, and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 am. A Luncheon will follow.

Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 5th St., Clay Center, Kansas, 67432, in lieu of flowers and gifts.

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