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Mabel Beatrice (Pettis) Sangster

April 29, 1923 ~ August 3, 2020 (age 97)




Mabel Beatrice Sangster, 97 was called home to heaven and passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on Monday August 3rd 2020 with her loving family by her side.  A private burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery. 

Mabel was born April 29, 1923 in East Moline, Il, the daughter of Baxter Sr. and Laura May (Allen) Pettis.  She married William Bell February 1, 1941, in Davenport IA.  After his passing she married William Sangster August 26, 1976. 

She served as secretary and church clerk for Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church for 76 years and retired in September 2017.  She was a lifelong active member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of the Mass Choir, Usher Board, Vacation Bible School Teacher, and active in various church functions and activities. Mabel was a faithful, dedicated, loyal and steadfast servant of the Lord.

She enjoyed bowling and was secretary for various bowling leagues in the Quad Cities. Mabel loved hosting and celebrating holidays with her family. Her favorite holidays were the 4th of July and Thanksgiving. She was a woman who loved spending time with her grandchildren.  Mabel was loving, giving and kind.  Mabel touched many with her loving spirit.  “Hey Love” as she would say.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, William Bell & William Sangster, her sisters, Mary Frances Williams and Marjorie Eddings and her brother Baxter Lee Pettis Jr.

She was the matriarch of 6 generations that consisted of two children Phyllis (Osborne Sr.) Branch, East Moline, Gary (Gladys) Bell, Davenport, her brother, Melvin Pettis, Florida, special nephews, Ronnie (Delores) Pettis, Clinton and Jerry (Roberta) Pettis, Michigan and host of nieces, nephews and many friends.  Mabel was blessed with 10 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 39 great, great grandchildren, and 1 great, great, great grandchild.

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