Mabel Victoria Sampson Zaffke, 89, passed away on March 6, 2011 at the age of 89 in Chewelah.
Mabel was born Dec 17, 1922 in Kent to Charles Linn and Carolina Sampson. The parents had five children all now de¬ceased. She grew up in Richmond, California and graduated from Richmond Union High School in 1940.
During WWII, she worked as a stockroom supervisor. After the war, Mabel moved to San Francisco where she met Daniel Zaffke. She and Daniel were married on June 3, 1948. They moved to Daniel’s farm in Colorado, and Kathrin was born to them in 1949.
Daniel sold the farm, and they returned to San Francisco, where Mabel lived for 30 years.
She moved to Priest River in 1979. It became home to her. She joined the Congregational Community Church; helped out at the Baptist Church, when needed, and enjoyed the friendship and fellowship of many Christians and others who lived in Priest River.