Born May 3, 1929, a daughter of the late Ernest and Mabel Robertson Thomas of Kennett, she was a 1947 graduate of Kennett High School and a homemaker. She had worked for a department store and telephone company, and was active in church.
On Feb. 11, 1952, she married Gene Gabriel, who survives.
She is also survived by one daughter, Lee Ann Lemal, and her husband, David, of Norwich Vt.; and one sister, Linda Robinett of Memphis, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by one child in 1957.
Her wishes were that her ashes be scattered in the woods around her daughter's home in Vermont. A memorial service will be held in Ottumwa with the time and date to be determined.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Ottumwa or Hospice.