MATHEWS, Mabel Mary

It is with deep sadness and sorrow we share the news that our mom, Mabel Mary Mathews (Leelamma) passed away on January 9, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Mabel will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 46 years David (Joycechan) and their children Shari (Michael), Sandra (Paul), and Joyce (Derek).  Mabel was a devoted and beloved Amma, her legacy will live on with her beloved grandchildren Aaron, Vaughn, Alexia, Keirthana, Jovan, Darius, and Evander. Mabel was predeceased by her youngest child, Justin, and her parents (Ann and Andrew).  Mabel is survived by her siblings, Omana and Prince, who reside in Paravur, India.

Mabel was born in Kochi, India and was the eldest of three children. She attended Sree Sankara College in Kalady. Mabel completed her medical degree at Trivandrum Medical College, where she graduated at the top of her class. In July 1974, David and Mabel were married in Vettiyar, India. Mabel continued to practice in India as a General Practitioner before she immigrated to Canada in October 1975 to join David.

The couple resided in Manning, Alberta for almost two decades and raised their four children surrounded by a tight-knit Christian community and made many lifelong friends.  Mabel embraced motherhood in Canada, she taught Sunday School, was actively involved with each child’s academia, and was a dedicated member of the Parent-Teacher Association. Mabel was fearless as she learned how to downhill ski. Her homemaking talents included sewing clothing for the children, quilting, and crocheting. With the guidance of her friends, Mabel learned how to preserve foods that she grew from her garden, bake bread, and became an expert at making her own delicious versions of Canadian cuisine.

In August 1994, the family moved to Hay River, Northwest Territories, as David took on a new job as the CEO of the local hospital. The family had many great adventures; spending time fishing together on their boat and skidooing in the winter.  Mabel’s love of flowers and gardening continued in Hay River, and with her green thumbs she could grow anything.

Moving to Edmonton in 1998, David & Mabel embarked on a new adventure as entrepreneurs and successfully ran two dollar stores for over a decade. Upon retirement, Mabel enjoyed being surrounded by her grandchildren and spent hours baking, cooking, crafting, and playing games with them.  All the grandchildren loved sleepovers at Amma and Appa’s house. In her spare time Mabel was an avid hockey fan, loved watching Family Feud, American Idol and Mr. Bean, and enjoyed playing cards with friends and family.

Even with four young children, Mabel and David often took trips back to India to visit their family. The couple travelled to India numerous times with their children, Disneyland and various parts of the States. When their children were grown, Mabel and David had the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land, Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Hawaii.

Mabel will always be remembered for her beautiful spirit, generosity, kindness, independence, loving nature, magnetic smile, and love of Christ. She was a devoted wife, mother, sibling, and grandmother (Amma). Mabel will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts until we are reunited again in heaven.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the funeral will be limited to immediate family only. Friends and family who wish to join by virtual attendance may view the livestream on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm by visiting


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Alison Gabriele

Dear David, Shari, Sandra and Joyce,
I am so, so sorry to hear of your wife and mom’s passing. I am Benita’s friend who was at Vipin’s wedding in Dubai. It was such a pleasure to meet you and Mabel there and I have been thinking of you all lots. I wish you my very deepest condolences.
Alison Gabriele

Asha Venu

Heartfelt Condolences to the family on their loss. I am a classmate of Mabel’s from College in Trivandrum, now living in Australia. I tried to find her whereabouts online but came across her funeral notice., which was so upsetting to me. She was a wonderful friend and we lost touch when I left the UK. May her beautiful soul Rest in Peace.

Koriyan Johny

Our heartfelt condolences to David and family . May her soul rest in peace

Tara, Dennis, Danielle and Sierra Kuchar

From our family to yours we’re very sorry for your loss. Every time we ever saw Mabel she was smiling. She was a wonderful lady! I’m very glad we were able to meet her. Lots of love and prayers from us to you all.
Tara, Dennis, Danielle and Sierra Kuchar

Len and Eunice Schamehorn

Our sincere condolences to you Dave and your family. Praying for God’s comfort in the days ahead.

Mathew and Pennamma Mathews

Our heartfelt condolences to David and the family. With prayers Rest In Peace.

Val Dyck

Beautiful service for a beautiful lady. So sorry for another loss.

Love you guys.

Princy(Suja) And Nidhin Kurian , California

Please accept our sincere condolences. I pray that our Lord blesses and comforts you and your family during this time of grief.

Rajan and prithi,Kochy

Our heartfelt condolences. May the God Almighty grant peace and comfort to the sorrowing family at this difficult time. Remembering you all in our prayers.

Roy & Reena

Our heartfelt condolences to David Achayan and all family members. We have many unforgetable memories. We always remember her hospitality and smile. May ammamma’s soul rest in peace.

Gerald & Alice Loewen

David – Our deepest condolences go out to you and your girls and their families. We have nothing but pleasant memories of our times spent with Mabel whether is was at your home, camping or church. God is faithful to His word and we pray that He will give an abundance of His Peace and Comfort.
Gerry & Alice

Abraham & Mary Varghese ( Jolly& Molly)

Heart felt condolences! The peace of the Lord which surpass all the understanding may comfort you all. One day we will see her again on that beautiful shore.Remember you in our prayers.

Valsamma andrews

Our deep condolences to meamachayan ,Shari, Sandra,joyce and kids.meama had gave us so many unforgettable memories .we will miss her.


I remember playing board games with her! She was such a sweet person. If you have a charity in mind I would love to donate on her behalf. My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time <3

Dilys Bordian

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy Darren and Dilys Bordian

Peter & Judy Goossen

What a WONDERFUL and LOVING tribute for such a WONDERFUL and LOVING woman
From the first time our families got together at Derek and Joyce’s engagement party we saw that the Mathews were a very close and loving family. We are always welcomed and have always enjoyed our get togethers when our families have joined for birthdays, special occasions and Christmas. We have played some great cards and dice games. We have always enjoyed the delicious India tea that Mabel would make for us. One of our very favorite memories comes from Derek and Joyce’s wedding when our families got together the night before the wedding for a celebration supper and Mabel had arranged and had sewn for us all to wear traditional India dress attire. We had soooo much fun and we looked so good.
So much of who become is a direct result of who our Moms were, their beliefs, their passions, definitely their love and support. There is no doubt as you say goodbye to your mom that she will always be looking at you three girls with that ever present sense of pride for her three beautiful daughters. In time when it doesn’t hurt quite so bad you will find comfort and can cherish the great memories that you no doubt have to remember her as she would have liked you to, not as a woman struggling to fight a horrible disease, but rather as the cement that formed the foundation of your beautiful family. Her beautiful smile , her laugh, and that she was always there when you needed her. To you all, our hearts go out to you! We are so sorry for the loss of your wife, your mom, mother-in-law, AMMA, auntie, sister, sister-in-law and friend!! XOXO

Thomas and Rachel Mathew

Extending our sincere and deep condolences to David, their children and all their extended family members. May you all feel God’s presence and be filled with His devine peace in your hearts. Praying for you all. God bless.

Anne Pulikkaseril

Rest in Peace dear freind you will always be remembered.
Deepest condolences to rest of the family

George & Antoniamma Cherian

Our heartfelt condolences to David and family.
May God Almighty give you all enough strength to overcome this difficult time.

Wayne and Valerie Schamehorn

Our heartfelt condolences to Dave and all the family. Mabel was a great friend and we will cherish all the memories over the years of our families get together. May God grant peace and comfort at this time of terrible loss.

Caroline Birkholz

To all the family, my heart hurts with your to hear this sad news. She was a very sweet intelligent woman and a fabulous mother, wife and grandmother. Our prayers are for you all.

Lana Vant Erve

Our sincerest condolences to David & family. Mabel was such a kind, sweet & gentle lady. I ended up in her Dollar Store in West Edmonton one day and she recognized me after many years away from Manning! We had a lovely chat and I thought of that little visit often., I had no idea she even really knew me but she did. We are so sorry for your loss.

Sandra Schmidt Kamieniecki

Dan and I send our deepest condolences to you David and your family Mabel was just a lovely lady
She will be deeply missed

P. Oommen Thomas & Susan Thomas

Our heartfelt condolences to David and the entire family. We will miss her kindness, hospitality and her wonderful smile. Rest in peace.

Kathy Drysdale and Don McKinnon

Sending prayers and hugs to you David and Shari, Sandra and Joyce…all my memories of Mabel have her smiling in them. Always welcoming throughout our days in Manning. It’s always too soon. She no doubt is dearly missed.
Lots of love
Don and Kathy

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