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 Mabel <I>Jones</I> Gabbott

Mabel Jones Gabbott

Malad City, Oneida County, Idaho, USA
Death 13 Feb 2004 (aged 93)
Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot X_2_76_4E
Memorial ID 57726092 · View Source
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Daughter of Mary Lusk Jones and Bernard Jones. She married J. Donald Gabbott on June 30, 1941. They had five children. Her husband, Don, died in May of 1976.
Mabel was loved by everyone who knew her. She was an accomplished poet and lyricist. In 1946 she was invited to submit hymn texts for a new LDS Church hymn book. Three of her texts were accepted, including "In Humility our Savior", which was sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1950 when the new hymn book was introduced. It has since become a much-loved hymn throughout the Church. She went on to see many of her poems and songs published.
Mabel's lyrics were put to music by many composers, including Crawford Gates, Robert Cundick, Darwin Wolford, Robert Manookin, Nora Hogan, Lynn Lund, and Michael Moody. Besides the hymns in the Church hymn book, Mabel's songs appear in the Children's Song Book, many of which are familiar to children throughout the church, including "He Sent His Son" and "Baptism."
A great deal of Mabel's life was given in service to the LDS Church. She served a mission in 1938 under Preston Nibley, in the Northwestern States (where she met her husband). After her mission she worked in Salt Lake City as a secretary to Elder LeGrand Richards. In 1957 she was a manuscript editor for "The Children's Friend" magazine. Then she joined the staff of "The Improvement Era" (later called the Ensign) magazine in 1965 where she was Editorial Assistant and contributing writer. She also served as a member of the MIA General Board at this time. In 1973 the Church Music Committee began to revise and update the hymn book and Mabel served as the chairman of the text committee.
After her retirement in 1975, Mabel continued to write and did some of her best work during this period. She was called to be Relief Society President of the Bountiful 1st ward in 1985 at the age of 75; she also served as chairman of the Davis County Library Board. (Adapted Deseret News Obituary)

These songs of Mabel Jones Gabbott are to be found the Childrens Songbook:

Father Up Above
We Are Reverent
He Sent His Son
Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus
There Was Starlight on the Hillside
Who Is the Child?
Sleep, Little Jesus
Have a Very Merry Christmas
Did Jesus Really Live Again?
To Think about Jesus
Before I Take the Sacrament
Had I Been a Child
Baptism (Jesus came to John the Baptist...)
The Family (When the family gets together...)
My Country
Have a Very Happy Birthday!

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  • Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 57726092
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mabel Jones Gabbott (23 Oct 1910–13 Feb 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57726092, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Carl W. McBrayer (contributor 46558074) .