MARGARET MARY (MITCHELL) GABRIEL

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:17 p.m.

INDIAN TOWNSHIP – Mary Gabriel, 95, died at her home at Indian Township, July 10, 2004. She was born Nov. 12, 1908, in Indian Township, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Mell) Mitchell. Mary became a well-known maker of fine Indian baskets, having been honored in Washington, D.C., by the National Endowment of the Arts in June 1994. She was among 11 folk artists and the only recipient from New England out of 220 nominees to receive a $10,000.00 National Heritage Fellowship award. Earlier, Mary won a $3000.00 grant from the Maine Arts Commission. Her fine baskets have been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the Bangor International Airport, Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, and many other art galleries. She was predeceased by her husband, Simon A. Gabriel; two sons, Simon I. and Richard A. Gabriel; and a daughter, Sylvia Gabriel, all formerly of Indian Township. She is survived by a brother, Jimdee Mitchell of Calais; two sisters, Delia Mitchell and Doris Chapman of Indian Township; three daughters, Alice Snowman of Scarborough, Clare Gabriel of Zelienople, Pa., and Deborah Brooks of Indian Township; one son, Roger Ritter and fianc?e, Jan Morrison, of Indian Township; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those wishing to pay their final respects may do so at the residence of Doris Chapman on Hemlock Point Dr. off Indian Township “Strip”, north of Princeton, Monday and Tuesday afternoon and evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at St. Anne’s Indian Parish, Peter Dana Point, with the Rev. Frank Morin Celebrant. Burial will be in the Tribal Cemetery. The family of Mary is thankful to Orene Clark of Perry, who has been Mary’s devoted caregiver for the many months preceding her death. Arrangements are by the Scott-Wilson Funeral Home, Calais.

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