Mayme Ann Vrabel Girdley


Mayme Ann Vrabel Girdley passed away June 14, 2016, while residing with her daughter, Karen, in Estero, Florida.

Mayme was born June 17, 1920, in Mining Camp No. 8 near Cle Elum, Washington. She was the eighth child of Michael and Anna Vrabel.

Mayme graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in Whiting.

She went to work at the American Steel Industries Cast Armor plant in East Chicago during World War II where she would meet and marry the love of her life, John F. Girdley, in 1942.

Mayme was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, three sisters; her husband, John; a son, Alex N. Girdley; and a daughter-in-law, Karen D. Thompson Girdley.

She is survived by her son, Johne F. Girdley Jr. (Ida), daughter, Karen J. Vernon (David), daughter Faye Groth (Jerry), son James Girdley (Meresa); 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mayme was a member of Our Lady of Greenwood for 58 years, Daughters of Isabella and Keenagers.

She worked at The William H. Block Co. for more than 20 years.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting and tending her beloved flowers.

Every expectant mother looked forward to receiving an afghan for their baby, and every grandchild also looked forward to their special graduation afghan.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St. and one hour prior at church on Saturday. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Our Lady of Greenwood Church.

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