Died: January 16, 2014
Essie Mae (Staats) Abel, 87, Vincennes, passed away Thursday January 16, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital with her family by her side. Essie was born September 18, 1926 in Mount Carmel, IL, to Charles and Pauline (Wheeler) Staats. She graduated from Lincoln High School. Essie worked at the Executive Inn and later became dorm secretary at Vincennes University. She married Robert Gene Abel on March 30, 1946, and he preceded her in death on November 22, 1962. She also was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Church.
She is survived by Carol and her husband Gary Foster, Ruth Ann and her husband Mike Arthur, Robert and his wife Lisa Abel; also son-in-law Tim Catiller; thirteen grandchildren, Gary and Rob Foster, Dereck Abel, Kindra Arnold, Aaron Boger, Brittany Crowder, Joshua Abel, Samuel Abel, Andrew Abel, Heather Abel, Camby Alton, Misty Walker, and Reba Burke; and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
Along with her late husband Robert, Essie is preceded in death by two children, Raymond K. Abel and Marilyn Burke Catiller; grandson Nathan Abel; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Monday January 20, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home Vincennes Chapel, 313 Church St. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM also at the funeral home with Roger Cazzell officiating. She will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.fredrickandson.com.