Mabel Harris-Webb, 1918-2016
Mabel Estelle Martin Harris-Webb, 98, of Little Rock, passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, in Little Rock.
She was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Warren, Arkansas, to Noel and Maude Rumph Martin. She graduated from Warren High School and then attended Hendrix College in 1936, graduating in 1940.
She married in 1941, to the Rev. Edward W. Harris of Texarkana, Arkansas, a graduate of Emory University. They served churches in Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri for over 50 years. They were married 65 years.
She traveled as a tour host for many years with Educational Opportunities, an ecumenical travel group through the United Methodist Church. She traveled extensively in and throughout Europe, England and Scandinavia, and volunteered on Methodist mission trips to Mexico and Russia.
Later, she married the Rev. James R. Webb Jr. of Macon, Georgia, a retired United Methodist minister from the South Georgia Conference. They had first met in the College Summer Service Group in New York the summer of 1939. They were married for five years.
She was a long time member of First UMC Little Rock and the Friendship-Faulkner Sunday school class, plus an associate member of Historic St. George’s Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the oldest Methodist church in the world. Mabel established the “John Wesley Prayer Room” in First United Methodist Church in honor of John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; her devoted sister, Alice Martin Fiser and brother-in-law, Paul Fiser; two of their children, Dr. Paul Martin Fiser and Susan Fiser Barham; and her second husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Martin Harris Livingston (Dr. Richard Lee Livingston) of Fort Smith, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Susannah Livingston Bertram (Christopher Bertram) of Brooklyn, New York, Connor Livingston of Little Rock and Andrew Harris Livingston of Fort Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Lily Elizabeth Greenberg and Henry Lee Greenberg of Brooklyn, New York. She is also survived by two step-children, Larry Webb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Sharon Webb of Hudson, Massachusetts; and several beloved nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at First UMC Warren, Arkansas; burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at First UMC Little Rock.
Memorials may be given to the C. Ray Tribble Scholarship Fund at Camp Aldersgate, 2000 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, AR 72205; or to the Julie Wilke/Mabel Harris-Webb Youth Workers Scholarship Fund, c/o Steve Wilke, Southwestern University, 100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156.