Mabel Eva Jay Blaylock was born in Robert Lee, Texas, October 21, 1927, to Raymond and Nellie Jay. After graduating from Lake View High School at age 16,she married Billy Frank Blaylock June 10, 1944, while he was in the Marine Corps. After World War II, Mabel and Billy Frank settled in Eldorado, and were married 59 years before his death in 2003.
Mabel loved music and by the age of 10, was singing on KGKL Radio in San Angelo, so small she had to stand on a chair to reach the microphone. She also sang in a men’s quartet that performed all over west Texas. Later she attended several schools of music, including the Stamps-Baxter School of Music. Mabel was a very talented musician, playing a variety of instruments. She enjoyed singing in the choir at First Baptist Church in Eldorado for many years.
The joy of Mabel’s life was her family. She loved to laugh and especially loved spending time with all the grandkids, teaching so many important life skills – how to bait a hook and catch a big perch, how to play and win card and board games, how to sing from the heart and make a joyful noise! She was a talented artist, seamstress, and cook, and shared those talents with family and friends. She led by example, living a Christ-centered life, putting others first, and stressing to those close to her the importance of always doing the right thing.
She is survived by her sister Nell Richardson of Lubbock, and brother Robert Jay and Pansie of Eldorado. Children are Frankie Hardy of Dallas, Steve Blaylock and Mary Ann of Midland, Billie Gayl Gray and Terry of Kerrville, and Eva Jo Sessom and Steve of Eldorado.
Grandchildren are Jay and Phebe, Jeff and Tish, Betsy, Katie and Donnie, Lindy and Ben, Jamie and Brent, Staci and Benny, Stormi and Quay, M’Lissa and Jeremy, and Micah and Leslie. Great-grandchildren are Justin, Lauren, Hunter, Hayden, Jackson, Jayci, Logan, Morgan, Drake, Fisher, Payton, Stevi, Drew, Charli, and Atli.
Mabel was preceded in death by her beloved granddaughter Mitzi.
Services were Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Eldorado.
Memorials may be made to Mitzi Sessom Scholarship Fund at First Baptist Church of Eldorado.