MILFORD — Mabel Chase, 88, passed away early Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at her home in Milford.
Mabel was born Sept. 9, 1924, to Roland and Della (DeLong) Milks in Sharon
Springs, the youngest of the five very close sisters in the Milks family. Growing up in Sharon Springs, Mabel enjoyed studies and sports, particularly softball and tennis. One of her first jobs was dipping sulpher water at the White Sulpher Springs Company spa. She graduated from Sharon Springs High School. Mabel then majored in history at Hartwick College, Oneonta, where she met her husband, Jack Chase. She graduated Hartwick in 1948 and Mabel and Jack were married Aug. 27, 1949, in Sharon Springs.
Mabel moved to Milford in 1950, where she and Jack raised their family. She taught history and social studies at Milford Central School for 20 years, retiring in 1979. She was elected to the Milford Town Board. For many years after retirement, Mabel spent winters in Palmetto, Fla.
Mabel pursued many interests and activities. She was passionate about American history and enjoyed visiting historic places, especially in New York and New England, as well as reading historical biographies and collecting antiques and postcards. She was also interested to know and communicate the history of her community and was a founding member of the Milford Historical Association. Mabel followed current events closely, and was intensely interested in government and politics.
Through her life Mabel remained involved in sports, as a participant and as a fan. Mabel enjoyed golf and for many years played with the Monday Women’s League at Cee-Jay (now Colonial Ridge) golf course. She enjoyed winter activities with friends in Florida, including playing bridge. Mabel was an avid fan of college basketball and major league baseball and enjoyed watching a good game.
Mabel liked to work outdoors and enjoyed gardening and tending her blueberry bushes. She couldn’t wait to be past the last spring frost to visit local greenhouses and nurseries to choose the new year’s flowers.