No one who met Mignon Abels can ever forget her dazzling smile or the warm generosity of spirit that emanated from her as she turned her attention to them. A playful and adventurous woman, she has left her friends and family grateful to have shared life with her. Her two children, Loralei and Scott, were with Mignon when she passed on to God's arms on February 18, 2008, after a five-year battle against leukemia.
Mignon was a strong and independent woman, a loving and devoted mother, and a proud professional. As with everything in her life, Mignon brought enthusiasm, integrity, attention to detail and grace to her real estate career, which began in 1977 and spanned nearly 30 years. In addition to being a member of the Woman's Council of Realtors, her excellence as a realtor quickly earned her lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Club. She was admired and loved by her fellow realtors, clients and friends.
One of her favorite activities was to travel abroad and throughout the United States with her friends and children. Most recently, she took her children on a "making memories tour" throughout the interior of Alaska. Her worldwide adventures include walking on the Great Wall of China, riding elephants in Thailand, taking flight in a hot air balloon, and most recently, kayaking through the glaciers of Alaska.
Mignon was born in Aberdeen, S.D., on September 25, 1930, to Margaret and Ernst Braun, who had immigrated to the United States from Danzig, Germany in 1927. The family moved to Southern California when she was a toddler. She spent time during her youth "hanging around" movie studios and other famous Hollywood haunts, collecting autographs from stars like Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart and Ginger Rogers. As a young adult, she delighted in dancing the night away to Benny Goodman, Glen Miller and other big bands at the Palladium in Los Angeles. This is where she met her future husband, Robert Abels, who had just graduated from the University of Southern California as a biochemist. The family gave up their city life and moved to their idyllic Rogue River home in 1970.
Despite the allure of world travel and the sophistication of big cities, Mignon was never happier than when she was back home in Medford, helping her clients, lunching with her girlfriends, and praising the Lord for all of her many blessings.
A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2617 E. Barnett Rd., Medford, OR. 773-3594.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the hospital where she received wonderful support and treatment: Leukemia Research Fund, UC San Francisco, Department of Hematology/Oncology, 400 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143-0324.