Mabel Viola Koehler was born June 30, 1925 in Aurora County, SD, to Henry and Margaret (Staller) Wilmarth. She grew up in Aurora County and graduated from Mount Vernon High School. On September 18, 1946, she married Merle “Bud” Koehler in Sublette, IL. She was employed at the Daily Republic in Mitchell and was a school bus driver for the Mitchell School District. She had been a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the VFW Auxiliary and was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the DAV.
She is survived by her three daughters: Ruthann (Tim) Larson of Plankinton, SD, Susan (Frank) Rowe of Friend, NE, Mary Koehler Brown of Lincoln, NE; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud in 2006, two sisters, Lula Kretschmer and Florence May, one brother, Henry Wilmarth Jr. and her parents.