LaNelle Carter Gabriel, of Lockhart, passed on to be with the Lord on March 10, 2012. She was born at home in Lytton Springs on Oct. 26, 1924, to Horace Brinkley Carter and Jewell Edith Hogan Carter, both of original pioneer families of Caldwell County.
She resided since November of 2009 at 1017 Bois D’Arc in Lockhart, where she lived a deeply contented and meaningful life.
She is survived by her only son, John David Gabriel, M.D., of Dallas and Austin; three wonderful grandchildren: Kirsten Elise, John Taylor, and Mackenzie Meredith; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families: Mildred Marie “Missy” Daly, Carter Wayne Pettit, Mary Nell Gorom, Jay Dalton, Joan Marie “Joni” Gabriel, Tally
Gabriel, and Ernie Gabriel.
She was preceded in death by John Pierce Gabriel, her beloved husband
of 53 years, and by her five sisters: Mildred, Marie, Blanche, her twin sister La Nier and Yvonne.
She was Valedictorian of her high school class, and in her address aspired for us to “Hitch your wagon to a star,” from the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson. She attended San Marcos State University for three years, achieving a teacher’s certificate, and taught in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas for two years before her marriage. Her husband and she were members of the First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.
They ranched in Bastrop and Caldwell Counties since 1936.
Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church of Lockhart at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2012. Burial followed in the Bunton Cemetery, Dale, Texas.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan St., Lockhart, Texas 78644 (512) 398-4791.