Mary Lee Cable – The Examiner

Mary Cable, 94, of Stover passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo.

Mary Lee Cable was born on January 1, 1928, in rural Morgan County, Missouri, the daughter of Charles Estel Simmons and Dollie Rose Gerlt.

Mary grew up on the family farm and often spoke of the work she did to help her father, including plowing the fields, driving the truck to the sawmill, making fence posts and selling them for five cents each, and various other jobs that showed her strength and courage. She often said that she could do more physical labor than some of the kids around her even though she was just a little thing.

She later moved to Sedalia with her sister Cleo to work in a restaurant, and then to Kansas City.

She returned to Versailles where she married William Henry Cable on May 6, 1949. They returned to Kansas City and raised a family. Mary worked for Dodd’s Bakery and found her passion in cake making. She attended the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and was tutored by Mr. Wilton himself. She quickly gained favor in the business and was asked to bake cakes for prominent figures in the community. Even President Truman asked her to bake her birthday cakes.

Mary and Henry then moved to Buckner, Mo., where she opened her own bakery. People came from all over to have the famous Mrs. Cable bake her pies. She continued to raise her children and then care for her grandchildren in this home. When she wasn’t at the bakery, she tended her garden, cooked, canned, quilted, sewed, cross-stitched, sold Avon, and bowled in a league in Blue Springs. After they retired, they built a home in Stover, Mo. and returned to the community where they grew up. There, she Mary continued to bake cakes for friends and family, as well as tend her garden, help those around her, and spend quality. She spent time with her family and friends, including four children, seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Charles Estel Simmons and Dollie Rose Gerlt, her brothers Maxie Elroy and William Jacob, her sister Stella Cleo Adams, her son William Everette Cable, her husband William Henry Cable, and a son-in-law, Gary Smith. Those left to carry on her legacy include three daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Wayne Dowell of Greenwood, Missouri; Patty Smith of Odessa, Missouri; Jackie and Donnie Cochran of Chandler, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Chris Smith, Cassy Wendel, Kim Wood, Tracey Duplantis, Sarah Adler, James Cable, and Michelle Dowell; 22 great-grandchildren, Tieler Smith, Payton Smith, Hayden Smith, Katie Smith, Cole Smith, Dempsey Wood, Brenden Wood, Samantha Wood, Nathan Wood, Lindsey Jones, Tatum Wendel, Ty Wendel, Cade Cable, Alea Cable, Brooke Adler, Jason Adler , Alexis Adler, Emma Duplantis, Maggie Duplantis, Phoebe Duplantis, Kendra Robison, and Kyler Corley.

Visitation will be at 12:30 pm on Saturday, November 19 followed by a service at 1 pm at Scrivner-Page-Dady Funeral Home in Stover. Burial will follow in Stover Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Scrivner-Page-Dady Funeral Home in Stover.

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