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Obituary for Mabel Esther Kornblum (Bowman)

Mabel Esther Kornblum, 98, of Nashville, Tennessee, and formerly of Cookeville, Tennessee, passed from this life on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at Harmony of Bellevue in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mabel was born in Lovejoy, in Overton County, Tennessee, Sunday, June 29, 1924, to the loving parents of Grady and Alice Bowman. As a result of her Mother taking ill when she was three years old, she went to stay with her Great Aunt, Edna (Norrod) Johnson and her husband, Bill Johnson in Cookeville, TN, where she remained until marriage. She often visited home with her parents and her seven brothers and sisters in Detroit, Michigan where Grady and Alice had relocated to during the Great Depression.

Mabel lived in Cookeville, Nashville, Birmingham and the Detroit area near family, and then moved back to Nashville after the birth of her Granddaughter Rachael. Mabel adored her trips to Michigan, spending time with family. She had such great times with her sisters and her niece Karen who was like a sister to her, and they all have incredibly fun stories to tell.

She was an incredible cook and she lovingly created holiday and birthday meals, with the table perfectly set with lovely dishes, cloth napkins and candlelight. She would even light the candles on the table if someone came over for a simple breakfast or lunch, because she said that it was always a special meal if a family member or friend was there with her. She made the very best Fried Chicken!

When living in Cookeville in the 60’s, she baked cakes and pies for the drugstore in the town square to help supplement income. She was known for her delightful baked goods and especially her Carrot Cakes and Coconut Cakes, which became a special request for family Birthdays. She baked several Carrot Cakes for her Granddaughter Rachael’s wedding and she would also bake one each year for Bob and Rachael’s Anniversaries.

Mabel loved to dance, and for many years she took Ballroom Dancing lessons and won many awards. She was a fun lady to hang out with and so full of life and laughter. She loved to sew and made custom drapes and clothes. She enjoyed needle crafting and left several framed pieces that she created in Needlepoint. She loved Big Band music and Laurel and Hardy! She collected Primitive Antiques and her home was so inviting to visit and often included a nice nap because it was so comfortable. She loved visits and phone calls, roses, Margaritas, beautiful shoes, Chocolate Ice Cream, anything fabric and the soothing color of light blue.

Mabel is preceded in death by her parents Grady and Alice Bowman, her Great Aunt Edna Johnson (Bill), husband, Govy Whitteaker, second husband, Charles Kornblum, son Kenneth Joel Whitteaker, and brothers, Jess Bowman (Mary), Chester Bowman (Betty), John Bowman (Mary) and William Bowman.

She is survived by daughter Sharon Ingram (Randy), Granddaughter Rachael Knoph (Bob), Sisters Gladys Sibilsky, Delores Lindroth and Lita Osterhaut (Rich), nieces, nephews and family member Mitch Shelton.

Funeral Service for Mabel Esther Kornblum and Celebration of Life for her son Ken Whitteaker will be held Monday, August 29, 2022, at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery where they will both be laid to rest.

Visitation with the family will be held Monday, August 29, 2022, from 11:00 am until the time of service at 2:00 pm at Crest Lawn Funeral Home.

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Arrangements entrusted to Crest Lawn Funeral Home.