Karl and Enid Abel

Enid Abel was born 94 years ago in her folks’ kitchen on Peoria Avenue in Glendale. Her daddy, Rowland Moore, was a cotton farmer, who had grown up as a Texas cowboy. Her mother, Ethyl Moore, was the Peoria Grade School bus driver…the bus in 1922 was an open-air Packard touring car and it worked just fine. Except that Ethyl was working while pregnant and one morning (on 9/11) she went into unexpected labor with this fourth child - while delivering kids to school.

There was no time to get to the old St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, so Mrs. Moore went home and delivered Enid herself in the kitchen of their tiny, wooden farmhouse.

Mrs. Abel waited until her birthday to pass…and her family believe there was a truly joyous birthday party for her with her husband, Karl, and all the family. Her survivors hope they save them some cake.

Mrs. Abel served her community in so many ways, especially as chairwoman of the Glendale Arts Council. She even chose and personally purchased and installed the iconic park statue of the old man feeding birds. It was her gift to her hometown. It was her belief, as witnessed in the notes of the arts council, that art should reflect a direct usefulness and lend that image to our surroundings.

She was also wife of the president of Salt River Project during Karl Abel’s dozen years guiding that organization through pivotal times for the growth of the Valley and Arizona.

She is survived by her daughter, Lency Spezzano; her son, Jonathan Abel; and four loving generations of family. She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Good job, Mom.

Enid Abel’s funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Ave., Glendale.

The service will be led by Rev. David R. Clark from Mrs. Abel’s church home for 73 years, Grace Lutheran in Glendale. Her husband, Karl, actually helped build their first church when it was just a mission. He and his big brother mixed the adobe building blocks with their own bare feet back in the day. Then, they went over and helped the Baptists build their church.

Interment will be 3 p.m., where Mrs. Abel will be with her husband and much of their family in Resthaven Cemetery.