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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mable I. â€śBunnyâ€ť Herrick, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at her daughterâ€™s home at High Lake. She was born in Fort Wayne Oct. 1, 1926 to Earl and Lola (Hitchcock) Rabbitt.
She was raised in Indiana and graduated with the Class of 1944 from Rome City High School.
Following her marriage to Virgil N. Herrick Jan. 27, 1944, they established their home in North Manchester.
They moved to Colorado where she resided for seven and a half years, and from 1967 to 1995 they lived in Larwill.
She moved from there to Columbia City following the death of her husband. She has also lived in Fort Wayne, Wabash, Kendallville and Missouri.
She most recently worked at Wal-Mart as a greeter, but she also served as a volunteer at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she served as president of the volunteers. She was a member of the Columbia City VFW Post 5582, serving as district and post president. Other volunteer positions included the Whitley County Literacy Council and the YMCA.
She is survived by two daughters, Carol Sue Smith of Chugwater, Wyo. and Sandra Louise Slone of Albion; five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Virgil Nov. 4, 1994; and brothers, Robert, Charles and Richard Rabbitt.
Visitation with the family will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Donations in memory of Mrs. Herrick can be made to the Whitley County Literacy Council or the VFW Childrenâ€™s Home.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send a condolence to the family, log onto www.demoneygrimes.com.