Monnabell Hambleton, 87

FORT WAYNE— Monnabell Hambleton, 87, formally of Big Lake, died at 9:48 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Sunday.She was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Allen County, a daughter of the late Glenn P. and Gladys (Bowsman) Ruby. Her formative years were spent in Allen County. She graduated from Lafayette Center High School.On Oct. 30, 1945, she was united in marriage to Max E. Hambleton. They made their home in Roanoke then Waynedale. In 1952, they moved to Big Lake. In December of 1977, they moved to Fort Wayne. Mr. Hambleton died March 28, 1987.A full-time homemaker, she was employed by General Electric, Fort Wayne during World War II.Surviving relatives include three daughters, Sandra (David) Shafter of Fort Wayne, Brendra (Don) McCurdy of Fort Wayne and Cynthia Hickman of Topeka; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Sue Hambleton of Texas; a sister, Gloria (Terry) Smith of Columbia City and a brother-in-law, Fredrick (Winifred) Hambleton of Fremont.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Larry D. Hambleton and three brothers, Merle Ruby, Gene R. Ruby and Glenn P. Ruby, Jr. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will be in the Highland Park Cemetery. The visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Allen County Council on Aging.Condolences may be sent to