Valma Jewel Cabage, age 100, died
28, 2008 at WittenbergLutheranVillage in Crown Point, Indiana.
She is survived by her daughter, Lilian (Stuart) Swenson of Dyer, Indiana; grandson, Mark
(Susan) Swenson of Northbrook, Illinois; granddaughter, Christine (Robert) Wildeboer of Chicago; niece, Ann (Joe) Rhodes of Evansville
and Don (Diane) Williams of St. Louis.
She was preceded in death by her parents,
Tony and Edna Drexler; husband, BurlesCabage; sister, Ruth (Jim) Komis
and brother, Claude (Ada) Drexler.
Valma was born on June 28, 1908 in Fornfelt (now ScottCity), Missouri, where she graduated from high school. Equipped with
her motherís encouragement and her own determination, she became a teacher. She
graduated from SoutheastMissouriStateTeachers
(now SoutheastMissouriStateUniversity) and earned additional graduate hours from the University of Evansville and WashingtonUniversity. Her teaching career ranged from a one-room school in
the Ozark Mountains during the depression to the Evansville schools where she served as a classroom teacher. She
was especially proud of her service as a special education teacher at GlenwoodSchool in Evansville, where she became known for her innovative methods.
She stayed in touch with many of her students well after her retirement from
teaching. After retirement, she and her sister, Ruth Komis,
organized reading classes for pre-school children at the Oakland City Public
Funeral services will be Friday Oct 3, 2008 at Lamb-Basham Memorial Chapel in OaklandCity, IN. with burial in LocustHillCemetery in Evansville, In. Dr. Douglas Low officiating. Visitation will be
from Thursday at the chapel.