At age 96, Kathryn Ardella Gable didn't sit still for long.
"She was active," said her daughter Patt Mentzer of York Township. "She lived in a big house by herself. She did the mowing up until this year. She also raked all the leaves."
And Gable baby-sat her great-grandchildren, Mentzer added.
"She was wonderful, always very pleasant, always on the go wanting to do things," Mentzer said. "She enjoyed shopping and going for a picnic."
Gable died of multiple injuries at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at York Hospital after she was struck by a 2000 Ford Ranger in the first block of Indian Rock Dam Road, not far from her Keeney Road residence.
The incident was at 6:10 p.m. York Area Regional Police Sgt. Jeff Dunbar said she was walking across the street to go to Perrydell Farms and that the driver, township resident Daniel Kramer, 82, didn't see her.
Gable was born in Hopewell Township, Dec. 5, 1916. She was the wife of the late John Gable, who died in 1987.
Besides Mentzer, Gable leaves a grandson, Eric Mentzer, of Seven Valleys; and three great-grandchildren.
Gable was a teacher and secretary for Easter Seals and for Cerebral Palsy Society of York County for 10 years, said Mentzer, a retired teacher.
Mentzer also said her mother retired in the 1980s after 13 years with York Day Nursery & Kindergarten where she was an executive director.
Gable was a long-time attendant of Bethany Church of Christ, where she was a choir member, according to Mentzer.
Among Gable's main passions was participating in the York Twinning Association, an independent organization in the greater York area in support of educational and cultural exchanges with the cities of Arles, France and Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany.
Mentzer said Gable had been with York Twinning since the 1980s and organized the association's annual fall luncheon and fashion shows to raise money for the association.
This year's 21st annual show was scheduled for Saturday, but has been canceled "because of Ardy," said Dr. Joel Reiter, a dentist and York Twinning's president.
He said Gable was affectionately called Ardy and was one of the association's most important members.
Gable also organized a second fundraiser, Twelfth Night Holiday Home Tour scheduled for Jan. 5, 2014.
Reiter, 54, of Spring Garden Township, said he is "just shocked" about the circumstances of Gable's death and will miss her.
"I didn't know she was 96," he said. "She was active and in great shape. She knew a lot of people and made a lot of connections for us. She did so much."
Though her mother is gone, the lessons from her life will remain with the family, Mentzer said.
"Be positive all the time," Mentzer said. "Be friendly, cheerful, always smiling and be a very hard worker."
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