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Abigail "Gail" Mohn Cable

July 2, 1943 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Abigail "Gail" Cable Obituary

Gail Cable, 80, of Asheville, North Carolina, for the past 25 years, died from liver cancer on January 23, 2024, way too soon for a busy craftsperson with so many more projects to create.

Born Abigail Kirkman Mohn on July 2, 1943, to G. Frederick Mohn and Margaret “Peg” Steele Mohn in Ithaca, New York, she is survived by daughter Margaret “Meg” Hillie (Brad Mowrey), granddaughter Violet Mowrey, older brother George Mohn (Annette Bydekarken), younger sisters Angela Mathieson and Lisa Dahl (John Liberatore), nieces and nephews, and their children.

She was called Abbie the first two-thirds of her life. Abbie graduated from Harpur College/State University of New York–Binghamton in 1965, married Karl Hillie in 1966, had their daughter in 1967, and moved to North Carolina in 1968. She married Charles “Bud” Cable (deceased) in the early 1980s. She maintained a close relationship with granddaughters Melissa Cable Garza Petropoulos (Robert Petropoulos) and Jaime Cable Burke (Jeremy Burke).

Having been deaf as a child, she found her calling as a special education teacher, working several years at Western Carolina Center and many years at Western Correctional Center in Morganton, NC. While employed full time, she earned a master’s degree in special education through the University of North Carolina–Charlotte in 1978. Later she taught in the Morganton and Asheville public school systems before retiring in 1998.

Her life as Gail began after she moved to Asheville, where she spent her happiest years. After retirement, she earned an associate’s degree in professional crafts: fiber at Haywood Community College in 2002 and took courses and taught at the College for Seniors.

Throughout her life, she loved learning, teaching, crafting, and playing music. She was knowledgeable about nature and natural foods and dyes and was always learning something new. She was a dedicated literacy volunteer and craftsperson—especially fond of weaving, spinning, knitting, and crocheting—and was active in local craft guilds. She was a musician, playing clarinet, oboe, dulcimer, and piano. In Morganton and Asheville, she played the oboe in community bands, symphonies, and woodwind groups.

In July 2024, Gail’s ashes will be buried outside Ithaca, NY. We will update this obituary with information about her celebration of life as well as updated burial information.

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