Margaret Eileen Gabba went to see her Heavenly Father and her beloved son Joey Gabba on June 11, 2019 at the age of 84 in Katy, formerly from Kingsville. Eileen, as she was known to family and friends, was born on May 3, 1935 in Topeka, Kan. to Kathleen and Hubert Martin. She grew up in Topeka before her father moved the family to Kingsville for employment.
She married Raymond Gabba on Dec. 23, 1954 in Kingsville. Together they ran Gabba’s Gun Shop and had four children. Eileen was very creative and loved to make crafts, especially quilts and delicious recipes, and she entered her creations into many contests. She won awards too numerous to list and was also an avid Star Trek fan and had every episode on DVD.
After selling the gun shop and retiring, they took many RV trips around the country, and their favorite place to visit was Alaska. She loved her Catholic faith and she and Raymond participated in many church activities while their health was good. Her greatest sorrow was losing their youngest son Joseph to cystic fibrosis when he was six years old.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond of Katy; daughter, Kathy (Joe); son, Paul (Cecilia); son, Bobby (Linda); grandchildren, Ashley Mills, Cory Gabba, Christopher (Denise) Gabba; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
She was predeceased by her son, Joseph Gabba; parents, Kathleen and Hubert Martin; and siblings, Anne Harwell, Mike Martin and John Martin.
Please visit the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary website at Turcottepipermortuary.com for arrangement details.
The family wishes to thank Maria Esther Munoz for many years of loving care of our mom. In lieu of flowers and if anyone wishes to make a donation, the family requests you donate to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100N, Bethesda, Md., 20814 (cff.org) or St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Kingsville.
“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead” 1 Corinthians 15:21.