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Obituary for Doris "Arlene" Zabel (Donaldson)

Doris “Arlene” Zabel, 58, of Rushville, MO died Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at the Mosaic Life Center, St. Joseph, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Ziegler officiating. Burial will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 2020 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Remembrances and condolences may be left online at

Arlene was born on August 4, 1962 in Atchison Kansas the daughter of Albert C. and Mary (McConnaughey) Donaldson. She was a housewife and homemaker. Arlene was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, loved to crochet, work on craft projects, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and eating down by the river.

She was married to Russell “Rusty” Zabel, Jr on Nov. 19, 1982. He survives of the home. Additional survivors include a son, Brian (Sharon) Zabel, Rushville, MO , a daughter Melissa (Joshua) Hughes, Rushville, MO, her mother, Mary Pilcher, St. Joseph, MO, two brothers Paul (Lisa) Donaldson, and Albert (Paula) Donaldson, of St. Joseph, MO, and sisters Shirley (Wes) Jones, Karen Donaldson, and Debbie (James) Pace, of St. Joseph, MO, six grandchildren Natalie, Isabella, Lacey, Hunter, Kale, and Autumn. Her father and step-father, Albert Pilcher, and a sister, Alberta Maly preceded her in death.