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Dr. Janice F. Gable
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: May 27, 1945
  • Date of passing: Jan 22, 2016
Love and memories last forever...

Dr. Janice F. Gable, 70, formerly of Konnarock, VA, passed away January 22, 2016, at her home in Westville, NJ.

Janice was born in Port Hueneme, CA, and grew up in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. After undergraduate study at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, she received her M.D. from Indiana University at Indianapolis, and interned at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL.

In 1971 Dr. Gable came to Konnarock in southwestern Virginia with her husband Rev. William Gable and established a solo rural family practice. Her 34 years of service to that community were exemplary. She had a patient load of about 5,000 people, and was available 24 hours a day. Working closely with the very committed Mt. Rogers Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, she conducted training sessions and served as medical director. Her office staff and area home nurses, also very devoted to good health care, always served with highest distinction and dedication. In this region, where hospitals and specialists are sometimes too distant when needed, Dr. Gable and her team did it all—from births and deaths to minor surgeries and emergencies of all kinds. And, yes, she even made house calls in her four-wheel drive.

“Dr. Jan,” as she was known, was also certified in geriatric medicine and in 2005 she accepted a position at a geriatric continuing care facility in Alexandria, VA. She retired to Westville, NJ, in 2013.

Jan delighted in many leisure activities, including piano playing, fine craftwork, and stimulating reading—but above all she enjoyed a lifelong love of gardening.

Jan is survived by sons Matthew Gable and Claude Gable, father James E. Fox, sisters Joyce Fox and Jean Fox, niece Beverly Richardson, and nephews Jacob Richardson, James Richardson, and Cole Fox. She is preceded in death by her mother, June Rommel Fox, and her sister, Judith Somer Fox.

Private family services will be held in Florida at a later date. Memorial donations can be made at cancer.org or to your favorite charity in her name.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Bill Russell on 2nd August 2016

"I hired Jan to come work at Erickson; was hoping to reconnect with her, and discovered this awful news; she was a great role model for anyone who cared to belong to the larger society as a whole; great person, great doctor
am blessed to have known her"

This tribute was added by Sharon McDonough-Means on 14th July 2016

"I was a medical school classmate of Jan's and as I discovered her passing in our IU alumni magazine and searched for her site my heart is full - so many memories!  We lived in the same Quonset hut village while in med school then adventures in the land on which she lived in Virginia.  We visited her and the family and so many, many memories!  Her picture on the site is just wonderful - so like her.  I sorely wish I had kept in better touch in these later years.  A truly compassionate and committed physician!  I would love contact with her sons as I so remember them!"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Baume on 4th July 2016

"Dr Gable took care of my parehts at Greenspring Village.  The mutual trust and respect between them was unbelievable.  She was there and helped us through some very trying times.  She truly was special and extraordinary.  She came to Moms 90th Birthday party with home cut flowers.   Very sad to learn of the passing of this very special woman who was always available.  Have thought of her often... She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Gerald Blossom on 30th May 2016

"Jan Gable  was awesome as a medical student  at Indiana University. I was a classmate.Then she was off to Konnarock where she did so much!  It is hard to add anything that has not been said by grateful and loving patients. I have included a memory in the "Stories"  section."

This tribute was added by Mary A. Dean on 27th May 2016

"I will always remember Jan Gable as both a brilliant doctor and a
dear fried. She helped both my late husband and me through
several ailments and was always available to discuss medical issues.
She lives on in my memory as a very important part of my life here
at the Greenspring Retirement community where she worked for
several years and was beloved by all her patients."

This tribute was added by Carla Osborne on 27th May 2016

"I regret that I didn't contact Dr. Gable and tell her how much she meant to my family and how her kind actions through the years were never forgotten. She filled out the required paperwork for my college physical and I remember her cheerfully sending me out into the wider world. I can't think of a single family member she didn't treat at some point."

This tribute was added by Carole Greer on 27th May 2016

"I'm sure Dr. Jan celebrates every day in heaven. We who love and respect her will never forget."

This tribute was added by Rheda Dolinger on 27th May 2016

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  You are loved and missed deeply... although, I could have sworn you warned me about drinking 'coffeemate,' yesterday. LOL  You were and will always be my HERO!!!!!!!!!!!  I love you! Rheda"

This tribute was added by Mary A. Dean on 15th February 2016

"Dr. Gable was the primary physician of my late husband David and I
at Greenspring Retirement community from 2006 until her retirement.
My husband and I felt that Dr. Gable was the best diagnostian, most
dedicated and brilliant doctor we had ever had, and we have had many both in the U.S. and abroad with the U.S. State Department. Dr. Gable
was highly respected and loved here at Greenspring and all her patients
felt especially lucky to have her. She and I kept up an email friendship
after she retired and shared many thoughts as well as a book written by
my late husband, which she enjoyed reading. She will be missed by all who knew her, loved her, admired her and cared so much for her. Her shining light has not been dimmed by her passing."

This tribute was added by Roy OConnor on 1st February 2016

"Dr. Gable was my Doctor at Greenspring in Springfield, VA.  She was a wonderful caring physician to me personally and many other residents. While serving as Director of our Medical Department, she was very well liked and respected in our retirement community and will be long remembered for her contributions.  May she rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Donnie Goodson on 29th January 2016

"Especially in the medical field, Dr. Gable was a rare diamond in the rough. The world needs many more inspiring people as her -- intelligent, yet very approachable, and not the slightest bit arrogant. I can say for sure that I am a healthier person today because of this lady, and I know my mother and her family are as well. I don't know if it's possible to know how big of a positive impact Dr. Gable had on the community."

This tribute was added by Dixie Seymour on 29th January 2016

"Dr. Jan was doctor to both my parents as well as myself.  We were her patients for most of the 34 years she practiced at Konnarock.  We treasured not only her medical knowledge but also a wonderful friendship.  That beautiful memorial picture just brings back so many wonderful memories.  That smiling face was just as I remember it in 2005 when she left Konnarock.  Rest in peace, Dr. Jan.  Love ye!!!!"

This tribute was added by Beverly Eskridge on 29th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was my doctor when I was a teenager. I lived on Hwy. 58 toward Abingdon so it was quite a haul to go around those curvy roads to Konnaroçk. But it was worth it to see her. She was just the kind of caring doctor that a timid teenage girl needed. She was a special
lady. Prayers for the family during this hard time."

This tribute was added by Carla Osborne on 28th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was one of the most down-to-earth people I have ever met. She took care of generations of my family and there's no doubt in my mind why her patients loved her so — she was genuine and sincere as a professional and a person. She left her mark on the mountains and will be remembered fondly by all who knew her."

This tribute was added by debby heffinger on 28th January 2016

"Dear family:  I am so sad to learn of Dr. Gable's passing.  I began seeing her as soon as she began her practice in Konnarock.  I do not know what my life would be like had she not taken such good care of me.  I always threatened her that I would move wherever she did!   Not only was she wonderful, but so was her staff; it was like a family when I would go see her.  I have missed her so much since she left Konnarock.  She made this earth a better place & I am grateful to have known her.  You are all in my prayers."

This tribute was added by velma morris on 28th January 2016

"I was shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Dr. Gable.  You were my doctor and friend for many years at Greenspring Retirement in Springfield, Va. Dr. Gable helped me through a serious illness. We always talked about our gardens. We emailed after she retired.  I will miss her very much.  My prayers and thoughts are with each of her family.  I will meet you in heaven.  Thank you for your kindness, gentleness and blessings we shared together.  Read Psalms 23:1-6 in your Bible.  Put your name in the verses where they use I, Me, Us. I believe Psalms 23 will comfort you and me in the days ahead.  I have wonderful memories of Dr4. Gable."

This tribute was added by George & Wendy Strawbridge on 28th January 2016

"Heaven has gained a healer and a gardener and she is tending to her flowers and plants without pain. We feel the sorrow of her loss, but we remain to pass along the lessons she taught us as a good friend, mentor, exceptional physician and role model. Dr. Jan touched so many lives and literally treated so many hearts with unmatched loving care. Her memory will live on through all of us and we were blessed by her presence among us.
George and Wendy Strawbridge"

This tribute was added by Don&Rita Stamper on 27th January 2016

"A good friend and Doctor, our condolences go out to Matt, Claude and
The rest of the family. She will be greatly missed by all."

This tribute was added by Deirdre (Dede) Goldsmith on 27th January 2016

"Jan had an empathetic heart that thrived on helping others. She was one of the finest people I've ever known. I can remember, as a fairly new patient of hers at the Konnarock clinic, I was bringing newborn Nico to her for his first pediatric appointment. She actually did her examination with Nico on my lap! She will be missed by thousands. Rest in peace, Jan. Until we meet again..."

This tribute was added by Ethel Hannah on 27th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was the best Dr I have ever had she connected with love and concern about any issue I ever needed to bring forth. She remembered the names of my four children and my husband would ask me about them even though she had never met any one of them. I was so blessed with her  medical care, friendship, and loving spirit. God be with you till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Hazel Bonner on 27th January 2016

"Along with her many friends, patients, and associates here at Greenspring Village, I will miss Dr. Gable immensely.  To me, she was first and foremost a friend, as well as the best Doctor I have had in my lifetime.  I feel privileged to have known her and to consider her a friend.  The void she left, both personal and professional, when she retired from Greenspring Village was immense."

This tribute was added by Lenora Brown on 27th January 2016

"We were so sorry to hear of Dr. Jan's passing.  She was our family doctor for over 30 years.  We were so sad to see her leave, but so glad she was able to full-fill some of her dreams of being able to do some things in life that she had not been able to do on the mountain.  We loved her deeply and will always miss her.  She was a wonderful Dr. and lady.  Our thought and prayers go to her family.  Tom & Lenora Brown"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Stewart on 27th January 2016

"I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Gables passing. She was mine and my mothers doctor for many years in Konnarock. I broke my heart when she left Konnarock but I understood why. I want the family to know that I thought she was the best doctor and person I have ever known. Heaven has gained a very special angel. My God be with the family during this very sad time."

This tribute was added by Peggy Kennedy on 27th January 2016

"I am SO saddened to hear of Dr. Gable's passing. She was such a wonderful doctor, person and friend. My mother , Elizabeth McKee , was a patient of hers from the time Dr. Gable began her practice in Konnarock and I began going to her soon after that. May God bless and comfort her family. ❤️"

This tribute was added by sharon price on 27th January 2016

"A doctor and a friend - what a blessing she was to this area - she will be missed by all who knew her."

This tribute was added by Donna Bailey on 26th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was truly a blessing to all she touched. She gave so much and asked so little. db"

This tribute was added by Carole Greer on 26th January 2016

"Dr. Jan was an amazing physician with a servant heart! I was blessed to be her patient for several years. I pray you will find peace in the assurance of her eternal rest and your precious memories."

This tribute was added by Remonia Dolinger on 26th January 2016

"Matt & Claude & Family:  Dr. Gable was the pillar of our community for many years.  Not only was she an excellent doctor, she was a good friend.  She treated four generations of my family.  She was always there for everyone.  When she left Konnarock, she was missed more than she ever knew.  She touched so many lives with her grace, understanding, knowledge and just so much more.  I mailed her a clipping I saw in the newspaper about one of her sons a few years ago and she was so grateful.  She was so very proud of both her sons.  Our prayers go out to all her family and friends.  We have so many wonderful memories of her.   She made an enormous impact in our community.  She cared deeply about all her patients and staff.  There were so many people that relied on her as their primary source of care.  She was meticulous and caring and knew the inside of our lives.  I agree with an article I read that said that she was a “Local Legend”.  It was an honor and a privilege to of known her and had her in our lives.  She will be missed and remembered forever.
Remonia & Becky"

This tribute was added by Sonja Seymore on 26th January 2016

"My grandmother Nadie Parris from Damascus, VA would INSIST on seeing Dr. Gable.  She wanted a woman doctor.  My grandmother thought so much of Dr. Gable.  I am sure all of her patients, colleagues, and family feel the same.  I also wonder if her son Claude attended Marion Senior High School where I taught in 1987-1990.   My heartfelt condolences to all.  Sonja Parris Seymore, Glade Spring, VA"

This tribute was added by Barbara Patton on 26th January 2016

"Dr Jan will be missed. She was my doctor, and a great one, for many years and tought me many things as a "new mother" years ago that I use on my grandchildren now. She was always there when you needed her. I will miss knowng you are here."

This tribute was added by Jewel Turnmire on 26th January 2016

"Dr. Jan will be missed. All that new her loved her. I loved her very much. She was a great Dr. Loved our jokes when she called me, or when I called her. Rest in peace sweet girl."

This tribute was added by Patricia Avery on 26th January 2016

"Thanks to Dr. Jan & Pastor Bill for inviting us to join the mountain community and for their years of service. We have been so blessed....especially for her attending our son's birth at our Konnarock home!!"

This tribute was added by Denise Lawless on 26th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was a friend and a wonderful doctor to my family while we lived in Whitetop.  She and Sister Sophie helped me with the birth of my son.  She was a blessing to our community."

This tribute was added by Glenda Lowe on 26th January 2016

"Angels truly walk the earth, and Dr. Jan was one of them. There was so much love in her touch. Now, she has earned her wings."

This tribute was added by Pat Berry on 26th January 2016

"Dr. Jan was an angel on earth.  I feel blessed to have had her in my life."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Hicks on 26th January 2016

"Dr. Gable treated 5 generations of my family.  I first saw her in 1974 and she was my doctor until she left Konnarock.  I made the long, sometimes treacherous, drive from my home in Glade Spring to her office hundreds of times over the years because I trusted her with my health and she saved my life at least twice.  She was the best human being I have ever known and I will miss her.   She made this world a better, more beautiful place.  Every time I see a flower I will think of her."

This tribute was added by Sherry Reedy on 26th January 2016

"Jan, was not just a one of a kind hometown county doctor, she was a dear friend. It did not matter what time you needed her, day or night, she was always there. I was so saddened when she left our small community, but now my heart breaks for her family and friends she leaves behind. You were truly missed when you left the country living Jan, but now you have did your job here on earth and did it like no other, so rest in peace now in that beautiful Heavenly Garden. You have touched so many lives with you kindness, understanding. You will me missed and always remembered."

This tribute was added by Rheda Dolinger on 26th January 2016

"I love you with all my heart!  You have been and will always be my hero!  You are the embodiment of light and I can never adequately thank you, for who you've been and will contine to be to my soul."

This tribute was added by Joyce Matheson on 25th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was a great physican and a great Friend.  My prayers go out to all family and friends."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Jim Haulsee on 25th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was our family doctor for about 30 years.  We shall never forget her kindness and her excellent medical skills and have missed her tremendously since she left Konnarock.  God is the great physician, and Janice Gable was one of his healing Angels.  We are all blessed for having known her."

This tribute was added by Sherry Crane on 25th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was such a compassionate doctor. She always made me feel important. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of need"

This tribute was added by Tara Baresel-Dennen on 25th January 2016

"Having met Jan in a lettering class at the local library it was months before I even knew she was a physician. Her kind spirt, quick wit, Midwestern sensibility and concern for people drew me to her. I quickly learned of her love of gardening and she bestowed on me the secrets to seed starting. We visited garden and garden centers together looking fir native plants to attract butterflies and other insects. Her love of birds led us to a couple bird call sessions and numerous texts about what native bird was feasting on seeds/suet in our yards. Her newness to New Jersey gave me the opportunity to share some of my knowledge of the area but we also went on many adventures. Jan did not shy away from adventure and learning; I am happy to say I was priveledged to go on various adventures with her. There are so many fabulous memories I have; I am grateful to have known Jan for the short time I did."

This tribute was added by Amanda Walls-Royal on 25th January 2016

"I grew up in Whitetop, Va, so Dr.Gable was my first doctor. I remember her as caring, kind, and always considerate of other people's feelings. She certainly blessed the community she served for so many years. Prayers for her family~"

This tribute was added by Donna Musick on 25th January 2016

"My first "real" doctor. She was a very caring person and doctor."

This tribute was added by valerie palmer on 25th January 2016

"i am sorry for your loss. i will pray for the family."

This tribute was added by Debbie Brown on 25th January 2016

"I worked with her for years. We had a great team! We were like family..."

This tribute was added by Jeff Robinette on 25th January 2016

"So sorry to hear this for the family. I did not know her well, but I knew Matt and she produced great sons. May light perpetual shine upon her."

This tribute was added by Cindy Widener on 25th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was a wonderful person and a great Doctor.  I went to her from 1974 until she moved.  Loved her like a family member.  So kind.    She held a special place in my heart .  She gave me the news when I was expecting my son."

This tribute was added by Sharon Stanton Wood on 25th January 2016

"Such a kind and caring person. Wonderful Doctor. She was so loved by the community. So sorry to hear of her passing. She touched so many lives and will be remembered and missed by all. Prayers for all her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Coleen Jones on 25th January 2016

"Started going to Dr. Gable in 1976 and she was the best. Not only was she a Dr. but a friend. She was a dear sweet lady. She will be missed.     RIP"

This tribute was added by Tammy Sexton on 25th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was one of a kind and someone i will never forget."

This tribute was added by Tammy Farmer on 25th January 2016

"My dad had started to see her before she even had the clinic. He would go to her house. When I was around 6-7 I took the chicken pox and following that a virus that caused me to lose the use of my legs. He took me to her and she diagnosed me and my regular dr. confirmed it. She then became my regular dr. until she left. She was missed more than she would ever know. All these tributes to her shows what kind of person not just a dr. but the friend she was to this community. Their has not been anyone who can take her place. Always in our hearts. She is smiling on us from a beautiful garden in heaven."

This tribute was added by Karen Parsons on 25th January 2016

"She was a wonderful person and a good doctor!"

This tribute was added by Evelyn Richardson on 25th January 2016

"Dr. Gable was a great person. She never got in a hurry when you went to see her, always would sit down and talked to you. She will always be remembered."

This tribute was added by Rosie Young on 25th January 2016

"What an AMAZING woman. I can still remember being in awe of her and wanting to be just like her. She must have treated me and my 6 siblings for everything under the sun. She made a huge impact on so many people. Honored to have known her."

This tribute was added by Heather Hess on 25th January 2016

"Dr Gable was a good Dr she took care of my grandparents.Bert and Ora Necessary and my other grandparents James and Virginia Cummings .and other family members. But I'll never forget she saved my life when I was young.I swallowed a star necklace and it got hung in my throat. She saved me and I'll forever thank her for that.she will be missed by many RIP DR JAN."

This tribute was added by Lesa DiPietro on 25th January 2016

"I really admired Dr. Gable, because she cared so much for my mother who was a  caregiver for my dad almost 30 years. She worry so much about her piece of mine and her health. She was a very caring person  and went above and beyond her call. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. You had a great mother I really missed her after I moved out of the area and she will never be forgotten. I have a magazine with an article about her that I will always cherish"

This tribute was added by Dean & Connie Adams on 25th January 2016

"Our family was so fortunate to have Dr. Gable care for us. She was one of a kind. She was not only our doctor, she was our friend.  We will never forget her. Rest in peace, sweet lady."

This tribute was added by Kaye Hensley on 25th January 2016

"The best doctor ever, you could call her any time, day or night, she would never turn you away. In 1974 my son was 8yrs old and my daughter was 2yrs, she was our Dr. from then until she left, there will never be another one like her. My parents loved her as much as I did.She helped them so much. Heaven has gained a Special Angel.RIP."

This tribute was added by Irma Wilson on 25th January 2016

"Jan was a great Doctor she will be missed  may she rest in the arms of Jesus"

This tribute was added by Linda Davis on 25th January 2016

"She was a great Doctor.She was very good to my family and everyone."

This tribute was added by Tammy Blevins on 25th January 2016

"This wonderful woman was the first Dr I remember taking care of me, whether it was letting my mom rush me to her in the middle of the night because I was too sick to be able to get to the hospital, or making house calls or just in general taking care of me and my Family. She passed away last night and the world will be a much darker place now that she has left it. Rest well Dr Jan Gable. Don't let Wanda Blevins give you too hard of a time on the other side. You will always be in my heart like a beloved family member and for so many families that you cared for you were just like one of the family."

This tribute was added by Ruth Hall on 25th January 2016

"Dr. Jan was such an amazing lady and an awesome asset to the Konnarock Community.  She was a friend to all.  She made a remarkable impact on that small community. Prayers to her family."

This tribute was added by Debbie Barr on 25th January 2016

"Dr.Gable was the best doctor I started going to her in 1974. She was so sweet and would take her time when she was seeing you. We had a lot of laughs together during her time at konnarock. I will have great memories of her.. I will miss her... Rest in peace.. Love you Dr.Gable.."

This tribute was added by John Neaves on 25th January 2016

"Best doctor I ever met. You could tell she really care about you and that meant everything to me. She was a very great lady and a remarkable person."

This tribute was added by Larry Doss on 25th January 2016

"dr gable was one of the sweetest ladies i ever come in contact with she had a heart of gold  and then on top of that one of the smartest best doctors that ever hit the face of this earth loved and seen  by so many of my family  and i can just see mom and dr.gable when they see each other in heaven
love n miss you dr. gable"

This tribute was added by Tammy Morefield on 25th January 2016

"Jan was a wonderful friend & Dr. She had a heart of gold & such a sweet laugh & smile. My family loved her very much & she will be greatly missed & they'll never be a more dedicated Dr. Rip Jan you will be in our hearts forever. Now you're getting your great reward!"

This tribute was added by Teresa Pennington on 25th January 2016

"It was such a pleasure working with Dr. Gable. She was always so lively and upbeat. She was an excellent doctor. They don't make them like her anymore. You will be truly missed."

This tribute was added by Tammy Rutledge Wood on 25th January 2016

"Such a kind hearted spirit and simply the best doctor. Dr. Jan Gable helped my family in so many ways. My thoughts and meditations go out to all of the people this amazing woman touched in her lifetime. I am a far better person having known her."

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