St. Gabriel’s employee dies in car accident

By Gabby LandsverkStaff Writer

Debra Noble
Debra Noble

Long Prairie resident Deb Noble, 60, was killed Nov. 21 in a head-on collision with another car on Highway 27 and Bison Road, near Swanville.

Noble had been employed for more than 25 years as the business manager at St Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, Noble was driving east on Hihghway 27 when a pickup heading in the opposite direction crossed the center line and struck her car. The report indicates road conditions were normal at the time of the accident.

Noble was on her way to work at the time of the collision, said Patrick Rioux, manager of communications at St. Gabriel’s Hospital.

“She was about as good of a person as you can possibly imagine,” Rioux said. “She was so dedicated to her work here.”

Noble’s supervisor, Chief Financial Officer Steve Smith, echoed Rioux’s remarks about her dedication and kindness.

“She was a very caring person and wanted to help others out any way she could, whether that was co-workers or patients,” Smith said.

The driver of the vehicle that collided with Noble’s was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Noble’s funeral was held Tuesday, at the St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Long Prairie. She is survived by her husband, Russell, and her son, Mitchell.