In memory of
Edith Bradfield McCabe
McCABE Edith Bradfield McCabe born September 7, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois Edith passed quietly in her home in Cincinnati on October 14, 2016. On September 7, 2016 Cincinnati celebrated Edith B. McCabe Day. The proclamation from the mayor detailed her support of the City of Cincinnati and her community by completing more than 70 years of volunteer work for organizations such as the Red Cross Sailing School, GIrl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Tom Geiger House. Also, that she is a joy to be around and has brought happiness to her seven children, friends and the citizens of Cincinnati. During and after WWII she attended Purdue University where she was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. While there she met and later married fellow engineering student Leland J. McCabe. After graduation she worked for the Applied Mechanics Review and the TVA. Edie & Lee had 7 children. They lived in Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and Maryland where Lee was stationed while serving with the Public Health Service. When the Environmental Protection Agency was established, Lee went to work for them at their research facility in Cincinnati. Edie & Lee loved to travel and took their 7 children on many camping trips including their memorable summer long camping trip to Europe in 1972. Edie continued to travel after Lee passed away in 1987, attending many Elderhostel programs including many times to her two favorites: the Fred Waring chorus program at Penn State and The Art of Entertainment: Choral Music Workshop at Purdue University. She also attended several summer Olympic games her favorites, Seoul, and Sydney. She visited more than 85 countries in the course of her life. Edith was a long time member of the Public Health Service Wives Club where she met many long time friends. She was a member various Cincinnati parishes, Guardian Angels parish (where her children attended school), Assumption parish, and currently Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as St. Sebastian of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She and Lee volunteered for more than 20 years for the American Red Cross teaching water safety, canoeing and sailing. Edie was a Girl Scout in Chicago and Girl Scout leader in Cincinnati. She was a long time member of the Sierra Club. She loved singing and was active for many years with the Forest-Aires Women's Chorus, the Broward Women's Chorus and most recently the New England Club Silver Singers. Edith was preceded in death by her husband Leland J. McCabe and her sister, Nancy Lovell. She is survived by her children, Nancy McCabe Hartman (Carl) of Delphi, IN; Maryella McCabe Green (Steve) of Green Cove Springs, FL; Rosalee McCabe O'Neill (Patrick) of New Windsor, NY; Patrick B. McCabe of Cincinnati; Michael C. McCabe of Charlotte, NC; Maggie McCabe Briggs (Dave) of Williamsburg, OH; Helen McCabe Fisher (Greg) of Cincinnati, OH as well as her 6 grandchildren and her 1 great grandchild. The family would like to thank the New England Club for their cheerful hospitality, where she enjoyed the many activities with her new and old friends, and the Hospice of Cincinnati for their loving care of our mother in her final illness. There will be a Celebration of her Life on Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the New England Club, 8135 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45255 in the Upper Lounge. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to the Tom Geiger Guest House, 2634 Melrose Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206. The Tom Geiger Guest House provides permanent housing to homeless families in which a family member has a disability as well as transitional housing along with comprehensive supportive services for victims of domestic violence who are single women or women with children. Edith was on the founding board of the Tom Geiger Guest House.
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