Mary E. McCabe

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 5:14 pm

Mary E. McCabe, 66, of Waukon, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Memorial services are Thursday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial is at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon. Friends greeted the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there was a 3:30 p.m. scripture service. Honorary casket bearers are Eric, Ryan, Brady, Justin, Audra, Kramer, and Noah Dixon, Josh Wuennecke, Blake, Abby, Levi, Carly, and Alice Dixon, and Molly and Callie Shea.

Mary Ellen McCabe was born March 12, 1951, at the hospital in Waukon, the daughter of William Peter and Helen Jeannette (Waters) Dixon. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Waukon June 6, 1969, and received her diploma in general clerical from Northeast Area One in Calmar May 24, 1970. She married Jerry Lee McCabe March 19, 1994. She was very devoted to and passionate about caring for others, which was reflected in her choice of career. Besides being a certified home care aide for 27 years for Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Mary ran her own in-home daycare for many years.

Mary was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. She loved baking and cooking and would help her mother cook at the sale barn café. Mary also enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers. Family was a priority for her and she loved family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren. She had a little comment for everything and everyone who met her was subjected to her quick wit.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry of Waukon; son, Troy (Christine) Dixon of Decorah and their children Jordyn, Lucas, Max, Isaac, Chloe, Gabbi, Gavin and Claudia; daughter, Tara (Matt Pemble) Dixon of Coralville and their children Stella, Mykenzi, Kierstyn, Gavyn, and Ayva; and her siblings: Joseph (Andrea) Dixon, William Jr. (Joyce) Dixon, Rita (Mike Schrandt) Dixon, Jim Dixon, Tom Dixon, Kelley (Alan) Wuennecke, Kevin (Jenny) Dixon, Shawn (Sondra) Dixon, Colleen Dixon, and Kerry (Shelly) Dixon.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother John.
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