Wanda A. McCabe

Apr 20th, 1929 - Jan 15th, 2019


St. Joseph Catholic Church

Mon, Jan. 21st, 2019 9:00AM ~ 11:00AM


St. Joseph Catholic Church

Mon, Jan. 21st, 2019 11:00 AM


Rose Hill Cemetery

Mon, Jan. 21st, 2019 12:00 PM

Wanda A. McCabe

Creal Springs- Wanda A. McCabe, age 89, of Creal Springs, passed away at 12:25am on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Wanda was born in Harrisburg on April 20, 1929, the daughter of James B. and Clara Agnes (Speaks) Hancock.  She married Allan L. McCabe on August 16, 1958 in Marion at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Together, they have shared sixty years of marriage. He survives in Marion.

Mrs. McCabe was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marion, where she was also a member of the church auxiliary. She was a graduate of Marion High School and Southern Illinois University, receiving her Bachelor and Master degrees in education.  Prior to her retirement, Wanda worked as a school teacher, beginning her teaching career in 1951.  She was a member of the Marion Senior Citizens Center, the Marion Garden Club, and the Women’s Committee of the Williamson County Farm Bureau. Wanda was deservingly named Farm Wife Woman of the Year in 1977.

Survivors include her loving husband- Allan L. McCabe of Marion

Brother- Delmar and wife Docia Hancock of Dwight

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother- Forrest Hancock.

The Funeral Mass will be Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion with Father Brian Barker, Father Richard Mohr and Father Tom Barrett officiating. Entombment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 am until the time of service at the church. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph Church Building Fund.  Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N. Market Street; Marion, IL 62959.



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22 Guestbook Messages


    From: Carrier Mills, Illinois

    Date: January 16, 2019

    Alan, please know that I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Jerry Pulley

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 16, 2019

    What a wonderful lady she was, and an even better teacher. We will all miss her, but know that God will keep her always!

  • Guest: George (Raymond) Bennett

    From: Gallatin , Tennessee

    Date: January 16, 2019

    Wanda and Allen had the farm next to my grandfather. Growing up, they were like family to me. Though she wasn’t actually my aunt, she will always be “Aunt Wanda” to me. She was a great lady.

  • Guest: Beverly McCabe

    From: Creal Springs, Illinois

    Date: January 16, 2019

    Praying for you during this difficult time. Wanda was a wonderful lady who touched and inspired the lives of many.
    Prayers and hugs, Beverly



    Date: January 16, 2019


  • Guest: Judy Hampton

    From: Energy, Illinois

    Date: January 16, 2019

    Allen, I am so sorry to hear of Wanda’s passing. Please know that you will be in my prayers and thoughts. She was a lovely lady. May the beautiful memories you shared comfort you. Peace be with you.

  • Guest: Ron “Pokey” Miller

    From: Naples , Florida

    Date: January 16, 2019

    Mrs McCabe was one of my favorite teachers of all time. Along with Carl Manier, she taught me to love science and test my boundaries. Thank you Ma’am.

  • Guest: Kimberly ( Turner ) Moore

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: January 16, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. McCabe. She was one of our favorite teachers and she touched so many kids lives. My condolences to her family.

  • Guest: Neil and Karen Saffelder

    From: Creal Springs, Illinois

    Date: January 16, 2019

    Wanda was a beautiful person. A real Sweetie. Allan please take comfort in knowing that you’ll be together again one day. We will look forward to seeing her in Heaven. Rest In Peace Mama. We love you both.

  • Guest: Alan H Fox

    From: Wilmington, Illinois

    Date: January 18, 2019

    Sorry to hear of Mrs. McCabe passing. She was my Science teacher my freshman year in H.S. I am sure that I made her wish I had taken Biology instead of Science. She was certainly a patient person. Her encouragement pointed me to a teaching career in Science also.

    I was told that my mother, Freda (Hartley) Fox and she were cousins but I never knew the exact family pathway.

    My prayer is that God grant the gift of peace to Mr. McCabe.

  • Guest: Wally Austin

    From: El Paso, Texas

    Date: January 18, 2019

    Great teacher and Class of 1983 sponsor. I had her my freshman year for biology. She was so kind and patient with her students. My thoughts, prayers and sympathy to the family.

  • Guest: Lisa Hankins Swan

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 18, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. Mrs. McCabe was my 9th Grade Science teacher and an amazing teacher. Prayers for your family for the days ahead.

  • Guest: Barbara Youngblood Davis

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 19, 2019

    So sorry for your lose. Wanda was a sweet lady. I always had fun visiting with her.

  • Guest: Harold James, DVM

    From: Buncombe, Illinois

    Date: January 19, 2019

    Always enjoyed making farm calls to McCabe Angus Farm. Wanda always made me feel welcome and was great help when needed working with the livestock. Also enjoyed visiting with Allan and her at the cattle meetings. Thank you Wanda! You will be missed.

  • Guest: Everett B Hancock

    From: Portland, Oregon

    Date: January 19, 2019

    I remember serving as an usher at Wand’s wedding. She was very special. My most sincer sympathies to Delmar and Docia.

  • Guest: Deborah Dawes Griffith

    From: West Frankfort , Illinois

    Date: January 20, 2019

    Mrs Mc Cabe was my teacher. I have thought about her often over the years. Prayers for peace and comfort. Deborah Dawes Griffith

  • Guest: Sherry Evrard

    From: Pittsburg, Illinois

    Date: January 21, 2019

    I enjoy talking to her at the Mule Club. I also had her as a teacher. She was a fine woman. I’m so sorry. May God bless you.

  • Guest: Wayne Dunn

    From: Cypress , Illinois

    Date: January 21, 2019

    I always enjoyed working with Wanda, because she was so vivacious. I know she was an excellent teacher

  • Guest: Roger Stilley

    From: , Illinois

    Date: January 21, 2019

    I just heard of your loss. You are in our prayers.

  • Guest: Marie Kerr Emery

    From: Vienna, Illinois

    Date: January 24, 2019

    I believe my mother Joan Crawford Kerr was friends with Wanda in years past. I heard her speak fondly of her. God bless her and keep her.


    From: MARION, Illinois

    Date: January 27, 2019

    Allan wants to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. Wanda was a great leader and teacher and will be missed.

  • Guest: Jennifer Anne (McCabe) Weidner

    From: Dieterich , Illinois

    Date: December 27, 2019


    I’m your cousin Albert’s 3rd oldest grandchild. Grandpa fondly talked about you. My daughter and I come to Marion often and she has benefited indirectly from yours/Wanda’s donation to the Cultural Arts Center. Thank you for being supportive of the arts. I’m sorry for your loss. I’ve heard from several Marion friends of the kindness both of you shared over the years. May Wanda’s legacy live on.