Obituaries: Mary Lou McCabe

Mary Lou McCabe

Mary Lou McCabe, age 92, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2022.  One of 2 children (1 sister Judy), Mary Lou was born in Panama City (Republic of Panama) to Viola Christena and Alfred Mohr and grew up in the Canal Zone.  Mary Lou graduated from Balboa High School on the Pacific side of the Isthmus.  She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a degree in Comparative Literature.  Mary Lou worked as a secretary for six years until her marriage to Chet McCabe, a physicist and native of Vermont.

Mary Lou and Chet raised 2 children, and during those years Mary Lou was active in the League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, and Altar Guild.  She worked at the Ashland Nature Center of Delaware Nature Society where she assisted in the publication of two books, one on native wildflowers.  During her 60’s and 70’s, Mary Lou taught poetry appreciation classes for 21 semesters at the University of Delaware’s Academy of Lifelong Learning.

Mary Lou’s beloved husband, Chester McCabe, passed away on June 12, 2022.  Mary Lou is survived by her son Schuyler McCabe, daughter Christena McCabe, grandchildren Collin, Cameron, Andrew, Connor, Kyle, Claira, and great granddaughters Cecilia and Malone. The family is forever grateful for the team at Willow Tree Hospice for their excellent care of Mary Lou in her final days.

A memorial service will be held on December 3, 2022 at 2:00pm at the Allison Building at Jenner’s Pond, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390. Parking will be available in spaces not labeled for residents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations can be made in Mary Lou’s honor to: Delaware Nature Society: or Willow Tree Hospice:

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