Elizabeth 'Bette' McCabe

December 26, 1931 ~ December 5, 2021 (age 89)


Elizabeth ‘Bette’ McCabe, 89, died on the morning of Sunday, December 5, 2021 at home.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, December 9 at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St, Champaign, from 8:45-9:45 am followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 403 W. Clark, Champaign. Burial will be at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Nauvoo, IL on Friday, December 10 at 12:00 pm.

Bette was born on December 26, 1931 in Nauvoo, IL, the only daughter of Lloyd and Edna (Schmitz) Hotz. In 1957 she married Donnell McCabe in Gibson City and together they had 6 children.

She is survived by her 6 children: Sandra McCabe of Savoy, Kevin McCabe of Urbana, Kenda McCabe of Champaign, Kim McCabe of Louisville, KY, Mark McCabe of Champaign, and Angela (Frank) Holcomb of Champaign; 1 grandson, Tyler (Katy) Schaffer of Champaign, her brother, Butch (Donna) Hixson of Elliott and beloved cousin Cindy Cullen Chapman of Cedar Rapids, IA, who was like a sister, and two great grandchildren, Maddi and Mason Schaffer of Champaign. Bette was preceded in death by her husband in 1980.

Bette was a longtime member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. She was actively involved in the Catholic community as a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Champaign County YMCA. She and her husband also belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the Moose Club and spent many memorable evenings there with friends.

Early in her career Bette worked at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP) in Burlington, IA, then she moved to Sacramento, CA for many years before she returned to Illinois to work at Chanute Air Force Base where she met her husband.  Bette was a skilled homemaker, and culinary artist.  She was also a local business owner of McCabe Brother’s Construction and Tool Rental for over sixty years.

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December 9, 2021

8:45 AM to 9:45 AM
Owens Funeral Home
101 North Elm Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Funeral Mass
December 9, 2021

10:00 AM
Holy Cross Catholic Church (Champaign)


American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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