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Edna GANN McCabe Circa 1937

Edna GANNAge: 101 years19182019

Name
Edna GANN
Married name
Edna McCABE
Source: S01650
Birth February 9, 1918 28 26
Birth of a brotherHoward James “Pete” GANN
1923 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherRobert Wilton GANN
January 1, 1926 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a sisterAlta Ruth GANN
April 2, 1929 (Age 11 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Allen GANN
December 21, 1937 (Age 19 years)
Death of a sisterOpal Mae GANN
July 23, 1939 (Age 21 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherWilliam Joseph MAGEE
May 14, 1941 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a son
#1
Philip Sheen McCABE
December 12, 1941 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Donna Christine McCABE
October 17, 1946 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3
Ann Rita McCABE
July 23, 1949 (Age 31 years)
Death of a brotherHerman Taft GANN
December 26, 1965 (Age 47 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherMary Melisse Caroline BENNETT
May 25, 1967 (Age 49 years)

Death of a fatherThomas Floyd GANN
August 26, 1970 (Age 52 years)
Death of a motherAlta MAGEE
August 15, 1973 (Age 55 years)
Burial of a motherAlta MAGEE
August 18, 1973 (Age 55 years)
Death of a brotherFloyd William GANN
April 9, 1976 (Age 58 years)
Death of a husbandVincent Lawrence McCABE
October 27, 1981 (Age 63 years)
Burial of a husbandVincent Lawrence McCABE
October 29, 1981 (Age 63 years)
Death of a daughterDonna Christine McCABE
November 22, 1988 (Age 70 years)
Death of a daughterAnn Rita McCABE
April 18, 1992 (Age 74 years)
Death of a sisterAlta Ruth GANN
June 16, 1993 (Age 75 years)
Cause: Complications after several operations following car wreck
Death of a brotherHoward James “Pete” GANN
July 14, 1997 (Age 79 years)
Note: Obituary from findagrave:
Death of a sonPhilip Sheen McCABE
December 5, 2003 (Age 85 years)
Note: PHILIP SHEEN McCABE
Burial of a sonPhilip Sheen McCABE
December 10, 2003 (Age 85 years)
Death of a sisterMary Jane GANN
April 6, 2009 (Age 91 years)
Cause: Stroke
Note: Obituary from Brownwville Herald:
Death of a brotherRobert Wilton GANN
October 18, 2009 (Age 91 years)
Event
100th Birthday
February 10, 2018 (Age 100 years)
Note: Edna Gann McCabe Celebrates her 100th Birthday
Death September 6, 2019 (Age 101 years) Age: 101
Address: At her home.
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Philip As Young ManPhilip Sheen McCABE
Birth: December 12, 1941 29 23Rio Hondo, Cameron, Tx
Death: December 5, 2003San Marcos, Hays, Tx
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Donna McCabe - A Young GirlDonna Christine McCABE
Birth: October 17, 1946 34 28Harlingen, Cameron Co., TX, USA
Death: November 22, 1988Houston, Harris, Texas
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Ann Rita as a young schoolgirlAnn Rita McCABE
Birth: July 23, 1949 37 31Brownsville, Cameron, Texas
Death: April 18, 1992Brownsville, TX
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Event

Edna Gann McCabe Celebrates her 100th Birthday

Local resident, Edna “Tootsie” Gann McCabe, celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends recently. Born February 9, 1918 in Porter, Oklahoma to Alta and Thomas Gann, her family moved to South Texas soon after she was born. The fifth child of nine, she grew up on her parents’ potato farm in the Rio Grande Valley, loving sports, dancing to big band era music, and working alongside her siblings.

She remembers when her mother Alta talked about women gaining the right to vote in 1920, emphasizing that women should never miss an opportunity to vote—especially for women candidates - a message that has had a great impact throughout Edna’s life.

Edna experienced the tumultuous events of the twentieth century through the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Four of her five brothers served in Europe and the Pacific in WWII. One son served in Viet Nam. And in the twenty-first century, two of her grandchildren served in Iraq.

She married Vincent McCabe in 1939 and they raised nine children in the Rio Grande Valley, including Michael, Philip, Dennis, Tom, Donna, Terry, Ann, Peggy, and Jimmy. Vin was a longshoreman and an active member of the International Longshoreman’s Association. Edna supported Vin's career by actively participating in the ILA Ladies Auxilary which assisted ILA families in need and sponsored family socials.

In addition, Edna and Vin made a home in Brownsville where all children, relatives and neighbors felt welcomed and accepted. Both Edna and Vin stressed the value of learning to their children such that each one earned a degree, and three earned PhD’s. Seven of her children became educators.

Edna remains a favorite aunt and neighbor, always taking the time to make others feel appreciated. Grandmother to 13 and great-grandmother to 19, Edna finds great joy in being with children.

She left Brownsville in 2001 after living there 52 years to make her home in San Marcos where five of her children have lived nearby. Moving into the house her children and grandchildren worked together to build for her, she has made a warm home and welcomes the chance to stay close to loved ones through regular phone calls and visits to her home.

When Edna was asked to what she attributes her longevity, she replied, "life is worth living –and having experiences together, creating memories, makes it so.”

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Note: Back: Donna McCABE Bazar, Edna GANN McCabe, Ann McCABE Rodriguez
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