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Susie circa 1998

Susan GADDISAge: 64 years19462011

Name
Susan GADDIS
Married name
Susan McCABE
Birth February 10, 1946
Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Alfred GADDIS
April 9, 1947 (Age 13 months)
Marriage of a parentHerman William GADDISRuth Hesper BRAINARDView this family
November 22, 1950 (Age 4 years)
Death of a motherVera Allene SCOTT
August 18, 1957 (Age 11 years)
Cause: Lung Cancer
Baptism May 25, 1958 (Age 12 years)
Confirmation September 14, 1958 (Age 12 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherClarence Thomas SCOTT
December 30, 1958 (Age 12 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherFrances BOYD
October 16, 1959 (Age 13 years)
Death of a fatherHerman William GADDIS
October 5, 1978 (Age 32 years)
Cause: Cancer of the Phargnx
Aka (Facts Page)
Death January 25, 2011 (Age 64 years) Age: 64
Note: Susan Gaddis McCabe died at the age of 64 at home with her family in San Marcos, Texas on Tuesday, J…
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Marriage: January 24, 1931Wagoner, Wagoner, OK- Tommy GADDIS says that they eloped. Have no proof of this.
Divorce filed: July 13, 1950Corpus Christi, Texas
9 years
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Tom Gaddis In UniformThomas William GADDIS
Birth: September 12, 1939Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas
Death: January 17, 2016Corpus Christi, Nueces Co., TX, USA
6 years
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Susie circa 1998Susan GADDIS
Birth: February 10, 1946Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas
Death: January 25, 2011San Marcos, Hays, Tx
Father’s family with Ruth Hesper BRAINARD - View this family
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Marriage: November 22, 1950Tarrant County, Texas
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Susie circa 1998Susan GADDIS
Birth: February 10, 1946Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas
Death: January 25, 2011San Marcos, Hays, Tx
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Death

Susan Gaddis McCabe died at the age of 64 at home with her family in San Marcos, Texas on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. She faced her cancer diagnosis with bravery, wisdom and grace. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1946 to Dr. Herman Gaddis of Bartlesville, Okla. and Vera Scott of Watonga, Okla., Susie has one brother, Thomas Gaddis of Corpus Christi. She met Thomas McCabe in 1964 in San Marcos where they were both attending Southwest Texas State College. The two married in November 1965 in Brownsville, Texas, and Susie was welcomed into the large McCabe family, becoming a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. She brought a special spirit to family gatherings because of her curiosity, laughter and love of life. She and Tommy lived in College Station and Edinburg, where she earned a Bachelor's of Elementary Education degree from Pan American University in 1976. She taught first grade at St. Matthew's Episcopal School in Edinburg before the family returned to San Marcos in 1980. Susie began her second career in 1983 as the first employee of Ascot Travel in San Marcos where she worked for 15 years. Almost immediately Susie began to travel the world. She especially loved France, Ireland, Italy, Israel and Turkey. Susie's travels fed her hunger for knowledge and a love of the arts, leading her to explore opera and studies in religion and literature through SAGE (Seminars for Adult Growth and Enrichment) at the University of Texas. She saw herself in service to the community, and over the years became a Hospice volunteer, a Master Gardener, President of Hays County Aggie Moms, and a charter member of Habitat for Humanity San Marcos, building six Habitat homes in San Marcos. This last experience sparked the idea to use McCabe labor to build a home for Tommy's mom to move to San Marcos. Tommy and Susie led the construction of the home, which has provided a gathering place for the family for the past ten years. An avid bridge player, Susie met weekly with her bridge club in San Marcos. In addition, Susie and Tommy began to uncover the mysteries of their families' heritage by exploring centuries of genealogy of the McCabe and Gaddis families. Susie's influence on all who loved her cannot be overstated. If you wanted to know the best way to spend an afternoon in London or Dublin or some other far-flung locale, she was the one who would point you to the eclectic, off-the-beaten-path museum that would become your favorite memory of the trip. She'd demonstrate the most effective way to iron a shirt while also describing a Puccini opera. Susie, who converted to Catholicism in the 1990s, taught volumes about spirituality just by patiently coaxing the sound from a Tibetan singing bowl. She was preceded in death by her parents, her maternal grandparents, C.T. Scott and Frances Boyd Scott of Watonga, Okla., and her paternal grandparents, William Gaddis and Maud Mize Gaddis of Bartlesville, Okla. She is survived by her husband, Tommy, son, Scott and wife, Cynthia Kopkowski McCabe, and daughter, Sabine Marie, of College Park, Md.; Kevin and wife, Libba Letton McCabe, and sons, Declan Letton and Liam Letton, of Austin; and Glenn McCabe and son, Seth Francis, of Cypress, Texas. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Tom Gaddis, and wife, Joye, of Corpus Christi, and many nephews and nieces. Services will be held on Friday, January 28, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at H.L. Grant Catholic Student Center in San Marcos. Family friend Father Hayden Vaverek will officiate. Serving as pallbearers are Brian McCabe, Tim McCabe, Joe McCabe, Sam McCabe, Michael Pat McCabe, Casey McCabe, Adam Rodriguez, and John Spellmann Jr. Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday January 27 at Pennington Funeral Home. Interment will be immediately after the Friday service in the San Marcos Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or your local Hospice. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311. Published in Austin American-Statesman on January 27, 2011

Note

Readings from the Funeral Mass of Susan Gaddis McCabe. Catholic Student Center, San Marcos, Tx

First Reading: Eccliastics 3:1-11 Read by Dennis McCabe Second Reading : First letter of John 3:1-2 Read by Diann McCabe Gospel: John 14:1-6

The following were read by Adam Rodriguez, son of Ann McCabe Rodriguez.

The first is a excerpt of a blog entry by Cynthia Kopkowski McCabe, Susie's daughter-in-law.

  Susie's influence on all who loved her - a group limited to everyone who met her - cannot be overstated.                 As a young woman, she had the looks and sparkle of a Texas debutante but went on to live a life of substance and intellectual curiosity that proved she was more than an exceedingly pretty face.                 If you wanted to know the best way to spend an afternoon in London or Dublin, she was the one who would point you to the eclectic, off-the-beaten-path museum that would become your favorite memory of the trip.                 She'd demonstrate the most effective way to iron a shirt while also describing a Puccini opera.                 She taught volumes about spirituality by patiently coaxing the sound from a Tibetan singing bowl.                 For her grandchildren, Grandma Susie will live in stories told around the table and in old film footage in which the beautiful, smiling blond outshines all every time she's in frame.                 She will live in the memories of nature walks, of fantastic bedtime stories, of arms rocking them to sleep while the softest lullaby voice sings "Bah, Bah Black Sheep."         And a poem from Diann McCabe, Susie's sister-in-law, written for the occasion:

For Susie

This morning I could feel The sun making itself known, Affirmed by the songs the birds began to sing, These birds she loved—mockingbirds she’d sing to with, “Hey, Mr. Mockingbird.”   And I remember—

Lying side by side on sleeping bags on our front porch after a Thanksgiving feast, everything clean and returned to its place, laughing in the beautiful light, surrounded by butterflies that came that year. Teaching an impromptu English class in Istanbul to a crowded room full of Iraqi Christian refugees. The map of Texas she had drawn on the board.  Marking the Stations of the Cross with her and Janette Young—outside in a green space, carrying the cross with others, pausing for readings and prayers. And again with Janette, the Stations of the Cross service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.   Meeting her at 5 a.m. outside the Catholic Student Center to put the turkey on for another McCabe Thanksgiving—the time the priest forgot to unlock the door and the bark pieces we threw at Father Bill’s window landed too softly to wake him. Going with her and Tommy and Terry to the Dell Jewish Community Center in Austin to hear Nancy Kenesthen, age 93, give a talk on being a court reporter for the Nuremberg Trials. In Ireland, raising a toast with her, Tommy, Terry, Joe, and Lacey—feeling as though we were in heaven. Reading a short story to her during one of her last treatments in December—feeling as though I was in heaven, feeling so loved.   She understood that if life goes into something, it is good.  She loved the life that goes into things—whether literature, films, crochet, a bridge game, the bloom of a carefully tended rose, a corner angle in building a house, an argument about how to live and how to love, the beautifully sewn pajamas she made for her grandchildren, the crust of a fresh baked pie.

And I remember sitting at her side with Peggy last Saturday late afternoon, the light shining on Susie’s face, and we both noticed how bathed in beauty she was as the sun began to set.  

Adam related two stories about Susie. How she had been one of his mother's caretakers on her deathbed - how it taught him that family comes first - when the family needs you, you come. The second story he related was when he and Susie were in line at the grocery store and Susie paid for the groceries for a stranger who had forgotten her wallet. Adam said the random act of kindness affected him and show how our actions can have an impact in totally unforeseen ways.

Jan 28, 2011 San Marcos,Tx

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Note: (L-R) Liam, Declan, Susie, Sabine, Seth
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