CHAMPAIGN – Elizabeth “Bette” McCabe, 89, died Sunday morning (December 5, 2021) at her home.
There will be a visitation on Thursday, December 9 at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 403 W. Clark Street, Champaign. Interment will be held at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Nauvoo on Friday December 10 at noon.
Bette was born on December 26, 193 in Nauvoo, only daughter of Lloyd and Edna (Schmitz) Hotz. In 1957, she married Donnell McCabe in Gibson City and together they had six children.
She is survived by her six 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; one grandson, Tyler (Katy) Schaffer of Champaign; her brother, Butch (Donna) Hixson of Elliott; beloved cousin, Cindy Cullen Chapman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who was like a sister; and two great-grandchildren, Maddi and Mason Schaffer of Champaign.
Bette was predeceased by her husband in 1980.
Bette was a longtime member of the 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 were also members of 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, Iowa, then moved to Sacramento, California for many years before returning to Illinois to work at Chanute Air. Force Base, where she met her. husband. Bette was a skilled housewife and a culinary artist. She has also been a local business owner of McCabe Brother’s Construction and Tool Rental for over 60 years.