Geneva Abbott McCabe

October 7, 1923 - February 14, 2016
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Geneva A. McCabe, Age 92, died on February 14, 2016 at the Briar Cliff Manor in Middlefield, OH. Born October 7, 1923 in Middleport, OH to George and Lena M. (nee: Barnett) Abbott; She was a resident of Chardon for 34 years, having previously lived in Thompson, Middlefield and Cleveland. Geneva retired from Geauga CountyContinue Reading

Jacqueline McCabe left a message on September 13, 2017:
Geneva married my father, Wilbur J McCabe, September, 1993. He preceded her in death July, 2006. In addition to the survivors are 2 step daughters, myself (Carlsbad, NM) and Nancy Lotz (Lima, Ohio) additional step grandchildren Jennifer Bowman and Billy Porter (Lima, Ohio). She also has 6 additional great grandchildren, Madison, Paityn, Lauren and Aiden (Jennifer's children) and Zoey and Zac (Billy's children). We were unaware of Geneva's passing due to an unfortunate loss of communication after the death of my father. Please accept my most sincere belated sympathies and deepest condolences. Prior to her marriage to my father I recall going to Ohio to visit my Dad and sister and other family and to meet Geneva. I recall waking up in the middle of the night a day or two after we were introduced. My Dad and Gen were awake talking at the kitchen table and asked me to join them as they wanted to ask me something. My Daddy proceeded to ask if I "minded" him and Gen getting married. I was a bit shocked as I was confused they asked MY permission. I turned toward my Dad and told him I had only one question for each of them. I then asked my Dad if he loved Gen, he said he did and I turned toward Gen and asked her if she loved my Dad, she said yes, she did. My response was to tell them if they loved each other and wanted to marry they did not need my "permission" and they had my blessings. I honestly believe my Dad would not have lived as long as he did, had they not married. The first few years were unfortunately filled with Gen suffering several very serious health issues. Through the Grace of God, she rallied back each time and then life settled down until my Dad suffered what I think was a stroke one morning at the kitchen table while Dad was getting ready to go to his new job as a greeter at WalMart. He seemed really happy to be working again, he never did like having a lot of free time. He always wanted to be busy. I don't know why Gen did not call me when Dad was rushed to the hospital. I had to learn about it through the family grapevine. After learning Dad was in the hospital in critical condition I contacted Gen. I made sure she had my phone number and asked her to keep me updated on Daddy's condition as she told me not to take off work and come back to Ohio until she knew more about Daddy's prognosis. I wrote letters and called as often as I could without causing her more stress. I guess I must have upset her somehow as I was not notified of Dad being transferred to a rehab/nursing facility nor did I receive a call when he died. I was told I wasn't wanted at his memorial service and she would be sending his body back to NM anywsy. I truly do not know what I did to make her so upset she denied me the opportunity to say goodbye in person. I tried to keep in contact after Daddy's death to no avail. Whatever I fid, I'm sorry and I really wish I had known then and was able to make ammends. She WAS my step mom and whether she chose to believe it, I did care about her. I loved her and honestly believe if not for her, I would have lost my Daddy years before I did. Thank you Gen, for giving me the extra years and for giving Daddy a reason and purpose to carry on. RIP and thank you for your service to our Country and for loving my Dad.
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