Local celebrates 100th Birthday

Local resident Edna McCabe celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 9. McCabe moved to San Marcos in 2001 to be with family. PHOTO COURTESY OF DIANN MCCABE

Local resident, Edna “Tootsie” Gann McCabe, celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends last Saturday.

Born Feb. 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 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 McCabe’s life.

McCabe experienced the tumultuous events of the 20th 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 Vietnam. And in the 21st 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 McCabe. Vincent was a longshoreman and an active member of the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA). McCabe has supported her husband's career by actively participating in the ILA Ladies Auxiliary, which assists ILA families in need and sponsors family socials.

McCabe and her husband made a home in Brownsville where all children, relatives and neighbors felt welcomed and accepted. The McCabes stressed the value of learning to their children, such that each one earned a degree, and three earned PhDs. Seven of her children became educators.

McCabe remains a favorite aunt and neighbor, always taking the time to make others feel appreciated. Grandmother to 13 and great-grandmother to 19, McCabe 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 McCabe 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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