Ruth Anne McCabe - March 9, 2017

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GUILDERLAND – Ruth Anne McCabe passed away gently in her sleep on March 9, 2017 just one day after celebrating her 70th wedding anniversary.  She was born Ruth Anne Lacy on March 16, 1920 to Raymond and Dora Lacy of Livonia, NY.  Ruth Anne, known to her family as “Birdie” for her beautiful singing voice, earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in music from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  She used her singing talents as a soloist at the South Bethlehem and Albany Trinity Methodist churches.

     Ruth Anne was the beloved wife of Robert J. McCabe of Ravena, NY;  dear loving mother to Linda A. McCabe Gardner (Guy), Brian R. McCabe (Lynda), the late Peter L. McCabe and Timothy V. McCabe (Bertie).  Ruth Anne was an amazing grandmother to eleven grandchildren;  Jennifer L. Teems (Scott), Sarah W. Gardner, Jason M. Gardner, Matthew R. McCabe (Christine), Tyson M. McCabe (Lauren), Christopher W. McCabe, J. Lacy McCabe, Erica McCabe, Melanie McCabe, Steven McCabe and Faith McCabe;  and great-grandmother to fourteen great- grandchildren.

     Ruth Anne was a music teacher in the R-C-S Schools for over 20 years and worked for Van Curler Music after her retirement.  She also served the community as a volunteer with her church, Albany Medical Center Hospital, the American Red Cross as well as the Lion’s Club.  She was also known for her delicious homemade jam, amazing molasses cookies and elderberry pies.  Ruth Anne was always a gentle, loving presence full of grace and wisdom.  Her family and friends dearly miss her and will love her forever.

     A memorial service will be held 4 pm on Friday, March 17th at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.  Friends may call at the funeral on Friday prior to the service starting at 2 pm.

     In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider donations in memory of Ruth Anne to the South Bethlehem United Methodist Church 67 Willowbrook Ave., So. Bethlehem, NY 12161 or the American Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.