Mary Jo McCabe, age 66, of Holcombe, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, surrounded by her family at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Eau Claire.
Mary Jo was born on March 4, 1952, in Ladysmith, one of nine children born to the late James and Alma (Hanson) McCabe. She graduated from Glen Flora High School in Tony, with the Class of 1970. She was a free spirit, and in 1972 she hitchhiked from Wisconsin to Phoenix, Ariz., where she met her ex-husband, Donald Adams. She obtained her bachelor of arts in fine arts in the 1980s from Mt. Senario College in Ladysmith. In 1994, she got her master’s degree from UW-Stout in guidance and counseling. She worked as an LPN in Phoenix and in Ladysmith, where she took care of her grandmother, Mary McCabe.
Mary Jo was a member of the Disabled and Elderly Transportation Board, West-Central Domestic Abuse Board and the Red Cedar Trail Board. She made many connections with the Hmong community through her work with Literacy Volunteers.
Mary Jo did not let her physical disability limit her. Her tenacity, perseverance, and drive inspired every person she met. Her grandchildren were extremely important to her.
Mary Jo was a valiant woman, determined not to succumb to an illness that left her body so despoiled. I never felt an attitude of self-pity in her, nor a surrender of her aspirations. This past summer she invited friends to a celebration of life, a noble and inspiring affirmation from one so badly afflicted.
She is survived by her children, Heather Adams of Wyoming, formerly of Menomonie, and Christopher Magyar of Eau Claire; her grandchildren, Amelia Kadinger, Joseph Kadinger, Samuel Kadinger and Noah Kadinger; her sisters, Kate McCabe, Julie (Tony) Hauser, Maurine McCabe, Meg (Craig) McCabe-Schultz, Phyllis (Jim) Palmer and Elis (Brian) Long; her brothers, Larry (Pam) McCabe and Dave (Mel) McCabe and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandmother, Mary McCabe.
Mary Jo had very loving children. Christopher never left her side throughout her stay at the hospital, and Heather and her children traveled great distances to see her before she passed. Her siblings and extended family were also with her during her time in the hospital.
The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Health Systems CCU Staff for their tremendous support and understanding throughout Mary Jo’s stay.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 420 Wilson Ave, Menonomie, with Pastor Kathleen Remund officiating. A visitation will be held at 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
A burial will take place at a later date in Conrath.
Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.lenmarkfh.com