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Carol Todd McCabe

ARLINGTON, VT Carol Todd McCabe passed away peacefully at the age of 83, at her home in West Arlington, Vt., on April 27, 2014, in the company of her family. She was born in Rochester, NY to George L. Todd and Phyllis B. (Hankey) Todd. She grew up in Rochester, NY, New York City, and New London, CT. She attended Lincoln School and Chapin School in New York City, graduated from Vassar College in 1953 and received a Masters in Education from Trinity College (Hartford, CT). She married James T. McCabe in 1954 and they raised their six children in Glastonbury, CT. She was pre-deceased by her brother Christopher Todd, and is survived by her half-sister Marian S. Todd of Casco, ME, her husband James T. McCabe, six children, James C. (Susan) McCabe of Dearborn, MI, Melissa E. (Terence) Burke of Andover, MA, William A. (Ina) McCabe of Winchester, MA, Laurie E. (Peter) Ling of Croton, NY, Thomas M. (Jacqueline) McCabe of Lee, NH, Sarah E. (James) Tasse of Cape Elizabeth, ME and ten grandchildren, Susan E. (Betsy) McCabe, Patrick T. Burke, Christopher J. Burke, Brendan F. Burke, Cameron J. (C.J.) Burke, Anna S. McCabe, Benjamin J. Ling, Eleanor G. Ling, Hannah E. McCabe and Owen J. McCabe. Her life was marked by an intense devotion to her children and grandchildren, combining deep love, care and affection with the encouragement of exploration and discovery. An avid reader and life-long learner, she supported reading, education, travel, and other activities to create a fertile environment for growth and development. As her children reached adulthood, her nurturing instinct turned to Morgan horses, and she raised seven horses and managed barn space for many more. She developed considerable expertise in understanding the care and nutrition of horses, focusing on insulin resistance and Cushings Disease and worked with the veterinary community to develop solutions. Although she spent much of her later life struggling with a chronic disease that limited her ability to move or communicate, her will and her love for those around her transcended those limitations, and her strength lives on in those that knew and loved her. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held on the family farm in the summer. Memorial gifts may be made to the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, VT c/o Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home P.O. Box 528 Arlington, VT 05250.


Published in Bennington Banner on May 2, 2014
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