Miriam Sue Ables Cabana
Miriam Sue Ables Cabana of Hattiesburg passed away on the afternoon of June 20th, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones. A native of Oxford, Mississippi, she was born on July 14, 1946 to loving parents, Charles and Bessie Ables. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church followed by interment in Highland Cemetery.
She earned her Diploma in Nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1967, and soon thereafter joined the Air Force. She proudly served as a Second Lieutenant before joining the US Army Reserves MASH unit as a Captain, from which she was honorably discharged in 1972. She continued her education by graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida in 1981, followed by a Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. In 2012, after two years of study, she earned her post-Master's degree as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, with honors.
Her career as a registered nurse spanned more than 40 years; she served as a nursing supervisor, case manager, clinical care coordinator, and director of nursing for various hospitals and care facilities throughout the United States before turning to education in 1998. She touched countless lives during her 14 years at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she served as the School of Nursing's Learning Resource Center and Clinical Simulation Laboratory Coordinator; her legacy as an educator, advisor, mentor, and friend to both her students and fellow colleagues was her proudest professional accomplishment.
In addition to her work with Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, she became a tireless advocate of breast cancer awareness after her own battle with the disease. She served as a founding member of Southern Survivors and the Paint Southern Miss Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Committee, as well as a board member of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. A lady in every sense of the word, her grace, humor, and compassion encouraged others through their greatest challenges, even as she endured her own.
She is preceded in death by the love and companion of 45 years, Donald Arthur Cabana; her parents; and her parents-in-law, Samuel and Dorothy Cabana.
She will be deeply missed by those she leaves behind: three sons, Scott Cabana, Ashley Cabana, and Christopher Cabana(Kelsey Lopez Cabana); three daughters, Michelle Hillman (Eddie Hillman), Angela Cabana-Allseitz (Steven Allseitz), and Kristin Fitzgerald (Jared Fitzgerald); six grandchildren, Dominic, Brittany, Joshua, Laura, Jackson, and Samuel; and her brother, Charles Ables (Ginny Ables).
Her family wishes to thank Drs. Herrin, Hrom, Bigelow, Buck, and Elkins, and the staff of the UMMC Bone Marrow Unit, and especially those nurses and assistants who treated her with respect, dignity, and love during her final illness, Emily, Amy, Ginger, and Velma.
A Rosary will be said Monday June 23, 2014 at 5 p.m. and visitation will be from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Monday at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.
Moore Funeral Service
805 Hardy Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Published in the Hattiesburg American on June 23, 2014