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Eleanor (Sico) Crume McCabe, age 92, of Springfield, passed away at 3:35 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013 at the Palliative Care Unit of Baptist East Hospital in Louisville.
Eleanor was born on Mar. 20, 1921 to the late Mary Trent and Dorchester Burr Crume in Springfield. Because of her father's business, the family also lived briefly in Bloomfield, Bardstown and Campbellsville. After the death of her mother in 1931, Eleanor was reared by her grandmother and step-grandfather, Ora and Norris Montgomery.
She graduated from Springfield High School in 1940 and moved to Louisville where she graduated from Bryant Stratton Business College, now Sullivan University.
Upon graduation, she worked for three years at Hillerich and Bradsby. From there, she went to work at Girdler and Tube Turns.
In 1946, she married her former high school history teacher, John T. McCabe, and they made their home in Springfield, where, at the time, he was still teaching. He later became associated with The Springfield State Bank. In 1954, the superintendent of Springfield High School (presently Washington County High School) asked Eleanor to be the first secretary/treasurer of the school. She accepted the job, telling him she would take it until he could find someone else. Thirty-eight years later, she retired from that position.
As a young mother, Eleanor joined a dinner-bridge club in Springfield. The 12 ladies played bridge together once a month for over 50 years. She was a member of the Springfield Woman's Club, as well as a past president and treasurer. She served as secretary/treasurer of the Women's Missionary Guild at Springfield Christian Church for many years and also taught the high school girl's Sunday school class. Most recently, she was a founding member of Cornerstone Christian Church in Springfield.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, John T. McCabe on May 15, 1969; her parents; and her brother, Leon T. (Skip) Crume. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Margaret McCabe of Louisville.
The service for Mrs. McCabe was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Apr. 4 at the Cornerstone Christian Church with Bro. Warren Whitaker, the church minister, officiating. He was assisted by Bro. Sherwood Evans and Bro. Larry A. (Fella) Wilson, both former ministers of the Springfield Christian Church. Burial was on Cemetery Hill.
Serving as pallbearers were Tim King, Sonny Fentress, Bill Hardin, Jimmie Reed, William W. (Corky) Yankey and David DeSpain.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the building fund of Cornerstone Christian Church.
Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Carey & Son Funeral Home
216 East Main Street Springfield, KY 40069
Published in The Springfield Sun on Apr. 10, 2013