Maxine M. McCabria

Funeral services for Maxine Mae McCabria, 84, Eudora, KS will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel. Maxine passed in her sleep on December 21, 2014, at Medicalodges Eudora.

She was born January 16, 1930, in Lawrence, KS, the daughter of Ray and Ruby (Kowing) Miller. She married Jack L. McCabria on June 8, 1957 in Eudora, KS. He preceded her in death on March 24, 2007.

Maxine was a 1948 graduate of Eudora High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1952. Upon graduation, she moved to Iowa to start her work as a dietician while attending the University of Iowa. After receiving her Master’s degree in 1954, she returned to Kansas where she worked and taught at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1955 until 1960.

She and Jack moved to Ohio in 1960. While staying active and involved as a mother in the lives of her children, she continued her teaching career as part of the nursing curriculum at what is now known as Rhodes State College. She later developed and served as director of the dietetic technician program at the college. She received constant praise from her students for her approachable and earnest style.

Retiring in 1991, she and Jack returned to live on her family in Eudora. They enjoyed resuming life on the farm, rekindling old friendships and being part of the Eudora/Douglas County community.

Since retiring, Maxine stayed active in numerous civic and social groups. She was for many years president of the Eudora 1900 and Now Club, a member and officer of the Lawrence AARP, she was involved with Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and active in various Lawrence bridge clubs. She and Jack were also involved with the Eudora Historical Society, and members of the United Church of Christ in Eudora.

In the last couple of years, she continued to be active in managing the farm and actively spoiling her two Chihuahuas.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynette Weis (Doug) Knoxville, IL; Janelle McCabria, of the home; son, James McCabria, Eudora, KS; sister, Judy Meiergerd (Don), Wichita, KS; 3 grandchildren, Bryan, Justin and Jackie Weis.

The family will greet friends Friday, December 26, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary- Eudora Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Paul United Church of Christ or Cottonwood Industries and may be sent in care of the mortuary.



9 Condolences

  1. Sally Dillon on December 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Maxine was a sweet and kind woman who loved her children with all of her being….She will be very missed by all that knew her…Sending prayers to all of the family…God bless you all…

  2. Linda Lesher Staley on December 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Dear Lynette, Jim, and Janelle: I was so saddened to read of your Mother’s passing in the Lima News this morning. I understand now why I hadn’t received her lovely, annual Christmas card this year. I had the privilege of working with her for numerous years ar Rhodes State College where she was loved by her students and colleagues. She is resting in peace now with her dear Jack. I know you will miss her…cherish your wonderful memories! My prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless.

  3. Shelly Caudill on December 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

    As a student of Maxine’s at Lima Technical College now Rhodes State . I was a recipient of her kindness & willingness to help a student succeed.
    She took the time to help myself and a few other students when we struggled with material. Maxine was always available to her students past & present.
    She shared many stories of her family and cooking secrets to help a newly married student with preparing meals.
    May her light continue to shine. God Bless.

  4. Susan Eldridge Weeks on December 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Dear Family, Maxine and I shared an office at Rhodes State. She was an amazing woman, friend and professor. My condolences to you. She influenced many students’ lives. I cherish the memories I have with her. Susan Eldridge Weeks

  5. Michelle (Hullinger) Hawk on December 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I was part of Maxine’s start up of the Dietetic Technician program at Rhodes (Lima Technical College) State. She was larger then life and was a great teacher and mentor. She was always there to encourage us and give us the confidence to go forward in our studies and career.

    My thoughts and prayers go to her family. May those above welcome you, Maxine, with open arms.

  6. David Anderson on December 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Jim: Very sorry for your loss. Hang in there.

  7. Mike and Cindy Fox on December 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Jim,Lynette and Janelle, Saddened to hear of your mothers passing. Mike and I have many wonderful memories from your years in Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  8. Bryan J Brown on December 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I knew Mrs. McCabria only through the son that she raised, James. Her virtues and values are well displayed in the outcome of that lifelong project. May she find eternal rest in the Kingdom of our Risen Lord, alongside the husband she much loved in this life. Prayers for peace and spiritual comfort for the family, and especially Sis Janelle.

  9. B.M. on December 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Sorry to the family and friends for your loss of Mrs. McCabria. May you find comfort in God’s word during this time and be able to cope- Rev. 21:3-4

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