Marie Elizabeth (Fox) McCabe passed away in the early morning hours of October 18, 2012 after a brief hospitalization for pneumonia. She was born at the Iowa family farm November 4, 1916, the first daughter and third of seven children born to Peter and Clara Fox. She attended elementary school in a rural one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Riceville High School in 1932. She taught at the same rural schoolhouse for several years prior to attending business school and working as a secretary. In 1941 Marie moved to Los Angeles where she worked at MGM studios during the war, eventually becoming the personal secretary to a screenwriter and playwright. In 1950 she married Millard Francis McCabe who preceded her in death. Marie had a 24-year career as an executive secretary at Northrop Corporation and enjoyed her 35-year retirement which included 25 years of volunteer work at Little Company of Mary Hospital. She loved Jeopardy, the Dodgers, traveling, her friends and family. She is survived by her three children Debbie (Dave) Musser, John McCabe and Kathy (Don) Drissel, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, a sister Margaret (Hollis) Brownlee, as well as 35 nieces and nephews. A memorial service and reception will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday, November 2, at 11am (5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marie's memory to the Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation (4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA 90503). Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. I have been praying for the peace and comfort of Marie’s children, Debbie, John, and Kathy. I know they loved their mother very much. She was a special lady and raised great children. I commend Marie for having volunteered at Little Company of Mary for all those years. I enjoyed reading her obit-bio. I knew about some of the things she did but didn’t realize how remarkable and interesting her life was. Marie was a blessed woman! It is my honor to be a good friend of Kathy’s.
    Alice Rafidi
    Huntington Beach, CA

  2. Marie is at last in peace. What a great person…raising her three children to be strong and accomplished, and giving back to her community after her retirement from Northrop, and being a lasting support to her family. I only met her once, but it was my privilege to do so. I know Kathy, Debbie and John will miss her guidance and love forever. Gwen Brock

  3. just saw the note of Marie’s passing. I was jolted back to those wonderful days on Elgar Ave – our three families (Jackson/McCabe/Cunningham) bouncing from house to house – always feeling welcomed and loved wherever we landed (even when we were told to “go outside”). Christmas Eve was at Marie’s. It started with our parents. Mom tells the story that after we kids were all tucked into bed and asleep, Shirley and Skip, my mom and dad, would quietly leave our houses to share a cocktail and solitude at Marie’s before the chaos of Christmas morning hit – and it was chaos! Those Christmas Eve’s became the unity of three families – sharing love, happiness and lemon bars. Thank you Marie for being a part of my wonderful, wonderful childhood.
    Pam Jackson

  4. Our sincere condolences to the McCabe family. We are sadden to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in the love and memories shared together and with the words at John 5:28,29.

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