OBITUARY

Priscilla Ann Cadenhead McCord

August 31, 1942February 7, 2019
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Polio constantly tried, but never fully succeeded, to ground Priscilla Ann McCord throughout her 76 years of life. She passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, February 7, 2019 when "her body finally decided to rest," her youngest son, Robert Yager of Pelham, Alabama, said.

Ann was struck by polio when she was only eight months old. Treatment in those days consisted of keeping her strapped to a metal frame at home. She was released from the frame twice a day and her affected limbs, both legs, soaked in hot water.

At one year old, the Birmingham, Alabama native gained her first set of leg braces and crutches specially made by her wood-working father. Family members say those braces and crutches were like rocket engines. They propelled the high-spirited youngster into a long career of investing herself in the lives of others. She seized every opportunity to energetically and fearlessly advocate for a variety of causes, including the March of Dimes and Children's Hospital of Alabama.

A local newspaper article published when Ann was 11 refers to her as "a one-girl campaign committee for the March of Dimes." Going it alone for the first time, she went door to door in her neighborhood with "only her crutches and a flashing smile," the article reports. She collected more than $2 in dimes, no small feat for a child but typical of Ann, in only a couple of hours one day. She was already planning her fund-raising crusades for the next two days in adjoining neighborhoods.

Her family says everything that Ann set her mind on became a crusade - nurturing hers and her husband Fred's marriage of 20 years, raising two children, and tending to her parents and other ailing family members' medical needs.

"She raised me and my brother almost single-handedly, and that speaks volumes," said son Robert. "Up until a few years ago, she insisted on helping wash the dishes, clean up, and help make the beds."

Ann was predeceased by her husband; her parents, Robert Ivey Cadenhead and Elizabeth Clark Cadenhead; and one sister, Judy Cadenhead. Survivors include sons, Phillip Allen Yager and Robert Andrew Yager (Christine Upton); one brother, Robert Chalmers Cadenhead; nine grandchildren, Phillip East (Leah), Trent Yager, Marcus Yager, Beth McCain, Cheyann Yager (fiancé, Gage Cain), Chadwick Hennig (Angel), Sgt. Christopher J. Upton (Catrina), Beth Upton, and Pvt. Ian P. Upton; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, immediately followed by A Celebration of Ann's Life at 11 a.m. at the funeral home's chapel. Burial will be at Adger Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • A Celebration of Priscilla McCord's Life Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Priscilla Ann Cadenhead McCord

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Christine Upton

February 20, 2019

Priscilla, eventhough you will never see this, I can only hope that you know just what a blessing you've been over the years. Yes, there have been times of absolute frustration, but also laughter & even tears ~ Now, more than ever, I've come to understand & know myself even more because of your part in my life. Thank you for allowing me to be included in yours ~ Just know that I'm so very thankful to have been blessed to have you in my life ♡ I love you♡

To anyone else reading this, I hope & pray that you don’t allow your pride, anger or malice to ever be the cause for you to wait to tell your loved ones that you love & care about them. Be sure that you take advantage of the few precious moments you are blessed with to let them know just how much you appreciate everything they've done for you & that you’re sorry for things you may have done in the past, because before you know it, that moment will have passed ~

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

Cheyann Yager

February 13, 2019

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