Catherine (Cathy) Mary McCourt, age 63, of Sciota, Illinois passed away at 3:25 P.M., Friday, February 28, 2020, at Heartland Healthcare in Macomb, Illinois following a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer.
She was born on February 25, 1957, in Macomb, Illinois, the daughter of Sterling (Swede) and Mary Lee Lawyer Nichols. Cathy married Don McCourt on October 22, 1983, in Macomb, Illinois.
She is survived by her husband Don, one son, Shaun McCourt of Macomb, one brother Mike (Susie) Nichols of Macomb, nephews Joe (Amanda) Nichols, Kelly (Diana) Nichols, and Tyler (Claire) Nichols, and great-nephews and nieces Quin, Jace, Easton, Jalie, Davis, Sullivan, Simeon and Leah Nichols. Cathy is also survived by two brothers-in-law Tim (Lisa) Hainline of Roseville, Kevin McCourt of Blandinsville, and one sister-in-law Mia Dee McCourt of Blandinsville, niece Kristy (Jake) Hobby and nephew Kyle Hainline.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Teri Hainline Powell.
Cathy graduated from Macomb High School in 1975, and graduated from Moser Business School in Carthage, Illinois. She retired from Western Illinois University after 31 ½ years of service, and worked the past seven years at Bridgeway.
A Die-Hard Chicago Cubs fan, Cathy lived all of her life in McDonough County. She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed NASCAR racing, and a Tony Stewart fan. She bowled in several leagues, went to state several times and also a national tournament. Cathy enjoyed needlepoint and knitting.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb with Kelly Nichols officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. until the time of service.
At Cathy’s request she wants everyone to wear their Cubs’ attire to celebrate her life and her beloved Chicago Cubs.
Memorials may be made to the Macomb High School Band Boosters and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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