Visitation Information:

April 17th, 2018 at 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Service Information:

April 17th, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Mrs. Rebecca Schmieder McCanna, 66

Rebecca Schmieder McCanna, age 66 of Sautee Nacoochee, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  She was born October 31, 1951 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Commander Arthur Herman Schmieder, U. S. Navy (Retired) and the late Norma Amyx Lowery.  She married her high school sweetheart, Major Brad McCanna, U. S. Marine Corps (Retired) on June 30, 1979. 

Also surviving are her two sons, Ryan (Billie Jo) McCanna of Buford, and 2nd Lieutenant Sean (Erica) McCanna, U. S. Air Force of Prattville, Alabama; two granddaughters Koree and Ashton; two grandsons Trevor and Brayden; one brother Michael (Katie) Schmieder; one sister Katherine Schmieder; one nephew Michael; and two nieces Kimberly and Katelynn. 

Rebecca loved travelling and enjoyed entertaining friends and relatives.  She also loved sharing her experiences and spent her many years as a military spouse training and counselling the younger wives in the ways of military service.  She firmly believed that spouses play a critical role in military readiness.  When Brad left the Marine Corps and founded the Navy Junior ROTC unit at East Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia, Rebecca spent much of her spare time over the next nineteen years teaching and mentoring his cadets who knew her lovingly as “Major Mom.”

Visitation is from 1:30PM until 3:30PM on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Memorial Park Funeral Home.  A memorial service will follow at 3:30PM on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, also at Memorial Park Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences 12
Susan Laird 2018-04-14 09:11:51
She was always a good friend and an all around wonderful human being. She will be sorely missed by those who love her. I'm sure she will be in heaven, because of all the suffering she went through here on earth, patiently waiting for us to meet her there. All my love to the family and friends of Rebecca. Susan Laird
Gigi 2018-04-14 17:20:34
Please know your in my prayers. I know she will be missed. Gigi
Kevin and Janine Wren 2018-04-14 23:59:42
Our deepest condolences are with you and your family during this most difficult time. Our prayers are with you and your entire family. May your precious memories give you the peace and strength to get you through your sudden loss. ~ God Bless you all. Love, The Wren Family.
Joe Stewart 2018-04-15 13:04:10
Dear Brad and Family, I am very saddened to learn of your very great loss. Will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for your loss. Sincerely and with respect, Joe Stewart ‘73 28th Company
Patricia and Lamar Canup 2018-04-15 14:29:37
Such a shock to hear about Rebecca. We extend our sincere condolences. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you.
Dave & Mary Anne Stacy 2018-04-15 15:01:04
Brad, There are no words to assuage yours and your family's deep grief at this time. Just know you have strength in family and friends, particularly your brothers of USNA and 28th CO. We regret we can not be there to personally convey our support but please lean on us when you need us. Respectfully, Dave & Mary Anne
Marv Clott 2018-04-16 16:42:21
Brad, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you and your family can be somewhat uplifted by a celebration of your wife's life. I believe she will always be remembered by you and your family by her real life contributions and her involvement with your students. Sincerely, Marv Clott, 28th Company
Caleb C. Elliott 2018-04-16 20:33:30
Major, Im sorry to hear such sad news. You are in my familys thoughts.
Trevor & Trish Sarles 2018-04-17 16:51:06
We too were so shocked when you advised of Becky's sudden passing which brought a flood of memories of special times together in Asia and Hawaii....Our thoughts have been with you all week as well as our prayers that the Lord gives all of you HIS Peace. We hope to catch up with you some day; you're welcome to come for a visit anytime here in Mexico.
Judy Allison 2018-04-17 23:41:41
Brad, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the days to follow.
Karen Shea Weathers 2018-04-18 22:42:23
Dear Brad, I was so sorry to hear of Rebecca's passing. I know it was a long time ago, but I still have recipes that she shared with me for "company dinners." They are tagged with her name in my recipe book. I know it's just a small thing, but every time I use her recipes since those early East Hall days I think of her sharing with a young bride. She gave on so many levels. She touched lives in so many ways, and all of us will miss that.
Leif & Karen Hendrickson 2018-04-19 16:25:39
Brad …… I was saddened to hear of Becky’s passing. It is my hope that as time passes, the wonderful and lifelong memories that you shared with Becky will bring you some comfort. Our sincerest sympathy to you and the boys. Leif & Karen
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