Margaret MCGUIRE

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MCGUIRE, Margaret MARGARET SARGENT MCGUIRE Margaret Sargent McGuire was the beloved mother of Diane McGuire, sister of Alethia Robinson and James Sargent, Sr. She was the third of nine children born to the late Stephen Sargent, Sr. and Christina Curtis Sargent. She transitioned this life on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at WellStar Kennestone Hospital Marietta, Georgia after 91 years of a productive and exemplary life. Margaret was surrounded by her sister, her daughter, treasured friends and church family. She was born November 22, 1922 in Dalzell, South Carolina, where she was raised by loving parents who taught strong Christian values and outstanding work ethics. Margaret would, also, celebrate October 22nd as her birthday because the midwife had filed an incorrect birth date. She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County in Dalzell, South Carolina. She knew from the age of 14 that she wanted to be a teacher. She spent summers in New York City working to finance her education. She accomplished her dream of attending and graduating from Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina earning a BA Degree in Elementary Education. She earned her New Jersey Certification from Kean University of Union, New Jersey (formerly Newark State Teachers College). Margaret did further graduate studies at Seton Hall University of South Orange, New Jersey. This dedicated educator worked for 34 years in the Newark and Rahway New Jersey School Systems. She taught the "whole child" and retired in 1989. As a preteen, Margaret was baptized at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dalzell, South Carolina. After graduating from Morris College, she relocated to Newark, New Jersey and became a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member for 51 years. On the first Sunday of her visit to the church, she met Daniel McGuire in Sunday School Class. After a brief courtship, they married December 1, 1946. Daniel and Margaret became the adoring parents of their only daughter, Diane, as the three of them became known as the "Ultimate Threesome". The family moved to Georgia in 1997. On the recommendation of Bob Brown, a former co-worker, she joined Zion Baptist Church in 1998 and continued working as an involved member in Sunday School and as a dedicated worker in the Daughters of Zion. Margaret provided leadership and service to many auxiliaries at Metropolitan. She was a member of Circle 2 of the Mission Ministry and a teacher in the Primary Department of the Sunday School for over 20 Years. In her Christian Ministries, she displayed qualities of integrity, worked joyfully and was willing to support the church's activities. Although, she relocated to Georgia, she continued a relationship with Metropolitan. Margaret was a committed member of The National Association of University Women with the Atlanta and New Jersey Branches for over 40 years. She was recognized as "Woman of the Year" by both branches in 1992 and in 2012 respectively. Her greatest honor was being chosen to be a delegate for the national convention on two occasions for it was a monumental responsibility. Margaret's greatest fundraising contribution to the Annual Fashion Scholarship Luncheon was making and wearing the decorative scholarship hat, always the highlight of the "Fashion Show Scholarship Luncheon". Family and friends were Margaret's passion and delight. She was known by her nieces and nephews as a "nurturing aunt". Although she had one biological daughter, she was Mother Margaret to many. She enjoyed helping others and was filled with compassion. A servant leader and a lifetime servant of God, she loved her students and wanted them to be the best. She instilled a feeling that would reflect this quote, "And the joy love brings is the reason for being..." If you wanted good food and a wonderful "Smile" that would light up the room, all you needed to do was just visit Margaret McGuire and your day would be brighter. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, and her husband of 58 years, Daniel McGuire. Her life is further extended by her surviving and grieving family: only daughter, Diane McGuire of Marietta, GA; one sister, Alethia Robinson of Marietta, GA; one brother, James Sargent, Sr. of Dalzell, SC; sisters-in -law, Robbie Hatcher of Jonesboro, GA, Sally Buchanan-Mapp of Atlanta, GA, Ora McGuire of Bethlehem, PA, Jewel Black (Mitchell) of Ormond Beach, FA, Lillie Williams (Robert) of Atlanta, GA, and Crystal Bowman of Jonesboro, GA; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, and church members. Funeral services will be conducted at Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon Street, Marietta, GA at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Her body will lie instate at 10:00 AM. The Committal Service will be held at Mount Harmony Memorial Garden, Mableton, GA and the repast following service at the church. The Visitation and Celebration Service is Friday, March 21, 2014 at Zion Baptist Church from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Necrology Service will be conducted by The National Association of University Women- The Atlanta Branch from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Murray Brothers Cascade Chapel, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd, Atlanta 30331 (404) 349-3000 www.mbfh.com.

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Murray Brothers Funeral Home - Atlanta
1199 Utoy Springs Road, SW  Atlanta, GA 30331
(404) 349-3000
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Mar. 16 to Mar. 20, 2014
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