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Verdia Lestina (Arnold) Boccaccio McGuire, 71, passed away on March 24, 2013 at home after a battle with cancer. She was born in Aztec, New Mexico on September 10, 1941 to Russel Ernest Arnold and Lavinia Marcelina (Comer) Arnold. On October 29, 1960, Verdia married James Boccaccio, who worked for Centel Power Company and was a local farmer. They were blessed with three children; James II, Jeffery and Corrie. They resided in Canon City, CO. On November 17, 1980, Verdia married Mickey McGuire, a nationally renowned western wild-life artist. They were blessed with two children, Katrina and Quincy. Verdia, Mickey and family traveled nationally attending art shows. As a child, Verdia spent her summers at her father's ranch working with horses. She attended schools in Canon City and in high school played clarinet and was a twirler with the band. In 1960, Vedia won 1st attendant to Blossom Queen, and later took over the reign as queen. In her young adult life, she taught horsemanship in 4-H. After the passing of Mickey, Verdia went to college as she had to support her family. She studied Criminal Justice and went to work for the state as a Correctional Officer for 17 years. Verdia was a dedicated and loving mother. She supported her children in every goal they pursued. She was a very hard worker. Verdia is survived by her sons; James II (Laura) and Jeffrey (Gaylene) Boccaccio, Brandon Quincy McGuire, daughters; Corrie Boccaccio (Tim Guidry) and Katrina McGuire (Jeffery Godfrey), and 14 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st and 2nd husbands. She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends and her companion dog, Maggie. Services will be held Monday, April 1, 2013 at 1pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Canon City, CO.

Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Mar. 30, 2013
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