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Mary E. McGuire

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Mary E. McGuire Obituary
SHREVEPORT, LA - Mary E. McGuire passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2011 at Osborn Funeral Home. Graveside services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8th, at Forest Park Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Pendleton Peery. Mrs. McGuire was born September 4, 1916 in Shreveport, LA, the only daughter of Judge Thornton F. and Nannetta Schuler Bell. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward L. McGuire, Jr., her parents and her brother, Thornton Foster Bell and son, David Bell McGuire.

She was a 1933 Graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and attended Centenary College for one year then the University of Missouri, Columbia where she affiliated with the Chi Omega Sorority. She received a B.A. from L.S.U., Baton Rouge in 1937.

Her life-long commitment as a volunteer began with Dr. Robert T. Lucas's monthly children's clinic at what was then the Charity Hospital on Texas Ave. Later she was a Cub Scout Den mother, Brownie Leader, Library assistant in Grade School, a tutor at Creswell and Barrett Elementary schools, and a debate judge at Byrd and Centenary. She was a member of the Jr. League of Shreveport, and joined the 20th Century Club in 1964, serving in various offices. She was a member of the Woman's Department club for over 50 years and served as Chairman of Education Department and Literature Chairman. As a member of St. Mark's Congregation then1st Presbyterian Church, she was active as a teacher of children and adults. At 1st Presbyterian she was a former member of the choir and served as deacon then elder.

On April 25, 1942, she married Edward L. McGuire Jr. of Taunton, MA who she met at a party hosted by her mother in the First Presbyterian Church basement. He was serving as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Corp and they lived in various bases until the end WWII when they returned to Shreveport in 1946. Mr. McGuire died in 1983.

They had three children, Edward Leo McGuire III of California, David Bell McGuire, deceased, and Mary Thornton McGuire of Houston, Texas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan, Shreveport, LA; Providence House, 814 Cotton Ave., Shreveport, LA; The Community Fund of Shreveport-Bossier or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2011
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