August 15, 1930 - January 11, 2018
Gladys Gardner McGuire, 87, being surrounded by her loving family, passed away peacefully at her home in Edgewater and went to live with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Born August 15, 1930, Gladys was the daughter of the late Volney and Mary Gardner. She grew up in Redding, CT and graduated from Danbury High School in 1948 and from the Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing in New London, CT in 1951. In the summer of 1954 she met the love of her life, Bobbie McGuire, a sailor in the United States Coast Guard. They were married on December 8, 1954 in Rolla, MO and would go on to spend the next 62 years of their lives together, most of them in Florida, until Bob’s passing in March 2017. Gladys worked in hospitals as a Registered Nurse for 15 years in New London, CT, Winter Haven and Gainesville, FL and later in Kirksville, MO while her husband completed medical school from 1962 – 1966. Upon the family’s return to Florida in 1966 they settled in Ormond Beach. Her husband started his private medical practice and she retired from nursing to attend to her life-long love—the care of her children and husband. A more devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother could not be found. She loved her husband unconditionally and gave her life being a long time caregiver to him. Gladys’ greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who were the delight of her heart. Gladys accepted Christ as her Savior in 1969 and was a faithful member of Daytona Christian Church for many years. Upon moving to Columbia, South Carolina for a short time in the 1980’s she was a member of First Christian Church where she served as a deaconess. She and her husband returned to Florida in 1986, this time to New Smyrna Beach. She became a member of South Haven Christian Church and later, Port Orange Christian Church, where she was a member until her passing. Her gentle spirit, her warm smile, the kind words she spoke to all, will forever be remembered. She was a shining light in the lives of her family and every life she touched. Her smile was so beautiful and genuine. She loved her family with a selfless love. She was never unkind; rather every memory of her is filled with love and happiness. In addition to her parents and husband, Gladys was predeceased by her brother, Robert Gardner, who passed away in April. She is survived by four children, Robert and Ronald McGuire both of Edgewater, Mary (Rob) Falconnier of Port Orange, and Dr. Keith (Rachel) McGuire of Columbia, SC; five grandchildren, Rebecca (Adam) Sarwi of Port Orange, Ashley Parsons of Port Orange and Ian, Aaron and Katy McGuire of Columbia, SC; three great grandchildren, Charlotte Davies, Jude Sarwi and Lydia Sarwi; three nieces; four nephews and a sister, Shirley Peknik of Redding, CT. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 12:00 PM at Port Orange Christian Church. A graveside service will be held later that day at Lakeside Memorial Park in Winter Haven. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations in Gladys’ memory to the Robert McGuire Scholarship Fund at Point University, 507 W. 10th Street, West Point, GA 31833.
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