Mary Nell (Schmitt) McGuire

June 13, 1930 ~ June 7, 2018 (age 87)

Mary Nell McGuire, age 87 of Ridgway passed on this life peacefully at her home surrounded by her family, Thursday, June 7, 2018.   Mary Nell was born in Eldorado, IL on June 13, 1930 to the late Leonard & Elizabeth (Spahr) Schmitt.

She graduated 8th grade from the St. Bernards Catholic Schoo in Wood River, IL and graduated with honors from Ridgway High School.  After high school she was employed at Scherrer Equipment Co. in Ridgway and later worked as a program assistant for 27 years at he ASCS/FSA office in Ridgway.  She met the love of her life Lawler McGuire at a Knights of Columbus dance on New Years Eve and they were married November 22, 1951. They raised 5 children on a rural farm near Eldorado.

Mary Nell was an active member of the St. Kateri Catholic Church, Altar Society, and Daughters of Isabella.  She was always happy with a smile and kind word for you always.  She loved to be with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends and always had a great time.  She enjoying embroidering, playing 500 with card club but really loved to dance, always the first on the dance floor. She was known by many as Granny Nell.

Mary Nell is survived by, 2 daughters, Linda (Rex) Thompson of Omaha, Judy McGuire (Jamie Scherrer) of Ridgway, 2 sons, Jim (Tammy) McGuire of Carrier Mills, and David (Nancy) McGuire of Eldorado.  7 grandchildren, Kristen (Lyle) Waller, Dylan Thompson, Audrey (Kelsey) Northcott, Clay (Andrea) Roby, Jace McGuire, Dustin and Whitney McGuire.  4 Great Grandchidlren, Addison and Avery Waller, Ayden Northcott and Everett Lawler Roby.  1 brother, John (Pat) Schmitt of Eldorado, 1 sister, Beth (Robert) Holt of South Carolina and a sister in law, Dolores Schmitt of Ridgway.  Many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 son, Larry McGuire and 1 Brother Jim Schmitt

Visitation for Mary Nell will be on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway where a prayer service will begin at 3:45 PM.  Her funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway starting at 10:00 AM with Fr. Steven Beatty celebrating mass.  Her interment will immediately follow in the St. Patrick Cemetery near Ridgway.  Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to either the St. Kateri Church Building Fund or St. Patrick Cemetery. 

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Donations may be made to:

St. Kateri Catholic Church Building Fund
Ridgway, IL

St. Patrick Cemetery
Ridgway IL

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