Joyce Bowen McGuire

Joyce Bowen McGuire, 85, was born April 24, 1929 to Emry and Gladys Wright Bowen in Oakhurst. She went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2014.
On July 26, 1946, she married Elmo McGuire; they had two sons, Glenn McGuire and the late Mark Alan McGuire. Joyce dedicated her life to being a pastor’s wife and to teaching English literature. She was beloved by her students, many of whom called her “Mama.”
Her real passion was missions. She served as an officer of the Women’s Missionary Union of the Congregational Methodist denomination for many years. When missionaries needed funds for certain projects, they would call Joyce, and, in just a matter of days, she would have received pledges and donations to meet the needs on the mission fields.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Elmo McGuire; a son, Mark McGuire; her parents, Emry and Gladys Bowen; a brother, Emry Elton Bowen; and a sister, Mary Nell Spivey.
She is survived by her son, Glenn McGuire and wife, Louise of Mexia; daughter-in-law, Valerie McGuire of Mexia; grandsons, Benjamin McGuire of Mexia and Patrick McGuire and wife, Leslie of Watauga; granddaughter, Ashley Cargile and husband, Marty of Mexia; four great grandchildren, Madison McGuire, Olivia McGuire, Aaden Cargile and Kendall Cargile; one brother, J.C. Bowen of Friendswood; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Patrick McGuire, Benjamin McGuire, Marty Cargile, Rodney Spivey, John McGuire, Jimbo Ingram and Nick Nichols.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Mexia with Rev. Barbara Campbell and Rev. Ned Chipley officiating. Interment will be in the Mexia Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Pass Border Mission Station, c/o of Rev. Mike Gary, P.O. Box 771, Eagle Pass, TX 78853
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