Obituary for Judith McGuire

Ponca City Now - June 25, 2020 4:15 pm

Judith Huffman McGuire

December 24, 1941 – June 21, 2020

Judith Price Huffman McGuire, 78, of Ponca City, left this life on June 21, 2020, at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 10, 2020, at 10:00 am at Grace Episcopal Church, with the Reverend Caleb Roberts officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.

Judy was born on December 24, 1941, in Beaumont, Texas, to Maxwell Combest and Alma (Price) Huffman. Judy received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lamar University in Beaumont and later completed her Master’s Degree from the University of Texas. On August 23, 1963, she and Steve McGuire were married at the First United Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas. She taught school for five years before starting her real career as a loving mother. Being a wife and mother was Judy’s greatest joy. Her mother died when she was 4 years old. She continuously strived to be the mother she never had and always wanted. Her family and especially her grandchildren were very important to her, and she loved them all immensely.

Judy was a long-time member of Grace Episcopal Church and was very active serving with the Altar Guild and Daughters of the King. She also ran the Food Fair for many years. She was a homeroom mom and was known for her cookies and care packages sent to her children during college. She was an avid gardener and loved to spend time outdoors. She and Steve loved to travel, especially to warmer climates. They visited Hawaii and Florida every year for the last 25 years.

Her friends were extremely important to her as well. During this last year of her life, most of them did not know how sick she was becoming. Judy made certain that her appearance was perfect and she continued to care for her friends. She did for others more than for herself. Judy was described as a very selfless person and always had a positive attitude, even to the end. On June 6, 2019, the day of her diagnosis, Judy started a “Positive Board”. Each day after her diagnosis, she would write down a positive thought or something she was thankful for, no matter how bad she felt. No one ever heard Judy complain or utter a negative word during the year she gracefully fought her battle with cancer. She was even delivering peonies from her garden to her friends, days before she died.

She is survived by her husband, Steve McGuire; children, Kristin Chapman, of Franklin, TN; Ken McGuire and his wife, Jennifer, of Montgomery, OH; grandchildren, Kay McGuire, Audrey McGuire, Colin McGuire, Lila McGuire, Taylor Chapman, Lauren Chapman, Samuel Chapman and Stephen Chapman; brother Mickey Huffman and his wife, Jo Anne, of Dallas, TX; sister, Elizabeth Holley and her husband, Johnny, of Galveston, TX and many other family members and friends.

Source: Trout Funeral Home