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Remembering Ms. McGuire

Mother of Mercy High School sadly announces the loss of Art Teacher Joan McGuire.  A member of the Mercy faculty since 1979, Ms. McGuire passed away due to complications from an unknown illness the morning of January 22, 2013.

Ms. McGuire was instrumental in growing Mother of Mercy's art department, along with Theresa Murphy, with whom she taught side by side for over 25 years. Throughout the years, the number of student artists recognized in prestigious exhibits, including the Overture Awards, Scholastic Art Awards and Ohio Governor's Awards, helped Mother of Mercy's art program grow in to the regional leader of high school art programs it is today.  In addition to guiding high school artists, Ms. McGuire led a summer art camp for grade school children for the past several years, giving them an opportunity to tap into their creative side and advance their knowledge of art.

Described as a kind and patient woman, Ms. McGuire was known for instilling confidence and inspiring every student with whom she crossed paths during her tenure at Mercy.  With the news of her declining health, memories and notes of thanks have been flooding a Facebook page set up to honor her dedication to the arts and education of young women. Please click here to read the touching tributes of the many lives Ms. McGuire touched.

We ask that you join the entire Mercy community in offering up prayers of grief, and prayers of Thanksgiving for a woman who was part of the circle of Mercy, and who touched so many lives with her artistic gifts, kind heart and tender ways.

The visitation for Ms. McGuire was held at Mother of Mercy High School on Thursday, January 24 from 4 - 8 p.m. Mass was held on Friday, January 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Please click here to view Ms. McGuire's full obituary.
Please click here to read an article on Ms. McGuire featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer's Lives Remembered section.

Mother of Mercy is also setting up the Joan McGuire Art Scholarship Fund for Memorials. Click here for an online form or send your memorial to Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road, Cincinnati, OH 45211.