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Mary Rita Mcguire

February 16, 1932 — July 17, 2023

Mary Rita Mcguire

Mary Rita McGuire, otherwise known to all as "Granny," was born in the small town of Crossmolina, in the county of Mayo, Ireland, to Ned and Annie Bourke, where she was a beloved sister to Cyril, Josie, and Philomena. Rita knew at a young age that she was being called to move to England to become a nurse, then to continue on to become a midwife, delivering over 300 babies. This suited her so perfectly, as she always had a heart for children, and for ushering life into the world, wherever she could. Upon meeting John McGuire, a handsome young man from Galway, Ireland, she knew he was her divinely planned "other half." From that marriage came the birth of their daughter Bernadette, and four sweet babies in eternity. John and Rita settled down and built their life together in New York, where they became successful entrepreneurs, owning several bars and a delicatessen. Eventually, they would come to find themselves Oklahomans, and grandparents, to a bundle of children from the marriage of Bernadette and Dominic. After the passing of her beloved John, "Granny" wholeheartedly devoted herself to a life of service. She worked tirelessly to be a present mother, not just to her own daughter and son-in-law, but to all. Always there with a simple, but poignant line, that had the ability to strike you to your core. She enjoyed her many years on the golf course, winning tournaments and always humbly downplaying her impressive amount of hole-in-ones. She loved a glass of white wine and conversation, those of which would always start simply, then arrive at a place of edifying reassurance and trustful surrender to Divine Providence. Granny took great delight in watching her grandchildren, and great grandchildren, grow and develop their interests, present at, truly, hundreds of events. Most of all, granny was a woman of simple and childlike faith, that of course, in the end, seemed to all of us to be nothing short of great sophistication and mystery. She would always say, "just accept what comes!" and she showed us just how to live out those words, to the very last. Mary Rita McGuire died on July 17th, after having received Anointing of the Sick, with her daughter and youngest grandson by her side. A life well spent, and a heart much loved!Mary Rita McGuire is proceeded in death by her parents, Ned and Annie Bourke, brothers Cyril and Josie Bourke, and beloved husband, John McGuire. She is survived by her sister Philomena, her devoted daughter Bernadette Pedulla, son-in-law, Dominic, grandchildren, Rita (Jonathan) Slominski, JJ (Hope) Pedulla, Claire (John) Woldum, Edmund (Madi) Pedulla, Mary (Stephen) O'Hern, Brendan Pedulla, Sean Pedulla, Ciaran Pedulla, and DJ Pedulla. Lastly, survived by many great grandchildren.
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