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Dr. Patsy McGuire

On the morning of July 4, 2019 Dr. Alice Patsy McGuire McGuire departed this earthly life at the age of 102. She was born in Sylva on February 4, 1917 in the home of her parents, Dr. Wayne Patrick McGuire and Dr. Daisy Dean Zachary McGuire. A third generation dentist, she was professionally active at a time when few females ventured into that field. In fact, her mother was the first female dentist licensed in the state of North Carolina and the first female to be issued a dental degree from the school that would become Emory University Dental School.

Dr. Patsy, as she was well known, graduated from Atlanta Southern Dental College in 1939.  While there she met and married her classmate Dr. Harold S. McGuire, to whom she was married for over 79 years. Active in many dental circles, she practiced in Sylva for over 50 years.

Dr. Patsy was preceded in death by her parents (named above), her spouse (named above), two sisters Dr. Noracella McGuire Wilson (Thomas) and Dr. Kitty Dean McGuire Gamewell (Robert).   She is survived by four children; Alice McGuire Kirk (William), Virginia McGuire Burridge (Herb), Dr. F. Patrick McGuire (Jeanne), and Dr.  David S. McGuire (Kathy). She had 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

A lifelong member of the Sylva United Methodist Church, she was active in many Sunday School and Circle Groups within the church.

Dr. McGuire was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Association, Western North Carolina Dental Society and many Study Clubs.

Always busy with her hands, Dr. Patsy was an accomplished seamstress and knitter. Later in life she developed interests in painting and weaving with phenomenal results.

Dr. McGuire was proud to be a direct descendant of both Barak Norton and Col. John Zachary who are considered to be the first white settlers in southern Jackson County.  She inherited a building, built by her paternal grandfather, which had served as the first Norton School. Dr. Patsy later donated the building and property to be used as the Norton Community Center.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 24, 2019 at 11:00am at First United Methodist Church of Sylva. The family will recieve friiends immediately following the service. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Methodist Church of Sylva Bulding Fund, 77 Jackson St. Sylva, NC 28779 or to a charitly of ones choosing.

This amazing woman loved her family, church, and community. She will be greatly missed. 

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Bea Buchanan Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. McGuire

Bea Buchanan Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

sorry to hear of the loss of Dr Patsy McGuire keeping her family in my prayers, Dr Patsy McGuire was my first dentist when i was a little girl i remember how nice and kind she was she was a great lady.

b_buchanan Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

Tonia Maynor & Stone Horton Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. McGuire

Tonia Maynor & Stone Horton Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

I am very sorry to hear of your mother's death . She really was a nice lady and a good dentist . I will be praying for you family .

Geneva G Lineberry Jul 10 2019 12:00 AM

Our condolences, we love Dr. Patsy and all the McGuires!

Jon Brown Jul 10 2019 12:00 AM

Dr. Patsy was my first dentist when I moved to Jackson County in 1989. I remember her fondly. My condolences to the McGuire Family Rest in Peace

Michael Waters Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

A blessed sweet lady who made me (Dottie) smile more ways than one. Her dental work from age 15 and all the years she worked with a smile and kindness. Always telling me about her family members with such love.and showing me her art work in her office. She was such a blessing to all of us all. A blessed family to have had her in their lives, like we were her patients and friends.

Charles & Dottie Nicholson Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

Dr. Patsy was my dentist when I was a kid until age 14. When I was 14 we moved away. I remember her giving me a small rubber animal after all my appointments. She was the sweetest person! For a kid I never did mind going to the dentist! Our condolences to you all! We are praying for you all. We will see her again one day in Heaven! Max Bennett

Max Bennett Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

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