Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home Obituaries

Shirley Ann McGuire on May 28, 2021

Shirley Ann (Kary) McGuire, 75 of North Attleboro passed away on May 28, 2021. Born in Woodstock, Virginia, she was the beloved wife of Robert L. McGuire Jr. for 51 years.  Shirley was the daughter of Helen Kary and the late Leonard Kary.

Raised in Providence, RI, Shirley graduated from Hope High School in 1964, and received her Bachelors Degree from Rhode Island College in 1969.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Shirley was a teacher for 28 years in Attleboro Public Schools, finishing her career at the Hyman Fine School.  She was proudly nicknamed “Mother” by her fellow teachers.

Anyone who knew Shirley knows that she was involved in the community and loved a good time. She was a 30-year member of the Lambda Pi and Theta Beta Chapters of Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority where her passion of community service was evident.  Shirley held all chapter offices as well as Phi Province offices.                                         

Shirley was an active volunteer at Lenore’s Pantry, volunteered at many flu clinics, animal clinics and was an ardent supporter of Homes For Our Troops along with many other worthy organizations. 

Shirley was also a member of the Fun Seekers Travel Group with her husband, and enjoyed various outings with the Coffee Beans, the Live Wires and luncheons with the Rhode Island Girls Birthday Group.  She was also an avid golfer in the Tuesday Morning Ladies League at Chemawa Golf Course. Shirley loved to travel with friends throughout Europe and the U.S., and adored her favorite chef LEO (Lets Eat Out).

Shirley was a fighter, having beaten Hodgkin’s Disease in the early nineties, and breast cancer in 2019.

Unfortunately the deck was stacked against her this time, as she had to overcome several min-strokes and pancreatic cancer.

Survivors are her daughter, Kristen Andrade of Cape Coral, FL and sons Bryan of Colorado Springs, CO and Matthew (Traci-Lyn) of Coventry, RI; her grandsons Ryan and Colin of Colorado Springs, CO and granddaughter Aubrey of Coventry, RI.

Shirley was the sister of Kenneth Kary of Redondo Beach, CA and Nancy Brown (Howard) of Warwick, RI,

And Aunt to Lori Beagan of Warwick, RI, Christopher Brown of Bradford, NH and Patrick McGuire of Foxboro, MA.

Visiting hours will be held at Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro on Sunday, June 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a memorial service immediately following visitation in the funeral home at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Shirley’s favorite charity in her memory can be made to: Homes For Our Troops, 6 Main Street, Taunton, MA 02780, or at www.hfotusa.org.