Mary Caroline Hill Guiney – 102 Born June 29, 1912 in McKeesport, PA to Hiram R. and Martha Rigby Hill; went to her eternal rest January 30, 2015. Mary graduated from Slippery Rock State Teachers College (PA) in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, and since there were no teaching positions available, she went to work for G. C. Murphy Co. in Pittsburgh where she met the love of her life, Larry Guiney. They married in 1937, and moved to Ripley, WV in 1947 to open a business, and where they raised their two daughters, Rigby and Carolyn. In 1950, at the request of the City Council, Mary established the first library in the County, and in 1952 she was employed by the West Virginia Library Commission, first as a Bookmobile Librarian traveling to rural areas of the state to provide books to those with no access to traditional libraries. In 1956 she was promoted by the Commission to State Acquisitions Librarian at the Capitol in Charleston where she worked for the next 16 years, traveling an 80-mile round trip every day. Following her husband’s death in 1969, she stayed at the Commission until 1972 when she took early retirement to move to Georgia to join her children and grandchildren. Mary settled in Lawrenceville, where she lived in her own home until she was 97, at which time she lost her vision to macular degeneration, and moved to the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Decatur. Prior to then, she worked as a Media Clerk for B. B. Harris Elementary School. After she retired from this second career, she continued to volunteer at Lawrenceville and Dyer Elementary School Libraries until she was 96 years old. Mary was a life-long Episcopalian, and a member of St. Edwards Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville for the last 43 years. She was an emeritus member of Eastern Star and Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association, and a former member of Ripley Women’s Club and Lawrenceville Business and Professional Women’s Club. She enjoyed time spent with family, lunches with her Red Hat and Lunch Bunch groups, travel, shopping, music and reading. The key to her long life was her love of people. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters, husband, son-in-law Bob Fetner, and great-grandson Doug Vosburgh. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Rigby and Jack Duncan (Decatur), and daughter, Carolyn Fetner (Lawrenceville). Also survived by grandchildren David Rocker (Atlanta), Carolyn (Lyn) and Steve Pharris (Columbus), Laura and Chuck Shiver (Cane Hill, AR), Amber Fetner and Phillip Miles (Athens), Jack Duncan, Jr. (Lawrenceville), Steve Duncan (Norcross), Patti and Butch Vosburgh (Roswell); great-grandchildren Drew Rocker, Calvin Fetner, Lila Rigby Miles, Melissa and Andy Gallagher, Emily Duncan, Grant Vosburgh, Jessica and Jesse Rhodes, Brian and Kristi Shiver, Sara Shiver; great-great grandchildren Kaleb, Natalie, Caitlin, Isaac, Lily, Mark, Christopher, Brianna and Shyanne. Mary has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to G.C.R.E.A. Scholarship Fund, 245 Chandler Court, Sugar Hill, GA 30518, or St. Edwards Church, 737 Moon Rd., SW, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. A memorial service celebrating the life of this remarkable woman will be held on Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Edwards Episcopal Church, 737 Moon Rd., SW, Lawrenceville, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall.

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  1. A great joy of this life has been the friendship of Mary. Her demeanor was so gracious and warm that one could not help but feel comfortable and pleasant in her presence. Truly the love of God shined through this magnificent lady.

  2. Ms. Mary was such a warm, bright Spirit. She will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Rigby, and your entire family during this difficult time. With Love, Sanya Simmons (Tommy & Matt)

  3. Dear Laura, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your grandmother, and the entire family will be kept in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time. While I never had the pleasure to meet her in person, from the things you’ve told me, and what I’ve read, she was in fact a “remarkable woman”. God Bless You

  4. Ms. Mary touched many lives with her kindness and beauty. She was remarkable in too many ways to recount. Heaven must surely be more wonderful with her there and our lives ever blessed by having known her.

  5. Laura & family, what a remarkable lady indeed! You have to wonder, but can only guess, how many lives she touched in a very positive way through all her years of work and service. It’s not hard to know what an influence she had on you, Laura. All anyone has to do is be around you for a short time and hear you speak of her to know that the legacy lives on. God’s blessings to all who will miss her.

  6. Rigby, Carolyn and all who loved our dear Mary,
    I feel so privileged to have known your mother. What a wonderful, dynamic woman. I offer my sincere sympathies on your great loss. I am so glad that I got to see Mary in church just a week or so before her last illness. I know Mary is in heaven with all whom she loved who went before her. I do not grieve for her; but for you who have lost such a wonderful woman, mother, grandmother and friend.

  7. How proud God must be of Mary. She was a shining example for all of us who knew and loved her, and will always love her. Mary set high standards for herself and lived up to them. She extended warmth and caring for new acquaintances at every opportunity, and she really knew how to be a friend. She delighted in family, friends, church and encouragement of literacy. How gloriously Mary Guiney enriched our lives.

  8. Mary is a truly beautiful woman in every sense. She was kind, humble, witty, positive; always speaking optimistically; of the good things in life even when her health was letting her down. Julia and I always looked forward to seeing her, and you Rigby, for the sparkle in her eyes even when they were dark for her. She will always be an inspiration and truly missed but knowing her’s been not only a privilege but one of the great and most treasured blessings in my life.

  9. Ms Mary will surely be missed. My deepest sympathies to the family, may The Lord comfort and strengthen you all as y’all mourn. May her soul rest in peace.

  10. Mary was a light in the darkness. Her smile and positive outlook was uplifting to all. My thoughts and prayers go out to her great family and I look forward to celebrating her life on the 14th. Valentine’s Day is a fantastic day to celebrate Mary because she had a huge loving heart.

  11. Ms. Mary is a shining example of what a Christian woman should be. May your memories of her be of comfort during this difficult servant. To Ms. Mary: Well done good and faithful servant.

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