Ann McGuire

1948-2019McGuire, Ann

Ann McGuire, beloved daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother passed away on September 30, 2019. She was born the treasured only child of John Coffey, Jr. and Melba (Martin) Coffey in Haskell, Oklahoma. As her father was an Army officer, eventually rising to the rank of Major General, she lived in many places, but there was no doubt that Edmond, Oklahoma was her home. From her high school days as an Edmond Memorial Bulldog, she never left that town. Her Bachelors degree in Education was earned at Oklahoma Christian College, and she received her Masters degree at Central State University.

Ann loved children and spent her entire 30-year career teaching for Edmond Public Schools. Teaching young children to read was her forte. She shared her passion for education with the love of her life, Vernon McGuire, whom she met while both were teaching at Orvis Risner Elementary School. They were married in 1972 and were blessed with a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, five years later. Ann instilled her love of teaching in Elizabeth as well.

Ann always had a kind word and cherished her time with family. Her grandchildren adored playing games and reading books together with Grandma Ann. Dogs held a special place in her heart, all kinds, and she knew her way around a shopping mall. Ann’s faith was very important to her: she was a devoted member of the Memorial Road Church of Christ. Her kind smile and gentle voice will be sorely missed.

Ann was preceded in death by her father, John, and mother, Melba. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Vernon, her daughter, Elizabeth Owens (Andy), and her grandchildren, Reed and Lauren Owens.

No services are planned; she will be memorialized at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Ann’s family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at


  1. Very sorry for your loss, Mr. McGuire. You were my principal at Will Rogers. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Vernon
    Terry and I are so sorry for your loss of sweet Ann.
    I loved teaching with
    Ann at Orvis. I have great memories of our time together.
    Much love to you and Elizabeth.
    Missy Attebery

  3. I am so very sorry to hear about this loss. I have fond memories of your family, and you will be in my thoughts. Cathie Denton

  4. While I was sorry to hear that Ann had died, I am grateful that she is now at peace.
    I have notified all the former Orvis Risner teachers that I could reach. I would also
    like to get together with everyone still around as I still miss our lunch visits.

    Please let us know if there is any way we can help at this time.
    We care very much about Ann’s family.
    Georgia Sparks

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