June 22, 2013

Ruth E. McGuigan

Ruth E. McGuigan, 90, of Abbeville, S.C., wife of the late Bill McGuigan, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, S.C. She was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., to the late Seymore and Alice Lallier Sanders.

Mrs. McGuigan was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and during her time at the church she was active in the women’s club. She helped start the Head Start program in Abbeville, S.C., and taught there until her retirement.

Mrs. McGuigan was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Sanders.

Surviving Mrs. McGuigan are her three children, Bill McGuigan (Jenny) of Tunnel Hill, Michael McGuigan (Fran) of Greenville, S.C., and Kathy M. Genevie (Michael) of Abbeville, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Bill, Shane, Mike, Justin, Patrick, Meg and Kyle; and seven great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Friday, July 12, 2013, will be the opening night of “Spreading It Around.” The play will be dedicated to her memory and a reception will follow at the Abbeville Opera House.

The family respectfully requests all memorials in memory of Mrs. McGuigan be sent to the endowment fund at the Abbeville Opera House, P.O. Box 247, Abbeville, SC 29620.

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Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the McGuigan family.

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