Opal Mary McGuire Vocational Nurse
Opal Mary McGuire, 83, who worked as a geriatric and private-duty nurse in Northern Virginia, died of renal failure April 17 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had lived in Springfield for the past four years.
Mrs. McGuire worked as a vocational nurse for 26 years before her career was cut short by a severe illness.
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She was a resident of Alexandria for 40 years, and her family was among the first to move into Seminary Valley. She was a member of the Altar Guild of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
She was born in Evansville, Ind., and grew up in Wilmington, Del., where as a youth she tap-danced and sang on radio broadcasts. She attended nursing school in Wilmington before leaving to raise a family.
Mrs. McGuire, an Army wife for 21 years, traveled with her husband to his postings. One of the highlights of her life was when he was stationed in Orleans, France, from 1955 to 1957. She found that she had an easy time picking up the French language, and the opportunity to travel created a desire to learn more about history and the arts.
She had a lifelong love affair with opera and shared her passion with her daughter.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, James B. McGuire of Springfield; four children, Pat O'Connell of Dallas, Mike McGuire of Santa Monica, Calif., Tom McGuire of Gloucester, Va., and Jim McGuire of Phoenix; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Alberta C. Newton Choir Member
Alberta C. Newton, 94, a member of Falls Church Presbyterian Church's Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir, died April 16 of congestive heart failure at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was a longtime resident of Falls Church.
She also belonged to the church's BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind One to Another) Women's Guild.
Mrs. Newton was born in Buffalo and moved to Virginia with her husband soon after they were married. She entertained socially during her husband's career as director of the Washington region of the old Post Office Department.
Her great loves were family and music. "She had a song for every occasion, and could to sing a song about anything at the drop of a hat," family members said.
Mrs. Newton, an enthusiastic storyteller, delighted in regaling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with stories of growing up in Buffalo and of places and people she met in her travels. She also enjoyed poetry, especially the works of James Whitcomb Riley and John Greenleaf Whittier.
After her husband retired, they spent time at their River House, in Warsaw, Va. There she continued her pastimes of gardening and crocheting. She loved to set up the gardens overlooking the Rappahannock River for family picnics and gatherings.
Her husband of 34 years, Andrew Earl Newton, died in 1979.