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Nancy L. McGuireJanuary 16, 1953 ~ October 4, 2017 (age 64)
Nancy Linda McGuire, 64, of Rockford, IL went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was surrounded by her five children and one of her best friends, Laura Spinello. Nancy courageously fought an eight-year battle with metastatic breast cancer and she never gave up. We firmly believe she is now completely healed and enjoying her new life in Heaven!
Nancy was born to Ken and Mary (Jamnik) Rust on January 16,1953 in Fond du Lac, WI. The family later moved to Rockford, where she completed her education. Nancy received an Associate of Arts from Rock Valley College and her nursing degree from St. Anthony College of Nursing. After graduating she continued to work at St. Anthony Hospital in the Burn Unit. She married Edward McGuire of Rockford on July 18, 1987, of whom she later divorced. Together they had five beautiful children, MaryAnndrea (Jerrad) Myers, Olivia, Nathanael, Josiah and Samuel McGuire. She became a stay-at-home mom and home schooled all five children for twelve years. Nancy returned to her nursing career in 2004 and started working at Mercy Health System in the Recovery Room.
Nancy had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and her life was a testimony of her faith. She was a compassionate person and a woman of integrity. Nancy was never afraid to speak the truth in love and would give godly advice and wisdom to others. Although she often felt unwell during her illness, she never lost hope or her positive outlook. She was a hard worker and a skilled nurse who enjoyed the challenge of her job. Nancy became a single parent for many years and never wavered in her dedication to her children. She would lovingly refer to them as her “five blessings”. She taught them to trust in God and instilled strong morals and values. In her spare time, Nancy could be found in her kitchen preparing delicious gourmet meals for friends and family. She enjoyed having people over for get-togethers, conversation and tea. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. And she enjoyed naughty inside jokes with her two good friends, Jan Allen and Laura Spinello. Her favorite way to enjoy life was to spend it with the ones she loved the most. Her children are forever grateful for her presence in their lives and how she encouraged and motivated them until the end. She was a light who guided them through many nights. She leaves behind a legacy of love to her children and they will continue living life to the fullest in her honor.
Nancy leaves behind her five children; two grandchildren, Max and Charlotte Myers; mother, Mary Rust; two brothers, Randy Rust and Jeff (Denise) Rust; niece and cousins. Predeceased by father, Ken Rust and grandparents.
Memorial Service and celebration of her life will be held at 3:00pm with a visitation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, 4311 N. Mulford Rd., Loves Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her children.