Services to be held for Nancy Lillian Maguire
Nancy Lillian Maguire
, who devoted many years to community service and to the history of her
hometown of Ocoee, lost her
four-year battle with ovarian cancer on Friday, July 3.
She was a teacher, a musician and the curator of the historic Withers-Maguire House and Museum from 1988 until her death at age 59.
The president of the Ocoee Historical Commission
for four years, she
was instrumental in coordinating the article on the Withers-Maguire House that appears in the national publication of Great Houses of Florida
that was published in 2008.
also worked diligently on writing the state grant applications that the Ocoee Historical Commission
received to restore the Withers-Maguire House, which is on the National Register.
was writing a book on the history of Ocoee and its pioneer families.
"Nancy has played a significant role in our community as curator of our history and the Withers-Maguire House," said Mayor Scott Vandergrift.
My wife, Beth, had worked with Nancy
for about a year and a half on publishing plans for this book.
Beth and other longtime Ocoee residents have pledged to complete this work in Nancy's
attended Ocoee Elementary, Junior and Senior High schools
, graduating in 1967.
She received an A.A. degree from St. Petersburg Jr. College, a B.S. degree from Florida State University in 1971, where she was on the dean's list, and the Gifted Education Endorsement from the University of Central Florida.
Upon graduation from FSU, she began her 37-year teaching career at Hiawassee Elementary, then taught at Pine Hills Elementary and retired from Magnolia School where she taught elementary gifted students.
was honored with the Teacheriffic Award from Walt Disney World in 1992 for the creation of a historical walking tour of Orlando that was published through the Orange County Public Schools
She also taught gifted endorsement classes to fellow educators and served as supervising teacher for student interns.
was selected to participate in the Social Studies Department's
yearlong grant program, Project REAL.
A member of the international honorary society Alpha Delta Kappa
for 30 years, she
served many roles, including district chairman.
A musician, she
was called on to play piano at many school and church functions and taught and led music for children at First Baptist Church of Orlando.
She was a faithful choir member there and at First Baptist Church of Winter Garden.
In high school, she was a Senior Notable, cheerleader and member of the yearbook staff (serving as editor her senior year) and was vice president of the Inter Club Council and chaplain of the Future Homemakers of America.
was the first female to solo at Maguire Airport in Ocoee, where she
ground school and flying instructions.
In the summer of 1975, she
private pilot's license.
She also served in numerous roles for the Woman's Club of Ocoee, including four years as treasurer.