Mary Catherine McGhin (nee’ McNeil) was a faithful servant of God and, on Friday, November 21, 2014, surrounded by her family, she left this world and flew home, straight into the arms of Jesus.
Mary was born January 21, 1939, in Fox River Grove, IL. She was the daughter of James and Margaret McNeil and, twin sister to Margaret, with whom she was very close. About 1942, the family moved to Valparaiso, IN and on February 1, 1959, she she married William ‘LaVon’ McGhin, a SP4 in the U.S. Army, who was based nearby. About 1962, after LaVon’s discharge from the Army, they moved to his hometown of St. Mary’s, GA, where she lived out the rest of her life.
Mary was a faithful member of First Baptist Church St. Mary’s, where she served as a Deacon’s wife and sang in the choir. She loved children and also served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. Leading tender young hearts to Jesus was her strongest calling as, every one of her family members, who knew her when they were children, can attest.
A dutiful and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend; she was loving kindness personified. Her heart and her home were always open to anyone who entered her orbit, for she faithfully believed Matthew 25:40. “The king will reply, ‘Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, LaVon, and their only son, William LaVon ‘Bill’ McGhin Jr. Also by, her parents; sisters, Denise Hendrix and Marylou Stevenson; brothers Edward, William, Patrick, Walter, James and George McNeil.
Surviving are her twin sister, Margaret (Clarence) Schroeder of Valparaiso, IN; Grandson, John P. (Nacole) McGhin; Granddaughters, Amanda (James) Chaney of Waynesville, GA and Tonya (Brandon) Black of Kingsland, GA; Great-Grandchildren, Mckenzie (McGhin), Kaitlyn, Rebecca, Sarah, Abigail & Charlie Anne (Chaney), Kyla, Arianna & Caden (Black) and many neices and nephews, all who adored her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 pm, Monday Nov. 24, at First Baptist Church, St. Mary’s. Colorful clothing is suggested as, Mary embodied the ‘Joy of the Lord’ to all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers; the family has requested donations be made to: The Lottie Moon Christmas Mission, c/o First Baptist Church St. Marys, 102 W. Weed St., St. Marys, GA 31558 PH (912) 882-4250.
Allison Memorial Chapel & Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.