URBANA – Kay (Clabaugh) McGuire, 81, of Urbana died Friday February 25, 2022 at Accolade Healthcare, Paxton.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. The family asks that everyone present wear a face mask inside the building.
Kay was born February 9, 1941, in Champaign, the daughter of Charles W. Clabaugh and Eleanor Knoll Clabaugh. After her mother’s untimely death, Kay was raised by her father and stepmother, Louise (Zimmerman) Clabaugh in Champaign.
Kay married the Reverend Richard McGuire on June 23, 1962 at First United Methodist Church in Champaign. Richard, her husband of nearly 60 years, survives.
Kay is also survived by her daughter, Donna Pepper of Loda; son-in-law, Cam Pepper; and grandchildren, Taybor (Haley) Pepper of Dexter, Michigan, and Sloane Pepper of New York, NY. She is also survived by a sister, Patsy Swaino of Copley, Ohio, and a loving niece and nephews and special cousins whom she cherished.
She was predeceased by her loving parents and in-laws, Harold and Margaret McGuire of Champaign.
Kay graduated from Champaign High School in 1959. She received the following degrees from the University of Illinois; BA in 1974, MS in 1977, and Masters of Social Work in 1982. Kay’s steadfast dedication as the wife of a United Methodist minister was evident in every church she and her husband served. In 1974, Kay began as a social worker at CRCC in Paxton, providing counseling as well as consultancy work to nursing facilities countywide. In 1980, Kay opened a private consulting center in Urbana, the Center for Creative Communication. His company has grown into a training and consulting firm with a focus on business processes, leadership development and teamwork. She has been a national speaker and trainer. In 1997, she became a civilian employee with the United States Army Corps of Engineers at CERL in Champaign, putting her skills in facilitation, teamwork and organizational development to good use. She retired in 2012.
Among Kay’s professional awards, she received the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2000 and their Senior Civilian Service Award in 2005. She appeared as a guest expert on The Phil Donahue Show and Hour Magazine with Gary Collins. Kay has been involved in many organizations during her career. She has served on the board of directors of Paxton Community Hospital and the Salt & Light Ministry and has served on numerous committees for the local Chamber of Commerce, Parkland College, University of Illinois and many local community initiatives. mental health and women in business.
Kay was deeply involved in every community in which she and her family resided in central Illinois. She was an advocate for mental health, clergy wives, women, and the elderly in particular. Her work ethic, intelligence and kindness were felt by all who met and knew her. Kay’s family and community will miss her deeply. Appreciation for Kay’s excellent care goes to all the staff at Bridle Brook Assisted Living & Memory Care in Muhammad, Accolade Healthcare on Pells in Paxton and Transitions Hospice.
Memorial donations can be made to Cunningham Children’s Home, the Preacher’s Aid & Benefit Fund or an Alzheimer’s organization of your choice. Condolences may be sent to morganmemorialhome.com.