Mary M. (McGuire) Austin

May 28, 1945 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Mary Austin Obituary

Mary Austin (née McGuire) died unexpectedly on December 20, 2023, due to complications from a routine emergency surgery that took place on December 6, 2023.  Her son and daughter-in-law were by her side.  Small in stature, but fierce in loyalty and love, Mary fought incredibly hard through all manner of medical adversity during her two-week hospitalization to stay with her son, Chad, daughter-in-law, Erica, and granddaughter, Schianne.  Of comfort to her immediate family is the belief that Mary is now with her beloved husband, Bill, and granddaughter, Avery.


Mary embodied love, light and loyalty to her family and friends.  All who had the pleasure of knowing Mary experienced the joy of being on the receiving end of her love, genuine interest, and care.  Friends and family often remarked that Mary was the nicest and most unselfish person they knew.  Her attitude towards life and the way she gave so much to others secured a place in the Austin family as the exemplar on how to live a meaningful life.  In a world where most people want to talk about themselves, Mary gave generously of her time and attention and made others feel truly heard and genuinely appreciated. Mary served as a non-judgmental, loving, and safe space for her two granddaughters, Avery and Schianne.  In her characteristically loving way, Mary helped her granddaughters survive their tumultuous teen years and contributed to the formation of their kindness and character more than any other person in their lives.

Mary was born on May 28, 1945 in Evanston, Illinois to her parents John Frank McGuire and Virgnia McGuire (née Chapman) and she, along with her brother William (a.k.a. Bill), grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago.  Mary and her husband Bill moved to Colorado in 2002 when their only son, Chad, was hired to teach at the Air Force Academy, but that was not her only connection to Colorado.  She attended the University of Denver in the 1960s and her grandfather, John F. McGuire. was the mayor of Victor, Colorado in the 1930s.

Mary worked in the medical field both as a ward secretary at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later in assisted living facilities and periodically in retail in both Illinois and Colorado.  Mary’s benevolence permeated her work life and she established herself as an extremely valued employee who took care of people well.  People always felt better after having spent time with Mary, so it is not surprising she thrived in her various care-providing and customer service roles.

Mary was a kind, loving, and caring soul; she truly was an angel on this earth.  She cared deeply for and loved her husband of 52 years, Bill Austin.  She was extremely proud of her son, Chad and went out of her way to congratulate, celebrate, and cherish Chad’s many accomplishments throughout her life.  She shared the same pride about Erica’s accomplishments and loved Erica like she was her own daughter.  Mary positively influenced, strengthened, encouraged, and loved her granddaughters, Avery and Schianne.       

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Virginia McGuire, her husband, William Austin, and her granddaughter, Avery Austin.  She is survived by her son, Chad and his wife, Erica, and their daughter, Schianne and her brother, William McGuire.       

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Mary’s name to Safe Place for Pets. Mary had submitted her application to volunteer at this organization prior to her death. safe Place for Pets recently accepted Mary's cat Lacy and will find her a new loving home. Mary also believed in loving mentorship and care for 2-18 year olds in foster care. If that cause speaks to you, please feel free to donate to raise the future,Colorado, in her name at Mary also believed in loving mentorship and care for 12-18 year olds in foster care.  If that cause speaks to you, please feel free to donate to Raise the Future, Colorado, in her name at

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Graveside Service
January 20, 2024

10:30 AM
Monument Cemetery
800 Beacon lite Road
Monument, CO 80132


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