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VANDALIA, Ohio -- Iris Ruby McGuffin (nee Nash), age 88, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, at Cottingham Retirement Community in Cincinnati.

She was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Lewis County, to Arthur Harrison Nash and Flora (nee Strode).

She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and George Turner, in Fleming County. She graduated from Fleming County High School in 1949. She attended Mayo Clinic School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn. from 1949 to 1951 and became a registered nurse.

She married Roy Elmer McGuffin Dec. 18, 1954. Iris and Roy set up housekeeping in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was widowed early in life and never remarried. She raised two children on her own, and through her financial sacrifice, her children graduated from college with honors. She was a strong woman who insisted that her children be independent and self-supporting.

Iris worked at Mercy Hospital in Portsmouth from 1954 to 1958. She and Roy moved to Vandalia, Ohio in 1958, where she lived for 56 years. She worked as a registered nurse at Stouder Hospital in Troy, Ohio, Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, Franklin Nursing Center in Vandalia, Ohio, Grace Brethren Village in Englewood, Ohio and as Director of Nursing at Washington Manor North in Dayton, Ohio.

Iris was preceded in death by her mother, Flora (nee Strode); father, Arthur Harrison Nash; uncle, George Turner and aunt, Elizabeth Turner (nee Strode); sisters, Myrtle Mae and Dorothy Elizabeth; brothers, Frank Pettus, Herbert Harrison, Howard Douglas; and husband, Roy E. McGuffin.

She is survived by her sisters, Fanny Elner Arrasmith (nee Nash), Mary Evelyn Arrasmith (nee Nash); daughter, Lois A. Varvares (nee McGuffin/Kiproff); son, Roy E. McGuffin; grandchildren, Christopher M. Kiproff and George W. Kiproff (Kristen, nee Cochran); step-grandchildren, Lesley Woenker (nee Varvares) (Donald), Nicholas Varvares (Sharon, nee Aguilar), great-grandchild, Naomi Woenker' and many nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed ceramics, sewing, rock collecting, travel and working in her yard.

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The family will receive friends, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Morton and Whetstone 139 South Dixie Dr. Vandalia, Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Fr. John Tonkin officiating.

Interment will follow at Dayton Memorial Park, 8135 North Dixie Drive, Dayton. Ohio.

Memorials may be made to the U.S. Treasury National WWII Memorial Trust Fund or alz.org.

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