Saturday, April 16, 2016

Scroggins, Dorothy Dean (Guinee) (19 May 1934 - 16 Apr 2014) [4512:M].

Scroggins, Dorothy Dean (Guinee) (19 May 1934 - 16 Apr 2014) [4512:M].
Daughter of Scroggins, Douglas ( - ) [4468:M] [FS:].
Daughter of Scroggins, Libby Powell ( - ) [4483:M] [FS:].
Widow of Guniee, Vincent Joseph (1 Aug 1931 - 25 Nov 2008) [4538:M] [FS:].
Scranton Times, Dorothy Dean Guinee, 18 Apr 2016 [Legacy]
(Updated 18 Apr 2016).

Dorothy Dean Guinee, 81, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, April 16, 2016, at St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home in Elmhurst Twp., where she had been a resident for the past nine months. She was preceded in death by beloved husband, Col. Vincent J. Guinee Jr. [4538:M] (USMC),  with whom she shared 47 happy years.

Born in Tallassee, Ala., on May 19, 1934, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Douglas [4468:M] and Libby Powell [4483:M] Scroggins. Dorothy graduated from Tallassee High School and after earning a full scholarship, graduated from St. Margaret's School of Nursing in New Orleans. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1958 and served as a registered nurse at numerous postings in the formative days of the Air Force/NASA Project Mercury manned space program from 1958-1961. While stationed in Japan, she met her future spouse, Vincent Joseph, of New York City. Selected for promotion to captain, Dorothy separated from the USAF in 1962 upon her marriage to Vincent.

Dorothy and her family moved numerous times, domestically and abroad, over the next 30 years due to her husband's career in the Marine Corps. As family obligations permitted, she continued her work as an RN with tenures at the State Correctional Facility, Haymarket, Va.; Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Hospital at Chievres Air Base, Belgium; Lorton Correction Facility, Lorton, Va.; and the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute in Cresson.

Raised in most humble beginnings, Dorothy was a true southern belle, and she never lost her soft southern accent or her southern hospitality. Dorothy was fiercely independent and devoted to her family and friends. She had an infectious laugh, boundless energy and unmatched generosity. Her virtuous life was marked by endless self-sacrifice, and the example she set was a constant source of inspiration for her children, grandchildren and friends. She will be sadly and forever missed.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home for the kindness and compassionate care given to Dorothy during her stay there.

Surviving are the lights of her life, her five children, Vincent III and wife, Angela, Reston, Va.; Patricia Henriques and husband, Errol, Woodbridge, Va.; Theresa Hinton and husband, Timothy, Dickson City; Patrick and wife, Jennifer, Pittsburgh; and Megan, Boiling Springs, S.C.; and her 14 grandchildren, Vincent, Rachel and Jessica Guinee, Matthew and Joseph Henriques, Sara, John, Emily and Daniel Hinton and Caitlin, Bridget, Patrick, Brendan and Liam Guinee.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James Scroggins [4513:M].

The funeral will be Wednesday with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton. Friends and family may call at the church from 10:30 until Mass time. Interment will take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va.

Arrangements, Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.

Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 18, 2016

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