Shirley E. McGuire, a former bookkeeper who enjoyed baking, died July 3 from complications of a stroke at North Arundel Health and Rehabilitation Center in Glen Burnie. She was 94.

Shirley Elaine Mills was born in Baltimore, the daughter of Clarence W. Mills, founder of C. Mills Inc. Horse Transportation, and Naomi Glenn Mills McGuire, a homemaker.


She spent her early years in Rock Hall, then returned to Baltimore, where she graduated in 1941 from Eastern High School.

In 1942, she married Edward L. Dashiell Jr. and returned to Rock Hall, and worked at Bonnett’s Department Store in Chestertown. The marriage ended in divorce.

She later married Robert W. McGuire Sr., an Overhead Door Co. estimator and installer, and they moved in 1964 to Ready Avenue in Govans. She worked for Overhead Door Co., and later as a bookkeeper for her father’s horse transportation business in the C. Mills Inc. Horse Transportation business, in Laurel.They later moved to Glen Burnie.

Mrs. McGuire enjoyed sewing and was also known for her cookies. She was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Rock Hall.

Services are private.

In addition to her husband of 42 years, she is survived by a daughter, Carolyn M. Jones of Rock Hall; two stepsons, Robert W. McGuire Jr. of Westminster and Thomas W. McGuire of Hampstead; a stepdaughter, Nancy Lance of Pikesville; a brother, Glenn Mills of Reedville, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A son, Edward L. Dashiell Jr., died in 2015.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen