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Irma Guy

Irma G. Guy

September 26, 1932 - July 12, 2020
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.Irma G. Guy of Annapolis, MD passed away at her home on July 12, 2020. Irma was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth H. Guy, Jr and her beloved sister Catherine Kramer. She is survived by her three daughters, Nancy (Richard) Guy Freeman, Patricia Guy Mahaffey, Judith (Doug) Guy Gardner; five grandchildren, Travis Mahaffey, Morgan Mahaffey, Emily Freeman, Josie Gardner and Nicole (Matt) Popen; and two great-grandsons, Casey and Sam.
Irma was born in Buffalo, NY to the late Edward and Catherine Trometer. She met her husband, Ken, on a blind date and they both immediately realized they had found "The One." They married soon after and started their family.
Ken’s job moved them first to Laurel, MD then to Bel Air in Harford County, MD where they built a home and raised their daughters. In 1977, Ken’s job moved them back to western New York for a few years before they returned to Bowie, MD.
In the early years of their marriage, Irma supported Ken as he worked to obtain both his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Maryland. During this time, Irma also attended the University of Maryland and later received her associate degree from Harford Community College – something she was very proud of. She was a devout Christian and supported many Lutheran and Methodist charities. She was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Bowie.
After Ken’s death in 1987, Irma moved to Heritage Harbour in Annapolis where she lived for 30 years until her death. Irma joined and then led groups for the Widowed Persons Support Group and Parents Without Partners – helping others navigate the difficult journey through grief. She became very active at Heritage Harbour, serving on several homeowners’ association committees. She made many dear friends there, including many she met through her dedicated and engaging participation in the welcoming committee. She frequently drove other residents to doctor appointments and brought supplies to a local women’s shelter.
Irma loved to play bridge and played with several bridge groups. After playing a winning round of bridge, she would often call her daughters to casually mention how well she had just done. She was a regular with her Pay-Me group and was active in the Heritage Harbour Dining Club. It was about this time that she met Ross Macaulay who became a significant part of her life. She became very close to his family and they stayed an important part of her life even after his death.
Irma loved her daughters, their spouses, and her grandchildren. Christmas at her house cherished by everyone in the family. She took each of her grandchildren shopping individually for birthday and Christmas gifts, spending afternoons in the mall and going out to lunch. Her organizational skills were unparalleled, and her lists were always at the ready. She read her newspaper faithfully, keeping up with current events and clipping articles to share. She texted on her iPhone with a creative and somewhat excessive use of emojis, and often invented new abbreviations that made her family chuckle. Her family and friends knew her as someone who always had enough time to find out how you were doing. She was rarely in a hurry and knew how to make people feel special. Irma was generous with her time, attention, and resources. She quietly served those she knew and made a difference for so many. She left the world a far better place because she was here.
A visitation will be held on Friday, July 17 from 3 until Irma’s funeral service begins at 4:30 pm at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD. In compliance with CDC guidelines, all guests are reminded to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bowie Food Pantry, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Suite 134, Bowie, MD 20715.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm
    When
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm
    Location
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    Address
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
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  • Service

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 4:30pm
    When
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 4:30pm
    Location
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    Address
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Sally Ehrle

Posted at 11:46am
Irma was always willing to meet new people and make them feel welcome. I chaired the Heritage Harbour welcome committee for a few years and Irma was a visitor. She was one of the most open and friendly people I've met; Irma exuded enthusiasm. She will be remembered by many. Sally Ehrle
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Bonnie, Bob, Don, Gerald, Mike, Ben, and Gracie

Posted at 01:46pm
In memory of and thanks for our aunt, friend, and inspiration. No words are adequate. To our dear family, our love and prayers are with you always.
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Linda Cooper

Posted at 11:39am
And the beat goes on, the baton is passed - and we are all the better for her leading so many into such acts of kindness and generosity of spirit in fulfillment of the Christian call to go forth and serve. Irma welcomed all warmly, gave generously, shepherded her family well such that they also reached out to others in a generous and loving spirit. She was blessed; she was a blessing.May peace, love, and comfort wrap her passing in loving memories as you each step into the role of being the family "elders" and carrying the torch forward to light the way for those who follow.
In loving memory, Linda Cooper

Jeanne Woodward

Posted at 10:30pm
Irma was a wonderful friend and neighbor. We enjoyed her immensely! She loved coming over to see our grandchildren, sit and have a chat with us and always loved the gardens. She would invite us over often and we had many enjoyable conversations.

I will miss her calling me on the phone, "Hello, my dear" and listening to her stories of her family and how much they meant to her. She would come to our estate sales and to our shop, not necessarily to purchase anything, but just to stop by so she could spend more time with us. It always made me smile when she did this.

She knew how to make people know that they were important to her. Irma was well loved!

I will miss her dearly.
Jeanne Woodward
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Bob & Jeanne Woodward

Posted at 09:20pm
Our warmest condolences & wish the family peace during this sad time. We loved Irma! She was such a great neighbor! We will miss her.
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