Patsy Guenther - Austin Funeral & Cremation Services

Patsy Guenther

Born: June 23, 1934
Died: March 30, 2020
Current City: Nashville, Tennessee

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Honoring Patsy Guenther

Patsy Guenther passed away in her home on March 30, 2020. Born and raised in Clinton, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Hobart Jane Hoskins Burress and Hobart E. Burress. Her parents; her sister, Iva Deane Burress Harber and her brothers, Esco and Louis Burress, preceded her in death. She was 85 years old.

After graduating from Clinton High School and working for The Clinton Courier, Patsy earned her bachelor’s degree at Carson-Newman College. She moved to Nashville in 1957 to accept a position as assistant editor of Open Windows and later served as editor of Church Library Magazine, both are publications of The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (now LifeWay Christian Resources). After completing her master’s degree work in English at George Peabody College for Teachers (now Peabody College of Vanderbilt University), Patsy taught English at Peabody College while completing work for her Specialist in Education degree. She also was an English professor at Columbia State Community College for four years and ended her professional career as the Tennessee director of federal elementary and secondary innovative education programs. She retired from the Tennessee Department of Education in 1977

Patsy is survived by her husband, James P. Guenther; her son, Stephen Guenther, and Jeff and Valerie Guenther and Jeff’s children, Matthew and Erin Guenther. She also will be missed by a host of caring friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Nashville.

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