Helen  Quinlan

Obituary of Helen Quinlan

            Helen V. Quinlan, 97, of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017, at her Cedarhurst home in Jacksonville.  She was born October 25, 1920, in Morgan County, the daughter of John Francis and Mayme German Tobin.  She married Lawrence J. “Bud” Quinlan on February 9, 1943, at the Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, and he preceded her in death on August 14, 1995.

            Helen is survived by four children, Mary Reilly (Kent Dawson, deceased) of Jacksonville, Carol (Jim) Marker of Centerville, Ohio, Larry (Barbara) Quinlan of Charleston, and Mike Quinlan of Springfield; eight grandchildren, Patrick, Elizabeth, Brian, Christopher, Joseph, Joanna, Claire, and Quinn; 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by one son, John Quinlan (surviving wife Karen of Hinkley), two sisters, Marie Lahey and Louise Stambaugh, and three brothers, Donald Tobin, Edward Tobin, and Fred William Tobin.

            Helen was a homemaker, worked as a secretary for the Morgan County Child Welfare Service, and worked as a clerk at several local stores, including the Cinderella Shop.  In addition, Helen was a licensed real estate broker.  Helen had attended Hardin Brown Business College and was a lifelong member of the Church of Our Saviour and an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society.  She was an avid bridge player, loved to travel, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

            The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers and staff at Cedarhurst for their compassionate and attentive care, and offer a special thank you to Reg Warga for his everlasting dedication to Helen.

            A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at the Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, with burial at Calvary Cemetery.  A prayer service will be conducted at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Williamson Funeral Home, after which the family will meet friends from 5 to 7 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to the Quinlan Family Scholarship at Routt Catholic High School or the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com