In the flash of a moment, Martha Jane (Janie) Moe McQuinn, 87, passed from this life into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, January 23rd. She died unexpectedly at home of natural causes.
Janie was born May 25, 1926, in Glasgow, Montana, to Gustav Edwin and Carrye Neal Herring Moe. She grew up in Greenwood, Mississippi, where she married her high school sweetheart, Bill (William Charles McQuinn, M.D.). They both graduated from Greenwood High School. She went to college at "the W" (Miss. State College for Women) and Ole Miss and graduated from Sophie Newcomb College, while he studied medicine at Ole Miss and Tulane. They have remained in love throughout 67 years of marriage, living out their devotion and commitment to one another before family and friends.
Janie was predeceased by her parents and a brother who died in infancy. In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by her children, Martha Neal McQuinn, Rob and Carrye McQuinn Allen, all of Jackson; Dr. Chuck McQuinn and wife Kay Crampton of Seattle; and Liza McQuinn Joffrion of Nashville. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy: Jennifer Allen of Chattanooga; Dr. Michael and Emily Petersen Allen of Fort Lauderdale; Jonathan Allen of Ann Arbor, MI; Dr. Garland McQuinn and Luke McQuinn of Seattle; and Margaret Jane, Mary, and Sarah Joffrion of Nashville. She has relished being great grandmother to Jackson and Will Allen of Ft. Lauderdale.
Janie loved her family and friends exuberantly. She was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church where for 52 years she delighted in serving her Lord by leading the women's ministry, singing in the Sanctuary Choir and the JOY choir, teaching Sunday School, and praying and sharing life with her prayer group. She was known for her creative talents in cooking, sewing and embroidery. She was the leader of the largest Girl Scout troop in the state and a member of the district council. An avid reader, she claimed John Grisham as a son. A lifelong learner, she spoke Spanish and French and tackled conversational Italian at Millsaps in her 60's. She loved to travel, even in her late 70's thinking nothing of making a one or two-day trip to New York, alone or with her daughter Neal. She carried on years of correspondence with friends she had met in unlikely places. She kept ice cream treats for her mail carriers in a garage refrigerator. Her warmth and vitality drew others to her. Her joy is now complete in Jesus' embrace, and we await the grand reunion to come.
Visitations will be Sunday 3-5 PM and Monday 9:45-10:45 AM at Christ United Methodist Church and funeral at 11 AM Monday, also at the church. The graveside service will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park, 6000 Clinton Blvd. Wright & Ferguson (Downtown) has charge. Memorials may be made to "Mission Possible" at Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Rd., Jackson, MS 39211.
Published in Clarion Ledger from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2014