Quick, Mary Evelyn Jones
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Mary Evelyn Quick was born in Carrollton, Missouri on October 13, 1918, the seventh of eight children born to Mary Lou and Benjamin Franklin Jones. Mary was close to her family and particularly to her four sisters, two of whom survive her - Clara Lowry and Benny Sorensen. She graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri where she was a member of the honorary society for women. During college she met and fell in love with Oswald Jackson Quick, a Southern Baptist missionary to China and Army chaplain. They were married and after World War II became missionaries to Quilin, China. In 1951 they went to Taiwan as missionaries and remained there until they retired in 1987. Mary loved the Lord and spent her life helping those in need. She loved music and played the piano and organ at church and worked with choir each Sunday as well as during the week. She spent countless hours ministering to others both overseas and here in the United States. Even when illness took her ability to speak, she found ways to comfort and care for others. She was a woman of high integrity, quiet conviction, and faith who never sought the spotlight and always put others first. On February 18, 2010 Mary went to be with the Lord, whose love she had shared all of her life with other, while surrounded by her five children. Mary was a loving mother, role model, and friend and is survived by eleven grandchildren and five children: Mary Lou Aleck (Phoenix Arizona); John Quick (Kansas City, Missouri); Tim Quick (Simi Valley, California); Linda Quick (Atlanta, Georgia); and Sally Bolme (Mesa, Arizona). Over the past four years, Mary received loving care from the owners and staff at Active Care Homes of Scottsdale - Crinuta and Gheorghe Gavrila, and Semidia and Violeta Semea - to whom the family extends our utmost gratitude. The family expresses special thanks to Thomas Cuomo, M.D. and Carolyn Langille for their care of our mother. Services will be held at the North Phoenix Baptist Church (5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ) on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Contributions may be sent in lieu of flowers to Hospice of the Valley (1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ).
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 21, 2010