Jeffaline Quinn passed peacefully with family on July 28, 2014, after sustaining many medical setbacks following the death of her husband, Jim, seven months previously. Beautiful hymns were sung at bedside before her passing, hymns that Jeffaline taught her musically talented daughter Kelly. Jeffaline was born June 30, 1937 in her grandfather's house in Sadler, Texas, three months after the passing of her father, Jeff. Her mother Lillian named her only girl Jeffaline in honor of her deceased father. Jeffaline would eventually grow tired of telling the story about her unusual name and make wry jokes about how her life was not as sad as people thought.
At the age of three months, Jeffaline and her widowed 22 year old mother moved to Dallas, where Jeffaline spent most of her life, and graduated from North Dallas High School at the age of 16. At age ten her mother married her stepdad Claude, and gave her a little brother, David with whom Jeff was smitten. Jeff met her soulmate, Jim Quinn, at Republic National Bank of Dallas. They married within a year and were together 55 years. Jeffaline was musically gifted and sang in the choir at Royal Haven Baptist Church, as well as working in the church nursery and teaching Sunday School. She played piano, and Jeffaline and Jim nurtured their talented daughter's musical education and development. Jeff was also talented at dancing and performed well into her 70's. Both Jeff and Jim shared troubled beginnings in life and rallied together to a create a thriving and close family for their two children, Mike and Kelly Quinn, and eventually five grandchildren of whom they were immensely proud. Jeffaline also was a cancer survivor and advocate for cancer research. In 1996, Jeff and Jim moved to Sun City Georgetown to move closer to their grandchildren in Lakeway and San Antonio, and participated in groups and activities in Sun City, as well as making it to as many athletic and musical events in Lakeway and Alamo Heights that they could.
In recent years, Jeffaline dedicated her life to caring for Jim, who was suffering from progressive dementia. During the course of his last three months of hospitalizations and skilled nursing care, numerous health care professionals noted Jeffaline's amazing ability to care for her declining husband, which had been a daunting task.
The family is grateful to St David's Hospital in Georgetown for the extraordinary care of Jim and Jeffalline over the years. Dr. Esther Fields and the nursing staff were exemplary over the past several weeks, and the Quinn clan will always be grateful for their compassionate and excellent care.
Jeffaline is survived by her brother and sister in law, Dave and Maureen McCarley; nephew and niece Chris and Emily McCarley; son and daughter in law, Mike and Nora Quinn; daughter Kelly Quinn, and grandchildren Josh, Sean, and Jonathan O'Brien; and Kevin and Megan Quinn. She will also be missed by Mike and Nora's oldest, Jette, her husband Eric, and great-grandchildren Royal and Fynn Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, Jeffaline asked that donations be made to foundations supporting research of Alzheimer's Disease and cancer, as well as contributions to the Salvation Army.
Graveside services will be at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Dallas, August 15th at 1:00 pm.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2014