Polly Squire Quinn
1923 - 2016
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Polly Squire Quinn

Age: 93

Polly Squire Quinn died peacefully surrounded by family at the UVM Medical Center on October 27, 2016 at the age of 93. Polly was born on May 6, 1923 in Burlington, VT to Horace H. Squire and Ella Gordon. She lived in the Moretown/Waterbury Vermont area until graduating Waterbury High School in 1940. Polly attended college at Goddard until moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her B.A. in 1944 and M.A. in Library Science in 1946.

She married Paul Austin Quinn in 1946 and they lived in New York City for several years. After moving to Hinesburg Vermont in 1949 she worked as a librarian in the Billings Library at UVM. Polly and Paul welcomed four children into their family: Mike, Sara, Patty and Nina.

After leaving the Billings Library, she worked at Overlake Day School and later assisted her husband in his photography business.

Community and church were an integral part of Polly's life.

She was an active and dedicated member of the United Church of Hinesburg and the Carpenter-Carse Library. She served in many important roles and committees at both places including serving on the broader Ecumenical Councils. She was recognized by the State of Vermont with a Public Service Award for her many years of service to the town of Hinesburg and the State of Vermont in 2000.

Polly was a long-time breeder of Morgan Horses under the name of Heyday Morgans and they are well known coast to coast. She was a loyal and passionate servant to the Morgan Horse Breed both locally and nationally. Polly was recognized for this devotion with numerous awards including AMHA Morgan Hall of Fame, AMHA Women of the Year and AMHA Distinguished women.

Polly is survived by her children Mike Quinn and his wife Linda of Middlebury, VT, Sara Quinn of Hinesburg, VT, Patty Quinn Winter and her husband Andrew of Westminster, VT, and Nina R. Quinn of Hinesburg, VT; two grandchildren Erik Bauer of Coralitos, CA and Relief ("Lief") William Quinn of Middlebury, VT; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many close friends that were considered family.

Polly is preceded in death by her brother and sisters Horace Squire of Burlington, VT, Anne Squire of Waterbury, VT, Ruth Briggs of Essex Jct, VT, Doris Goss of Brattleboro, VT, Helen Evans of Dunedin FL and nephew Harry Briggs of Burlington, VT.

Visiting hours are scheduled for 3-8 pm on Wednesday November 2 at the United Church of Hinesburg (UCH) Parish Hall, 10570 Route 116, Hinesburg, VT.

The funeral is 2pm Thursday November 3rd at the United Church of Hinesburg with a reception to follow at the Parish Hall, UCH. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate Polly's wonderful life.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to (in Polly Quinn's name):

United Church of Hinesburg, 10570 Route 116, Hinesburg, VT 05461 or

UVM Morgan Horse Farm, 74 Battell Drive, Weybridge, VT 05753 or

Morgan Horse Heritage Foundation, c/o Anne C. Brown, 1380 Old Stage Rd., Westford, Vt 05494 Condolences can be sent to Quinn Family, P.O. Box 132, Hinesburg, VT 05461. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and support staff at the UVM Medical Center ER and McClure 5 for their care, dedication, support and kindness.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 30, 2016.
Memorial Gathering
at the Parish Hall, UCH
02:00 PM
United Church of Hinesburg
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November 14, 2016
My Aunt Polly was a warm, friendly, intelligent, and positive woman who made everyone in her life happy. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. She enriched my life and had a big heart.
As a child and teenager I remember how she opened her home to everyone during the holidays and other occasions. She also arranged annual dinners at her Hinesburg Church where the family had reunions every year. I have many happy memories of Thanksgiving celebrations with her and the family. It was through Polly's efforts that the family stayed in touch and stayed together. She was the family matriarch.
When Michael and I flew to Vermont to be married we were surprised and happy when Polly's smiling face greeted us at the Burlington Airport. She drove us to my parents' home in Essex Junction. We were so pleasantly surprised to see her that day.
She was a great role model for me. In fact, I became a librarian after learning that she had studied library science and had worked in several libraries. When I interviewed for my position at the Vermont Department of Libraries, the interview committee all perked up when I said Polly Quinn was my aunt.
I admired her love for and dedication to horses. Her family and my sister, Meggin, shared this passion. I'm afraid that I am terrified on a horse but I am glad the family has so many accomplished riders and committed horse lovers who have honored and carried on her tradition.
I really appreciated how much Polly cared for my mother, Ruth, as she approached the end of her life. She worked tirelessly to make sure Ruth was happy and had what she needed. Polly even attended a nursing home meeting with me to advocate on Ruth's behalf. She played that matriarch role by caring for all of her sisters, Helen, Doris, and Ruth. She frequently drove all the way to Florida to visit Helen and also made frequent visits to see Doris and Ruth.
I am grateful that Polly was my aunt. I also want to thank her for giving me four fun loving cousins Sara, Michael, Patty and Nina. I will miss Polly and she will surely be missed by the many whose lives she touched. I was deeply saddened that I didn't have an opportunity to see Polly one more time before her passing, but I am happy to know she was surrounded by her loving family who took great care of her in her last years and days.
May the happy memories everyone has of her and the love she gave to family and friends bring everyone comfort as we learn to live with her loss. I wish peace to all her family.
Lorraine Lanius
November 4, 2016
I spent most of my childhood at Quinn's.They probably have more pictures of me than my own parents. I am so sorry for your loss. She would take me along with her kids almost everywhere they would go.I believe my life was shaped by many of the experiences I had there. She is home now.
November 2, 2016
Polly was always a role model for me and I enjoyed working with her. She knew and appreciated the meaning of obligation.
November 2, 2016
Mrs Quinn,
Thank you for everything you did for me. I am so glad I was able to tell you this in person many times.
Karen Lavilette Sicard Merrill
Karen Merrill
November 1, 2016
Please accept my sincere condolences. I will always think of Polly's smile and kindness. She was an icon in the Morgan horse world.
Jacquelyn Marston
October 31, 2016
We will miss you Polly! Our condolences to the family.
Cindi Burns
October 31, 2016
I enjoyed all the time spent with Polly at Morgan events, committee meetings and the Museum. We frequently traveled together to these events and had wonderful conversations about Morgan history and current events. She was a great lady. Loved to pick her up at Heyday and visit with your wonderful horses, as she was frequently still out in the barn when I arrived. My condolences to all of your family.
Susan Nicholls
October 30, 2016
To Mike,Sara,Patty & Nina
I am so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was a special lady in the horse world, every horse person could learn a ton from her. I always admired her and her forever smile. She was so proud of all of you. You were blessed to have had such a fine mother. God Bless you all.
Mickki Ketcham
October 30, 2016
I'm so very sorry to hear of Polly's passing. She was such a lovely lady who I enjoyed visiting with either at AMHA or in town. Her love of Morgans certainly showed in her face when she was talking about them. She certainly will be missed.
Marlene Duell
October 30, 2016
I have many fond memories of conversations with Polly. So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady.
Kathy Moulton Kennett
October 30, 2016
Cindy Alvarado-Yeary
October 30, 2016
So sorry to hear of Polly's passing, Rik & I hold you in our thoughts during this sad time and wish the Quinn family all the best.
Marianna Holzer
October 29, 2016
So sorry to hear about Polly's passing. My condolences to Sara, Patty and Michael.
Michael Frye
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