Billie Quinn

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On May 8th, 2017, Billie Virginia (Hazel) Quinn left this world for her well-earned rest leaving a few months shy of her 96th birthday. She led an enviable life, and for the most part, did exactly as she pleased. Born on August 29th, 1921, Billie Quinn was the third and youngest child born to Lillian (Meador) Hazel and Otis Christopher Hazel on the Meador family farm, Pineview, southeast of Willis, Texas. Billie graduated from Willis High School in 1938 at the age of sixteen, and began her college career at the University of Texas, initially studying law. At eighteen, Billie spent the summer in Colorado clerking for the law firm of Byron, "Whizzer," White, who would later be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President John F. Kennedy. After the start of World War II, Billie wanted to be closer to home. A gifted math student, she completed a degree in accounting from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 1942. Her first job was as a bookkeeper in a field office for Humble Oil (later Exxon). In 1944, Billie was recruited by IBM management and trained in White Plains, New York. During the last years of World War II, she was posted to the IBM office in Galveston, which closely collaborated with the Naval base there. In essence, she was a white-collar version of "Rosie the Riveter," taking on the then-traditionally male role as General Manager for the IBM Galveston office. In Galveston, she met a handsome Lt. Commander stationed at the naval base, Charles Quinn. Bishop John E. Hines married Billie Hazel and Charles Quinn at St. James Episcopal Church in Conroe, Texas on August 27, 1946. During the years that Charles Quinn completed a Pharmacy degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Billie taught school. The Quinns returned to Conroe, and Charles Quinn opened Quinn's Drug Store on the Square. Billie and Charles raised 4 children, Charles Quinn, Jr., Patrick (Rick) Donahue Quinn, William (Bill) Christopher Quinn, and Martha (Missy) Margaret Quinn. Always an avid contract bridge player, Billie began playing competitive "duplicate" bridge in tournaments around the country and even abroad, achieving the title of "Life Master" in 1990. Cooking was another passion. For several years, she combined the two, and ran a weekly duplicate bridge game at the parish hall of St. James, which included a sit-down gourmet lunch for as many as 40 bridge players. She often said, "I'm a much better cook than a game director. The players really come for the food." Charles Quinn, Sr., Rick Quinn preceded Billie in death, as did her sister and brother, Oree (Hazel) Bozman and Thurston Stanley Hazel, Sr. She is survived by her sons, Charles Quinn, Jr. and Bill Quinn of Conroe, her daughter, Martha (Missy) Quinn of Austin, and her granddaughter, Adrienne Quinn of Houston, as well as several beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family. Billie will be warmly remembered for her gift for entertaining, her intelligence and insight, and her keen wit. Services will be graveside at Garden Park Cemetery, Conroe, Texas, at 11 a.m. on June 2, 2017. You are invited to view our webpage and leave written tributes to the family at cashnerconroe.com


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