Dorothy Marie Quinn Foster
Dorothy Marie Quinn Foster died at her son's home in Dayton, NV on November 14, 2012 at the age of 101. The only child of Allen and Jennie (Lewis) Quinn, she was born June 5, 1911 and lived in Shalersville until the family moved to California where she graduated from the 8th grade.
They then returned to Ohio and she graduated from Ravenna High School. Dorothy attended Bliss Business College in Columbus and St. Luke's Nursing School but chose to devote her life to her husband and family.
She was introduced by some friends to Carl, who was "peacefully painting scenery" for a class play at the Mantua Center Civic Center and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage together.
She is survived by their six children: Alan (Mickey) of Port Orchard, Washington: Robert (Rae Marie) of Dayton, Nevada; Frank (Rose) of Wapato, WA: Ellen Monroe (Tom) of Mantua: Mary Lou Dungan (Hal) of Montgomery Village, MD and Nora Brant (Cal) of Mantua and a first cousin, JoAnn Tillett of Shalersville.
Dorothy and her husband were western square dancers and members of Western
Whirlers in Kent, Greasy Hubs in Solon, Joes and Does in Mantua, Broken Wheels in Kirtland, Circulators in Ravenna , Maple Leaf Squares and Maple Town Squares in Geauga County. They also taught 4H dancers and prepared them for state competitions. She loved to play "Around the Corner" card game and countless babies have been warmed by her crocheted afghans.
An avid reader, Dorothy believed one could travel anywhere while reading a good book. While listening to national spelling bee competitions on the radio, she underlined her own Webster's with words that stumped contestants and used them as she pronounced countless words to challenge her own children and others practicing for the school spelling bees.
Dorothy had 27 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren and was loved for feeding them Klondike bars for breakfast "because that is what they said they wanted." Following Carl's death in 1988, she moved to Dayton, NV to live near her son, Robert and his wife, Rae Marie, who were devoted caregivers and enabled Dorothy to continuously feel the love of her family. She began attending lunch activities at the Dayton Senior Center and soon accepted a job there in the kitchen which she held until she was well into her 90's. A former member of both the Shalersville Methodist Church and the Mantua Center Christian Church, following her move to Nevada she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1988, and her granddaughter, Meghan Brant, in 1996. The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Dayton Valley Senior Center, 320 Old Dayton Valley Road, Dayton NV 89403. Final arrangements will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Services in Mantua.
(Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service, 330-274-3145 RC 12-2-12)