Elizabeth Louise QuillenElizabeth Louise Quillen “Betty” passed away Sept. 28, 2013, in Grand Rapids, Minn., with her husband and children at her side.
Elizabeth Louise Quillen “Betty” passed away Sept. 28, 2013, in Grand Rapids, Minn., with her husband and children at her side.
Betty was born at home on the Mississippi River in Ball Club, Minn., on April 14, 1933, to Emil T. and Mary A. Rafinski Stangler.
She is survived by her husband, John P. Quillen and their six children: Steven (Anna), Tucson Ariz., Robert (Patti), Hermantown Minn., John, Hermanantown Minn., Joan (Bill) Quillen-Bruce, Grand Rapids Minn., Donald, Hermantown Minn., Debra (John) Cormier, Houston Texas; nine grandchildren (Steven, Travis, Ashley, Megan, Brittany, Nicole, Felecia, Patrick and Kevin); four great grandchildren; and her step-children, Steven, Amy, Andrew, Sabrina and their families. She is survived by seven sisters; three brothers and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, one infant sister and two brothers, David and Frankie.
Betty graduated from Deer River High School in 1952 and from the College of St. Scholastic Department of Nursing in September 1955. She was married to John P. Quillen from 1955-1985 and from February 2002 until her death. She was married to John (Jack) Wolfe from 1988-2001.
Betty was a caregiver her entire life and was the Head Nurse at the Miller Dwan Burn Center from its inception until her retirement in 1987. Her faith and her family were her foundation. She led a very active life and loved spending time in her vegetable and flower gardens and enjoyed baking, canning and sewing. She taught herself to read music and enjoyed playing the organ and singing, and comically she would say, “isn’t my voice just beautiful”. Betty loved working with stained glass and her masterpiece is the stained glass windows in the church at Ball Club, her final resting place.
Mom lived what she believed: Faith, Family, Love, Devotion, Sincerity, Honesty, Loyalty, Gratitude, and Generosity and we, her children, will never forget her and what she stood for.
“Betts” as she was lovingly referred to by her siblings, will be forever missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
VISITATION: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 4-6 p.m. in the Carroll Funeral Home in Deer River, with the Rosary at 5:30. The funeral service will be Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Deer River, Minn., with Father Paul Larson officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.
Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, Minn.
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