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“To Janet's family: We were fortunate to have met Janet, I was lucky to have worked with Janet at the old firehouse in Milford until she retired. Even...Read More »
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“Dear cousins Richard,Karen,and Charles,We apologize for missing the Delaware service for your mom and want to express how sad we were to hear of your...Read More »
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“Ms Janet was a sweet Lady I enjoyed cleaning her home. I'm going to miss her nd Samantha nd beau ”
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“With sincere condolences to all family members and friends of Janet. ”
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“My deepest sympathy to the (Smith) Quinn Families. May the God of all comfort (Psalms 83;18) help you during these difficult times. ”
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Janet Elaine Smith Quinn, age 82, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Milford, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
She was born in Buffalo, NY to Wilfred Winter and LouEtta Bennett Smith. She was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School, class of 1952, a graduate of The Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1955, and went on to become a registered nurse, working for the State of Delaware until her retirement in 1996. After retirement she enjoyed volunteering at local nursing and retirement homes to help brighten the days of the residents.
Janet was unselfish and generous, always putting the needs of others before her own. She persevered with an attitude of "That's life" and moved on despite the obstacles. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind and had a gentle way of telling it like it was. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting and crossword puzzles. She also liked to be on the computer keeping up with family via Facebook and playing mahjong and slots.
She especially liked to travel. She enjoyed simple road trips, lakeside family vacations in Canada, extended European vacations and trips to Alaska and Hawaii. Her most celebrated trip was taking her children and their families on a surprise vacation out west to see the Grand Canyon and surrounding National Parks.
She fulfilled a dream of hers to live on the water, purchasing a home along the Delaware Bay. She often held family gatherings, creating unforgettable memories for all who attended. Janet enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends no matter the occasion. She was happiest when we were all together. Family was an important part of her life. She cherished the opportunity to create memories for her children. She would often say money comes and goes but memories are forever. So for that, she leaves behind a wealth of riches.
Her spirited personality, kind heart and infectious smile will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard J. Quinn, parents Wilfred and LouEtta, uncle and aunt George R. and Gertrude Smith, brother-in-law William B. Flynn, and step great-grandson James L. Moore, III.
She is survived by her three children, Richard A. (Susan) Hughes of Oswego, NY, Karen M. (James, Sr.) Moore of Utica, MS, and Charles L. (Renee) Hughes of Wilmington, DE; six grandchildren, Michael Hughes, Kelsey Hughes, Ashlee Moore, AJ Moore, Emily Hughes and Carson Hughes; four stepchildren, Mary (Chris) King of Bel Air, MD, Brian (Teresa) Quinn of Kennedyville, MD, David (Sharon) Quinn of Church Hill, MD and Scott Quinn of Kennedyville, MD; eight step grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren and one step great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are her siblings, Nancy S. Flynn of Bristow, VA, Geoffrey A. (Rose) Smith of Zephyrhills, FL, Craig B. (Charlotte) Smith of Lewes, DE, Dana S. (Karen) Smith of Dana Point, CA, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is also survived by Beau and Samantha, her beloved black cats and constant companions.
The family would like to express special thanks to her friend, Terri Sullivan, for the kind and unwavering care and love she showed Janet.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Valley Funeral Care, Beeson Chapel, 412 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809, where friends may visit with the family from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 37022, Boone IA 50037, American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Rd. Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or a local animal shelter.