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Mary Nell Verser Quartararo
April 27, 1923 - June 27, 2015

Mary Nell Verser Quartararo, 92, of Canyon Lake, Texas, formerly of Bay City, Texas, peacefully passed away on June 27, 2015, at Eden Hill Community Senior Living Nursing Home in New Braunfels, Texas.

Mary Nell was born on April 27, 1923, in Bay City, to Hubert and Martha Moll Verser. She was a longtime resident of Bay City and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She attended North Texas State University. After working for Amaco Oil Company for 30 years, she retired and moved to Canyon Lake, Texas. Mary Nell married Charles Quartararo, and they were married 25 years.

Mary Nell and Charlie joined Canyon Lake United Methodist Church. She enjoyed water aerobics, bridge club and garden club.

Mary Nell is survived by her husband, Charles Quartararo Jr. of Canyon Lake; her son, Larry Wayne Shaffer of Amarillo, Texas; daughter, Faith Robin Michaels, formerly Linda Shaffer of Austin, Texas; grandson, Casey Michael Miska of New Braunfels; granddaughter, Courtney Robin Wright and husband Nile Wright IV; and great grandson, Nile Wright V of Austin, Texas; sister, Martha Louise Breeden and husband Bobby Breeden of Lake Jackson; niece, Susan Breeden of Houston; nephew, Lee Haring of Bellaire, Texas; step-son, Chuck Quartararo of Sweetwater, Texas; and step-daughter, Patty Quartararo of Wimberley, Texas.

Mary Nell was preceded in death by her parents, H.A. Verser and Martha Verser; her sister, Anna Lee Walters; nephews, David Breeden and Bob Haring; sisters-in-law, Mary Marino of Houston and Catherine Salvaggio of Houston; and brother-in-law, Virgil Quartararo of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, Texas, under the direction of Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in Canyon Lake, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, July 1, 2015                           Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Lynn Quillin

July 23, 1933 - January 21, 2015

Lynn Quillin, 81, of Bay City, TX, took his last flight home on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, when he passed away in Webster, TX, following a short illness. 

A trained U.S. Air Force pilot, Reservist and Air Force Academy Admissions Officer, he was known for his joy of taking friends and visitors up in his Cessna, to see his adopted Gulf Coast community of Bay City, TX.

He was born on a farm in Depression era rural Fouke, AK, on July 23, 1933, to schoolteacher, Austin Albert Quillin and avid reader, Rachel Ophelia Lynn, their fourth and last child.  An exceptionally gifted child, he skipped a grade and graduated Fouke High School at 17.  Anyone who knew him certainly knew he reveled as a graduate of the University of Arkansas (1955) with a B.A. and minor in Architecture.

He then married Mary Josephine Moore on Monday, April 2, 1956, because they did not want to marry on April Fool’s Day.  The two departed the next day for Bartow Air Force Base, FL, where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant.  After attending flight school, he served at multiple bases before being stationed in K-6 Pyongtaek, Korea.  He held this service dear, and often spoke of his love of the Korean people, and its children especially.

Lynn and Jo ran Bay City Office Supply for over 40 years and he was always open to dispense advice from his “open concept” office in the store.   His community service was legendary, including Jaycees, Kiwanis, Bay City School Board, Matagorda General Hospital Board, Bay City Public Library Board, and the Matagorda County Democratic Party, of which he received a lifetime award in 2014, for over 50 years of service.  Indeed, his store was the Democratic Meeting location for most of its 40 years.

Lynn is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jo; his three daughters, Jennifer Maxwell (Sonny), Kathleen Nathan (Keith) and Elizabeth Quillin; three beloved grandchildren, John Austin, Joseph Dane and Katherine “Kate” Lyndsey Nathan; his sister, Theresa Webb of El Campo, TX; and brother, Austin Albert Quillin (Sibble) of Rockwall, TX.  He is also survived by his much-loved nieces and nephews, Paul Webb, Brenda Lanier, Carla Lovelace, Lisa Webb, Judy Stohle, Bob Quillin and Ed Quillin; nine grand-niece and nephews; and 13 great-grand-niece and nephews.

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Alma Quillin Lanier; as well as his brothers-in-law, Emmet Lanier and Paul Dewey Webb.  

A military funeral will be held Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 12:30 p.m., at U.S. National Cemetery,  10410   Veteran›s Memorial Drive, Houston, TX. 

A memorial and celebration of his life will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 2321 Ave. F, Bay City, TX. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bay City Public Library or the Matagorda Regional Medical Foundation.

More information can be found at

Bay City Tribune, January 28, 2015

Margie “Mimi” Legg Quinn
September 9, 1930 - January 24, 2016

Margie “Mimi” Legg Quinn, 85, of Bay City, Texas, gained her heavenly angel wings, as she truly was an angel here on Earth. She went to be with her Lord on a beautiful Sunday morning, January 24, 2016

She was born September 9, 1930, in Markham, Texas, to the late Richard Hubert Legg and Carrie Lowe Legg. She worked at Goodrich, Jerry’s Flying Service, and Western Gulf. She was a caretaker by nature, as she cared for all that she encountered.

She was preceded in death by one son, Rex Quinn Jr.; and her husband of 61 years, Wayne Rex Quinn

Survivors include her son, Dick Quinn; grandchildren, Brooke Burns and husband Taylor, Hallie Filis and husband Daniel; great-grandchildren, Camille and Quinn Burns, and Rhys Filis; sisters, Norma “Baby” McDonald and Billie Joye “Nana” Suffling; extended family included, the Birkner, Wright, Maglitto, Wimberly, and Dennard families. Additional loved ones include, E.T. Hubbard and family, Jessica Wied and family, A.J. McCreary, and Kolt and Savannah Kelly, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was also always surrounded by a host of friends.

Her hobbies included volunteering, reading, playing games, and most importantly, loving her family. Her family and friends were her world and she enjoyed time visiting and listening, while sipping on a cup of hot coffee. Margie is a member of First Baptist Church in Bay City and especially loved her Sunday school class. She was also, a member of the MRMC auxiliary. She took pride in being a Pink Lady for over 20 years.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2016, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Bay City, with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Crayden Dennard, Mark Dennard, Mike Maglitto, Johnny Wikoff, David Cartwright, Buzzie Romine, A.J. McCreary and Lamar Evans.

Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Law, Louie Ziegenhals, Denis O’Brien, Wyatt Birkner, J.W. Kelley and Otis “Bubba” Birkner.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at MRMC, Dr. Chao at Kindred, along with the respiratory team, Uche, Kim, and Cindy in ICU. To our family friend and caretaker, Willie Bonner, thank you very much for helping Margie when needed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at, or The Benevolence Fund at The First Baptist Church, 2321 Ave. F, Bay City, Texas 77414.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas. 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, January 27, 2016

Mrs. T. E. Quinn – Ovie Warner Quinn

Our hearts have been made sad by the untimely going of Mrs. Tommie Lee Quinn who was born in Bell County, Texas, in January 1912, and died on last Wednesday night after having suffered for many months because of a dread disease for which there seemed to be no earthly cure.

Mrs. Quinn moved from Central to Southern Texas in 1918. In her girlhood she became a Christian and a member of the Baptist Church. In 1932 she was married to Mr. Tommie Lee Quinn and to this union was born two children, Allen Dean, the son and Betty Lea, the little daughter.

Mrs. Quinn is survived by her husband and her two little children, by her mother, Mrs. Parley Warner, two sisters, Mrs. Inez Graham, of Bland and Mrs. Oma Kline of Victoria and by four brothers, H. O. Warner of Fort Worth, Hugh Warner of Raymondville, James Warner of Huntsville and Chester Warner who is now in the service of his country. Many are her friends who together with other relatives lament her so early going. She lived a quiet modest humble life giving her best for her home and her loves ones. Her living and abiding faith was an outstanding characteristic of her life even in the darkest hours.

Palacios Beacon, October 2, 1941

Samuel A. Quinn & Fern E. Quinn - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Wayne Rex Quinn

November 25, 1925 – June 20, 2014

Wayne Rex Quinn, 88, of Bay City passed away June 20, 2014.

He was born November 25, 1925 in Houston, TX, to the late Sam A. Quinn and Fern Dow Quinn. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired from Phillips Petroleum as a Coordinator.

He was preceded in death by one son, Rex Quinn, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margie Legg Quinn; son, Dick Quinn; grandchildren, Brooke Burns and husband Taylor and Hallie Filis and husband Daniel; great-grandchildren, Camille and Quinn Burns and Rhys Filis; sisters, Sammie Wright and Mary Lou Birkner and husband Jack; extended family, E. T., Kayla and Case, Jessica, Dustin and Jaxon, A. J., Savanna and Kolt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also always surrounded by a host of friends. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, cast iron cooking, rock polishing, and making jewelry, clocks, and lamps from deer antlers. His family and friends were his world, and he enjoyed time visiting, while sitting at the table with a cup of hot coffee paired with a sweet treat. Rex is a member of First Christian Church in Bay City and a life member of the VFW Post 2438.

The family received friends and relatives from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday, June 23, 2014, at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel with Dr. Mike Zimmerman officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Gary Green, Allen Green, Bill Newton, Johnny Wikoff, Crayden Dennard, Matt Caldwell, Buzzy Romine, Henry Green and Mark Dennard.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Joe Cannon, Zip Braden, Billy Earl Robertson and John Ideas.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at The Legacy, MRMC, Dr. Lewis, and Leticia. To our family friend and caretaker, Willie Bonner, thank you very much for improving Rex’s quality of life and for all that you did for him during his final years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW Post 2438 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 269, Bay City, Texas 77414.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, June 25, 2014

William David Quinn Sr.

May 19, 1950 - May 11, 2015

William David Quinn Sr., 64, of Port Lavaca, Texas, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015.

He was born in El Campo, Texas, on May 19, 1950, to Evelyn Fay Quinn and the late Clyde Sylvester Quinn Sr. David proudly served in the United States Navy. He retired from the United States Postal Service and attended Alamo Heights Baptist Church. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Tanner Quinn; mother, Evelyn Quinn; daughter, Kimberly (Danny) Sliva; sons, Billy (Stacie) Quinn, and Peter (Stephanie) Quinn; stepchildren, Casey (Ben) Malone, Bo (Ashley) Jackson, and Julie Jackson; brother, Kenneth Quinn; and 12 grandchildren.

In addition to his father; he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clyde Jr., Roger, and Garry Quinn; and stepson, Brian Jackson

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015, at Alamo Heights Baptist Church with the Reverend Dwayne Wise officiating.

Burial followed at Green Lawn Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ira Nicholson, Bill Blake, Bo Jackson, Ben Malone, Kenneth Quinn, Bubba Quinn, Dale Quinn and Danny Sliva

Arrangement entrusted to the care of Grace Funeral Chapel, Port Lavaca, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, May 20, 2015

Florentino Quintania, Sr.
October 16, 1933 - October 4, 2013

The Memorial service for Mr. Florentino Quintania Sr., 79, of Enid will be held at later date. Cremation is under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

He was born October 16, 1933 to Praxedes and Margarita Cervantes Quintania in Van Vleck, TX. and passed away October 4, 2013 in Enid.

He is survived by his children Noe and Florentina Escobedo Jr., Marcelino and Augustina Martinez, Noe and Dolores Ibarra, Louis Garcia and Jessica Martinez, Jenaro and Rosielynn Quintania, of Enid, Antonio and Jolene Garcia Jr., Praxedes and Mirna Quintania, Lina Garcia and Joe Michael Quintania, Florentino Quintania Jr. and Olga Lewis, Daniel Quintania Sr. all of Bay City, TX, Janie Garcia of Odessa, TX, 27 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, one brother Nick Quintanilla, two sisters Josephine Gomez and Sophia Valdez.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Brenda Quintania, three sisters Juanita Montalbo, Rosa Montalbo, and Marcella Gonzales, and one brother Ignacio Quintanilla.

Condolences can be made to the family online at

Rosita "Rosie" Juarez Quintania
(February 5, 1944 - April 1, 2015)

Rosita “Rosie” Juarez Quintania, 71, of Bay City, passed away April 1, 2015. She was born February 5, 1944 in Bay City, Texas to Jose Juarez, Sr. and Angelita Gutierrez Juarez.

Rosie was preceded in death by both parents; granddaughter Mariah Chadwell; 6 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her children Olga Lopez, Juanita “Janie” Garcia, Daniel Quintania, Jesse Quintania, Joe Michael Quintania, Florentino Quintania, Jr and Lina Garcia; sisters Olivia Cervantes and Lupe Ortiz; brothers Fernando Juarez and Benito Juarez; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors from 5-7pm Thursday, April 2 at the funeral home. Services will be held at 10:00am, Friday, April 3 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City with Rev. Jim Hardaway officiating. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 979-245-4613.


Jean Quintanilla

26 October 1946 – 29 February 2016


PALACIOS - Jean Quintanilla went on to her reward while in Kindred Hospital, Sugarland on Monday, February 29, 2016 after a long illness.


Jean was born on October 26, 1946 in Worcester, Massachusetts to her late parents Henry and Grace Inangelo Soto.


Jean, a long time resident of Palacios, belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, along with her late husband Ruben Quintanilla. In her later years, she was a member of the Church of Christ. Jean was known for her love of cooking.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ruben , a sister and brother-in-law Marie and George Lapan and a brother Henry Soto.


Jean leaves behind four children; Samuel Ballinger of Charlotte, N.C., Patrick Ballinger of Brockton, MA., Rebecca Ballinger of Harlingen, TX., and Nicolas Ballinger of Winchester, NH, also sisters; Linda Soto of Port Orange, Fla., Peggy Soto of Ormond Beach, Fla., Phyllis Luviano (Armando) of Houston, TX., and Brenda Elizondo of Victoria, TX.; also brothers Charles (Kathy) Soto, of Telferner, TX., Gary (Lucy) Soto of Ganado, TX., and Michael Soto of Daytona Beach, Fla.; as well as 9 nieces and 24 nephews.


A memorial will be held at 2 pm on Saturday March 12 at the Church of Christ 514 Rorem and 6th St.


Donations can be made to the Palacios Church of Christ.


Published in the Victoria Advocate on 6 February 2016


Kimberley Hambrough Quintanilla

Kimberley Hambrough Quintanilla, 57, of St. Marys, GA, left this earth to be present with the Lord in the early morning hours on October 20, 2016, after her brief bout with cancer.

Kim is survived by her loving husband, Rene Quintanilla and her son Daniel R. Quintanilla of St. Marys, GA; her mother, Priscilla Pattengall Hambrough of Hanover, PA.; and her sister, Lesley Appleton (husband Glenn) of Kingston, NH.

A celebration of Kim’s beautiful life will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 2 p.m., at Point Peter Baptist Church in St. Marys, GA.

Kim’s arrangements are by Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, GA.

Bay City Tribune, October 30, 2016

Scott Anthony Quirk
November 12, 1963 - August 8, 2016

Scott Anthony Quirk was born November 12, 1963, in Beeville, Texas, to Thomas L. Quirk and Donna J. Williamson Quirk. He died August 8, 2016, at the age of 52, in Houston, Texas.

Born into a military family, Scott lived in Texas, California, Tennessee, Iceland and Spain before returning to Texas in 1978. Scott graduated from Bay City High School in 1981. Scott attended and graduated from M.T.I. Technical Institute with an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology. He was number one in his class, graduating with a near perfect score.

Scott met Barbara Jean Burnell in 1992, and they were married April 30, 1994. Scott worked in various locations as an electronics technician, Quality Control specialist, Instrumentation Specialist and “over-the-road” truck driver. Scott loved listening to and playing guitar. He played rock, heavy metal and classical - all equally well. His hobby was building beautiful looking and sounding guitars as well as playing them.

Scott is survived by his parents; wife, Barbara; daughter, Mary Ann Quirk; brother, Thomas L. Quirk Jr; sister, Jeanna Lynn Thompson; stepson, Michael Wilson and wife Melissa; grandchildren, Makayla, Jaron and Skylar Wilson; many nieces and nephews; several aunts and uncles; and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity, in Scott’s name.

Bay City Tribune, August 14, 2016


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