Marilyn Louise McQuillin

Marilyn Louise McQuillin, 85, passed away on February 2, in her home at Arleigh Burke Pavilion in Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean, Virginia. She was born in Farmington, Missouri, to Earl Haney and Louise Swink Haney. She married John Parker McQuillin in 1958 in Alhambra, California. They were married 58 years before his death in January 2017.
 
She is survived by three daughters, Susan (Keith) Bonney, Kathy (Todd) Vander Woude, and Nancy (Bob) Shoemaker. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Kristen Vander Woude, Kaitlyn Vander Woude, Sam Shoemaker and Ben Shoemaker, and loving nieces and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Linda Haney Chernals.
 
She grew up in Alhambra, California. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, graduating in 1955 with a degree in education. She taught in Carmel, California, and there she met John McQuillin, who was attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. They married in 1958.
 
Marilyn taught second grade and worked as a library specialist for the City of Virginia Beach. In Virginia Beach she led a Girl Scouts troop, leading adventures in camping and planting sea grass to protect sand dunes. She and her family moved ten times and lived in California, New Jersey, Virginia, Greece and Trinidad (West Indies). When she retired in 1988, she and John moved to Hertford, North Carolina, on the Yeopim River. Their Hertford community, Snug Harbor, remembers her with much fondness and respect. She gave of her time in many ways to make their rural community a better place. She tutored students in the Perquimans County school system for many years and was recognized by North Carolina’s governor for her work. John and Marilyn enjoyed traveling in the United States and around the world, especially Europe. John and Marilyn moved to McLean, Virginia in February 2014 to be closer to their daughters’ families.
 
A funeral service is planned for Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, lbda.org/donate, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Liburn, GA 30047.

5 Responses to Marilyn Louise McQuillin

  1. Joe apple says:

    Susan, I wish I had words of wisdom that would remove the sorrow from your heart. But I know that’s not possible. Thus, I can only give you my sympathy.

  2. Ivy Main says:

    Susan, this beautiful obituary makes me wish I’d known your mother. I am so sorry you have lost her.

  3. Judy Owens says:

    I very much enjoyed your Mom and she was a part of my Red Hat Group but she was so interesting. My life has been better because I knew her.
    Judy Owens
    Snug Harbor

  4. Natalie Pien says:

    Susan, what a full and meaningful life your mother led. I know she was an amazing person because she raised an amazing daughter, you. Your mom is in another form, now. But I know she will be alive in your heart. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  5. Patricia Leslie says:

    Dear Susan, I am saddened to learn about your mom’s death, but I am happy for you and your family that you have her marvelous life to celebrate and remember with joy. May your many wonderful memories of your lives together help to bring you a measure of peace and comfort during this sad time. What an impressive lady! It is easy to recognize you in your mother who lives eternally.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Patricia

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