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Obituary for Elizabeth Quinn (Spirit)

Elizabeth  Quinn (Spirit)
Quinn, Elizabeth (nee Spirit), born January 8, 1925 in Durham, England, passed away November 13, 2020 from Covid-related complications. She joins her husband John, her parents Lily and Cornelius Spirit, and her siblings Dennis, John and Ella. She is survived by her son Jack (Lois) Quinn, grandchildren Sean, Megan (Geoff) Sindel, and Ryan (Sara), her sister Pam (Vaughan) Hughes, four great-grandchildren Mariah, Aubrey and Joshua Sindel, and John William Quinn. She was step-grandmother to Steven Wozniak and Cheryl (Michael) Collins, and step-great grandmother to Quinn and Walter Collins. Her wonderful English family includes eight nieces and nephews: Pam’s children - Stephen Potter, Karen Hughes and Amanda Gladwell; Ella’s son – John Clarke; John’s children – Gary Spirit, Sally Johnson and Susan Cawley; and Dennis’ son – Peter Spirit-Jones. Nephew Andrew Clarke pre-deceased his Aunt Elizabeth. In addition, there are thirteen great nieces and nephews; Niall Dennehy (Karen); Joshua, Samuel and Lewis Gladwell (Amanda); Sadie and Oliver Potter, and Alfie Potter-Price (Stephen); John and Matthew Clarke (John); Terry and Alex Spirit, and Ellice Johnson (Sally); and Eve Cawley (Susan). In America, Elizabeth was pre-deceased by her brother-in-law Robert Quinn and his wife Marcella, and her sister-in-law Ruth Scott. Her nieces and nephews included: Charles (Denise) Scott; Mary (Wayne) Kinzel; Robert (Tina) Quinn; and she was pre-deceased by her niece Patricia (William) Gage. Her American great nieces and nephews include: Charles’ children -Tom (Cathy), John, and Andrew (Ryan)Scott, and Lucy (David) Phyl; Mary’s daughter – Sarah (Mark) Fantroy; Patricia’s daughters – Heather Gage and Kelly (Benjamin) Stewart. A truly diverse and wide-spread family that Elizabeth cherished always.

During WWII, she joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service in 1943 at age 18, serving at Bletchley Park with the codebreakers (without divulging that work to anyone including her family until secrecy was lifted in the 1970’s). She met her Yank soldier, John, at a dance, marrying June 18, 1945 and emigrating as a war bride to St. Louis. After the birth of their son, Jack, in 1946, Liz began working on the early bookmobiles in St. Louis County. Recently, the picture here was used by the County Library on the side of buses, as she was still an avid reader and began to use the bookmobile herself. She worked as a librarian at Doane Agricultural Service and then at General Dynamics until she retired. She became an American citizen soon after arriving, traveling her new home country with John for many years, and returning often with him to England for time with family and friends.

Living through the Depression, WWII, a new land away from her family, and the trials and tribulations of Life, she persevered. Loss of John, declining health, she persevered. She was One Tough Brit. She will be in the hearts of her family and friends forever.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution to St. Louis County Library Foundation or to a charity of your choice is appreciated.

A military veteran herself, she will be privately laid to rest with John at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Hold your loved ones close as she held hers.

Arrangements by Bopp Chapel,