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Elinor "Ellie" Quinn

Elinor "Ellie" Quinn

Elinor McPherren Quinn, 82, passed away on March 4, 2013 at her Tamarack Court home in Bemidji, Minnesota.

This summer, the family will gather in Mason, Wisconsin for a burial service.

She is survived by her children Pamela (Walter) Smith of Gilbert, Minnesota, Tom (Carla) Quinn of Bemidji, Janet Blunt of Peoria, Arizona, and a sister, Sally (John) Orsborn of Port Ludlow, Washington; also seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Elinor was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Quinn and parents, Wayne and Marjorie McPherren.

Elinor (Ellie) grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and spent many summers of her youth on a beloved family island in Lake Superior where she developed a great appreciation for the wilderness, something she enjoyed conveying to her children. Ellie was a graduate of William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri where she majored in radio and drama. She also attended Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin where she met Harry in 1950. Harry’s work with Potlatch Paper Company took them to Cloquet and Brainerd, Minnesota, then to Pomona, California, followed by retirement in Lake Havasu, Arizona. During later retirement years, Ellie and Harry enjoyed their home on Lake Irving in Bemidji.

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In lieu of gifts or flowers, Elinor's family requests that donations be made in her memory to Minnesota Public Radio by calling them at 800-228-7123.