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Nancy Quinn

June 8, 1952 — November 16, 2023

Nancy Benedict Adams Quinn was a lovely woman of generous love, and she was greatly loved
by all who knew her. She passed away on November 16, 2023, at home in Greenville, SC following a serious illness.

Nancy was born in Dover, New Jersey on June 8, 1952, the daughter of Rayford (Scoop) K.
Adams, Jr., and Elizabeth (Betsy) Van Zandt Adams. Those who will miss her dearly include her
husband of over 48 years, Willard (Will) L. Quinn Jr.; son Willard (Woody) L. Quinn III of Cherry
Hill, New Jersey; daughter Elizabeth (Liza) Quinn Christy (husband Thomas Christy) of
Charlotte, North Carolina; brother Rayford (Trip) K. Adams III (wife Ann Tomlin Adams) of
Greensboro, North Carolina; and her AFS sister, Liv Steimler (husband Mike Steimler, and family)
of Oslo, Norway.

As a grandmother, Nancy was at her best with Woody’s beautiful girls Lily (9) and Leila (5)
Quinn, Liza, and Thomas’s handsome boys, John Christy (9 weeks), and John’s late brother
Sam.

Nieces and nephews are Josh Adams (wife Libby Grubbs and their family); Jenny (Adams)
Ledford (husband Howie Ledford); Quinn Wilson; and Katie Brennan (husband Phillip and their
family). Additionally, Nancy loved and was loved by many other members of the Adams, Tomlin,
Quinn and Maynard families.

She will be missed but held in the hearts of all.

Nancy’s father, as a career Marine Corps officer, moved frequently to his assignments. As a
child, Nancy’s family lived in Dover and Blawenburg, New Jersey; Quantico, Virginia; Glen
Burnie, Maryland; and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Major Adams retired in 1964, and
Concord, North Carolina became Nancy’s adopted “hometown.” There she attended middle
school and high school, graduating from Concord High School in 1970.

Nancy attended Salem College and graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and
was awarded the President’s Prize in Sociology. As she had in Concord, Nancy developed life-
long friendships at Salem.

A year later in 1975, she married Will Quinn, and they embarked on a lifelong journey of love.
Their love grew as they nurtured their family, first in a rickety over-the-garage (carriage house
circa 1750) apartment in Blawenburg as Will attended graduate school at New York University.
The family of four moved to Greenville in 1984. In 1991 they started and grew their business,
Proforma Business Impact, which remains in operation today.

Nancy was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, where she
served on the session, and chaired and belonged to various committees over the years. Another
church activity worth noting was her participation in the legendary Bubba Choir. Other activities
and causes in Greenville included Meals on Wheels, Camp Opportunity, and the Greenville SC
Society for the Blind.

Nancy was a lifelong friend to all she knew, and she remained close to many of her high school,
college, and Greenville friends. For nearly 50 years, she was lovingly bound to a small group of
graduates of the 1974 class of Salem College. In Greenville, she loved and greatly enjoyed the
company of the members of her supper and bridge clubs, to which she belonged for 39 years. Her
love was reciprocated and valued by members of these groups resulting in frequent
excursions and adventures, including two trips to Portugal, two to Barbados, several to Cabo
San Lucas, and stateside to Boston, Savannah, and Montana.

These bonds will exist long after her passing.

Nancy had unending love and devotion for her family, her friends, and all those who came into
the gravitational pull of the Quinn family. She was upbeat with a zest for life inherited from her
mother. She loved her life as it unfolded before her, with a fierce determination to provide her
love, support, and encouragement to those she cared for so deeply.

"There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart"
Mahatma Gandhi

A memorial service celebrating Nancy’s life will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in
Greenville, South Carolina, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2023. The family will receive
friends at the church after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who knew and
loved Nancy to consider memorials to Westminster Presbyterian Church. Checks should have
“Memorial for Nancy Quinn” in the memo line.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, December 2, 2023

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Westminster Presbyterian Church

2310 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29605

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