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Obituary - Polly Quinn



Polly Squire Quinn died peacefully surrounded by family at the UVM Medical Center on October 27, 2016 at the age of 93. Polly was born on May 6, 1923 in Burlington, VT to Horace H. Squire and Ella Gordon. She lived in the Moretown/Waterbury, Vermont area until graduating Waterbury High School in 1940. Polly attended college at Goddard until moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her B.A. in 1944 and M.A. in Library Science in 1946.

She married Paul Austin Quinn in 1946 and they lived in New York City for several years. After moving to Hinesburg, Vermont in 1949 she worked as a librarian in the Billings Library at UVM. Polly and Paul welcomed four children into their family: Mike, Sara, Patty and Nina. 

After leaving the Billings Library, she worked at Overlake Day School and later assisted her husband in his photography business.

Community and church were an integral part of Polly's life.

She was an active and dedicated member of the United Church of Hinesburg and the Carpenter-Carse Library. She served in many important roles and committees at both places including serving on the broader Ecumenical Councils. She was recognized by the State of Vermont with a Public Service Award for her many years of service to the town of Hinesburg and the State of Vermont in 2000.

Polly was a longtime breeder of Morgan Horses under the name of Heyday Morgans and they are well known coast to coast. She was a loyal and passionate servant to the Morgan Horse Breed both locally and nationally. Polly was recognized for this devotion with numerous awards including AMHA Hall of Fame, AMHA Woman of the Year and AMHA Distinguished Service Award.

Polly is survived by her children Mike Quinn and his wife Linda of Middlebury, VT, Sara Quinn of Hinesburg, VT, Patty Quinn Winter and her husband Andrew of Westminster, VT, and Nina R. Quinn of Hinesburg, VT; two grandchildren Erik Bauer of Coralitos, CA and Relief ("Lief") William Quinn of Middlebury, VT; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many close friends that were considered family.

Polly is preceded in death by her brother and sisters Horace Squire of Burlington, VT, Anne Squire of Waterbury, VT, Ruth Briggs of Essex Jct, VT, Doris Goss of Brattleboro, VT, Helen Evans of Dunedin FL and nephew Harry Briggs of Burlington, VT.

Visiting hours are scheduled for 3-8 pm on Wednesday. November 2 at the United Church of Hinesburg (UCH) Parish Hall, 10570 Route 116, Hinesburg, VT. 

The funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday November 3 at the United Church of Hinesburg with a reception to follow at the Parish Hall, UCH. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate Polly's wonderful life. 

In lieu of flowers, send donations to (in Polly Quinn's name): United Church of Hinesburg, 10570 Route 116, Hinesburg, VT 05461 or UVM Morgan Horse Farm, 74 Battell Drive, Weybridge, VT 05753 or Morgan Horse Heritage Foundation, c/o Anne C. Brown, 1380 Old Stage Rd., Westford, VT 05494. 

Condolences can be sent to Quinn Family, P.O. Box 132, Hinesburg, VT 05461. 

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and support staff at the UVM Medical Center ER and McClure 5 for their care, dedication, support and kindness.

Visit burlingtonfreepress.com/obituaries to express condolences and sign the guest book.

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