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Patricia (Benoit) Quinlan, 91

PORTLAND - Patricia (Benoit) Quinlan, of 620 Ocean Avenue, Portland, died Oct. 11, 2016, at the age of 91. She was born March 16, 1925, the fourth child of Henri A. and Katherine Walsh Benoit.

She graduated from Waynflete School in 1942, and attended Manhattanville College in New York City where she studied nursing.

In 1950, she married Edward J. Quinlan Jr. of Norwalk, Conn. They settled in rural Norfolk, Conn., in 1952, where they raised six children and lived for 40 years before moving to Falmouth in 1991. They remained happily married until Edward's death in 1997.

Mrs. Quinlan was active in the Catholic Church. She was a communicant of and active volunteer at both the Immaculate Conception Church in Norfolk, Conn., and Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth. Patricia always made very generous use of her time. She particularly embraced her role as a volunteer hospice worker while living in Connecticut, and Eucharistic minister and prayer group leader in Falmouth. For several years, both in Connecticut and Maine, she was the primary caregiver for her husband Edward, who died in 1997 after living for many years with Alzheimer's.

Patricia was a woman of very strong faith and was well-known for her kind and generous spirit, as well as her self-deprecating sense of humor. She loved people and was much loved in return. Of all her good deeds, accomplishments and acts of kindness, the roles she cherished the most were those of being a devoted wife to her husband Edward, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her husband, Patricia was predeceased by her brothers Arthur and Louis Benoit, and sisters Maria Hanley and Katherine Gibbons.

Surviving her are two daughters, Maria Q. Leiby (Steven) of Lansing, Mich., and Anne Quinlan of Winsted, Conn.; four sons, Edward J. Quinlan III (Deborah) of Arundel, Thomas M. Quinlan of Northborough, Mass., Gregory H. Quinlan (Jane) of Brunswick, and Michael J. Quinlan (Beth) of Portland; nine grandchildren, Jay and Margaret Leiby, Adam Quinlan, Meaghan and Emily Quinlan, John Carlos and Elizabeth Coloma, Andrew and Peter Quinlan; and five great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of the Osher Inn at Cedars, and VNA Home Health Hospice, for their kind, compassionate and loving care.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, from 4-6 p.m. at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at 2 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland. To view Patricia's memorial page, or to share an online condolence, visit: www.ConroyTullyWalker.com

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Patricia's memory to:
Sisters of Mercy
966 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 04103
VNA Home Health Hospice
50 Foden Road
South Portland, ME 04106

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 12, 2016
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