Death of GCI elder

Posted by GCI Update on September 12, 2018 under Prayer & Updates | 4 Comments to Read

We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Karen (Jones) Quinn, who served as an assistant pastor in GCI’s Houston, TX, congregation.

Karen Quinn

Born in 1944, in Salem, OH, Karen grew up in the nearby town of Columbiana. Even from an early age she recognized the importance of community involvement, often leading clubs and activities. In high school, Karen was a majorette and enjoyed playing basketball. In her college years, she sang in the college chorale and enjoyed traveling for performances. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Ambassador College in 1966 and always valued the friendships she made in college.

It was during her college years that Karen met her future husband Terry Quinn at a summer camp in Orr, MN, where Karen was a counselor. Terry and Karen married on August 12, 1966. One year later, their daughter Susan was born.. In 1982 the family moved to the Houston area, where Karen quickly became a fixture in the community of Katy, TX. Karen loved travel and was a successful businesswoman. She founded Quinn Travel Services in 1990, and managed it for nearly 30 years.

Karen was ordained an Elder in Grace Communion International and served in ordained ministry in the Houston area for several years, giving sermons and leading Bible studies. She chaired the local church Advisory Council for more than 15 years. Her faith was one of her defining features. She loved God and put him first in her life.

Karen passed away on August 21, 2018 at home. She fought a brave battle against cancer during the last two years of her life. She is survived by her husband Terry, their daughter Susan, two grandchildren, and her brother Darryl. It was Karen’s desire to be laid to rest in the Quinn family plot in Leesport, PA. She will be greatly missed.

Cards may be sent to:

Terry Quinn
1503 Hannington Dr
Katy, TX 77450

  • Tom Pickett said,

    Dear Terry,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Karen was a wonderful wife and mother, and she was a good friend. May our gracious God guide and lead you as you go forward from here. You have always been a good friend. God bless you!

  • Santiago Lange said,

    Dear Terry, Susan and Darryl,

    How can we ever in our human weakness encourage loved ones after such painful losses? We are consoled knowing that Jesus and our heavenly Father deeply do care about every moment in our lives. Our Lord knows and understands your pain. And, He will provide you with the needed strength during this time of deep mourning. Susan’s service to the church will be remembered and honored in the memories of those who had the privilege of knowing her.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    In Him,
    Santiago and Elke

  • Ray Meyer said,

    Dear Terry,

    Please accept our sincere condolences in your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Ray and Carol Meyer

  • James Roberts said,

    Terry, I guess Hazel and I missed you and Karen by one and two years at AC. I don’t remember you folks, but I have heard many good sentiments expressed about Karen. She was obviously an outstanding servant and is already missed by many. Rich condolences to you as you carry on without her until the resurrection. JR & Hazel