Carmel Quinn, volunteer

Carmel Quinn, a homemaker and volunteer, died of a heart attack Sunday at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 83.

Born Mary Katherine Carmel Fay in Belturbet, in County Cavan, Ireland, she moved to Baltimore in 1952 after her marriage to Dr. Michael Kevin Quinn, a physician and general practitioner who was also born in her hometown. She worked as a receptionist briefly at Mercy Medical Center after moving to Baltimore.

Mrs. Quinn lived in the Hampton section of Towson for many years and played tennis with friends and neighbors. She was also a volunteer at the Pickersgill Retirement Community. Family members said she enjoyed cooking and baking and made Irish soda bread, cheese and fruit cakes.

"She was an excellent cook at almost anything she tried," said her son, Kevin Barry Quinn of Mount Airy. "She was always direct and spoke in a deep Irish accent. She was a kind and loving mother."

For many years she returned to Ireland annually to visit her family and enjoyed trips to the Greek Isles and the Holy Land.

In 2001, she and her husband moved to the Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, 200 Ware Ave. in Towson, where she had been a parishioner.

In addition to her son, survivors include another son, Michael Conor Quinn of Towson; two daughters, Deirdre Fay Quinn Schadler of Lexington, Mass., and Sinead Quinn of Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Gerald Fay of Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, and Al Fay of Davidsonville; three sisters, Veronica Quinn of Ardee, Ireland, Dolle Cullivan of Cavan, Ireland, and Dorothy Eves of Newry, Northern Ireland; and five grandchildren. A daughter, Mary Katherine Quinn, died in 1976. Her husband of 57 years died in 2009.

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