Helen Turner Quick, an avid golfer and friend to bats and mice, died of complications from a stroke at her Towson home on Wednesday. She had just turned 86.
Helen Turner was born in Baltimore and attended Seton High School, where she was the president of her class. After graduating in 1939, she went to work at Bendix on Joppa Road, her family said.
At age 20, she married Walter S. Quick Jr., and the couple moved to a house on Bayonne Avenue in Hamilton. As her children became older, Mrs. Quick learned to play golf at the Sparrows Point Country Club, a sport that became a lifelong passion.
Her daughter, Leanne Q. Stasiulatis of Mechanicsburg, Pa., said her mother's china cupboard is full of golf trophies and crystal bowls from winning more than a dozen championship tournaments at the club and several regional honors. "She played whatever the weather," Mrs. Stasiulatis said.
Nancy Quick, a daughter-in-law, said: "She found it a real thinking person's game. She always enjoyed challenges and had an incredible work ethic."
Mrs. Quick was known for her kindness to animals - the dogs she fed from the dinner table, stray cats and even house mice. She refused to use mousetraps and instead would capture wayward rodents by dropping a dish towel over them and then releasing them in the yard.
Once she found a baby bat trapped in the chimney. "I would have screamed," said the younger Mrs. Quick. Instead, her mother-in-law carefully extracted the young mammal and set it free.
Mrs. Quick, who taught her grandchildren how to play poker, could always spot a four-leaf clover. She would sew prom dresses and kilts for family members, and she loved to read, family members said.
At age 83, she bought a convertible. "She said, 'Otherwise, I might never have one,'" Mrs. Stasiulatis recalled. "She was a hoot."
Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Carmelite Monastery in Towson, 1318 Dulaney Valley Road.
Her husband died in 1990. In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Walter S. Quick III of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and four grandchildren.