Joan M. Quinlan, 80

Joan M. Quinlan

Joan M. Quinlan

GORHAM— Joan M. Quinlan, 80, of Gorham, died on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Maine Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was born in South Portland on Feb. 18, 1933, the daughter of Oakley and Annie Maude Ray Bartlett. Mrs. Quinlan was educated in schools in California and Gray.

Over the years, she had been employed by Vulcan Electric of Kezar Falls and had been a CNA at the Fryeburg Nursing Home of Fryeburg.

Mrs. Quinlan enjoyed sewing, clothes altering and was an excellent upholster. She was especially gifted at making quilts.

She enjoyed Tuesday and Thursday meetings at Patio Park Club House, where they would sew, knit and make quilts.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Richard M. Burnell Sr.; and sister, Jean Helver.

Surviving are her husband, James “Eddie” Quinlan Sr. of Gorham; her children, Richard M. Burnell Jr. of South Hiram, Nancy A. Gregory of Kezar Falls, David R. Burnell of Auburn, Eddie Quinlan Jr. of San Clemente, Calif., Martin Quinlan of Biddeford, David M. Quinlan of Lithia, Fla. and Dan Quinlan of Gorham; a sister, Shirley Foster of New Gloucester; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. For online condolences, please visit

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Gorham Fire and Rescue, 270 Main St., Gorham, ME 04038.

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