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Jeanette Oneal Quinn 1956-2016

| Obituaries | March 10, 2016

On the morning of February 21, 2016 at 6:30 a.m., Jeanette Oneal Quinn passed away in Valencia, California, after an eight-year struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She was 59 years old. She was born in Glendale, Calif. on August 18, 1956, the first child of Virginia and Ron Oneal. Jeanette always had many friends while growing up in La Crescenta, Calif. Everyone she met instantly liked her. They could see that she really cared about others, and that it was a true caring from deep in her heart. And she loved to laugh! She had a happy laugh that was contagious and made everyone around her feel good. That was the effect she had on people, according to friends and family. Jeanette married in her teenage years, and in 1975 moved to Miami, Florida. In 1976, at the age of 20, she gave birth to her only son, Benjamin Ellis. The Ellis family then moved from Florida back to Tehachapi, Calif. In addition to raising her son, she drove a bus for the State of California, mainly transporting special education students, while at the same time working on her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Bakersfield. Poetry and art were Jeanette’s passions. One of her favorite poets was Edna St. Vincent Millay. “I Dreamed I Moved among the Elysian Fields” was her favorite poem. Jeanette would include phrases, thoughts, and mental images of the Elysian Fields in many of her own poems as well. And then there were the elephants. She loved elephants. Jeanette had paintings of elephants, pastries made in the shape of elephants, jeweled rings made of elephants, necklaces with interlocking elephants, elephant bracelets, elephant statues and bookends, coffee table books filled with elephants, etc. Though she would have if she could, she never found a residence where they would let her have her own live elephant. So she often visited the Santa Barbara Zoo to see them. Jeanette always wanted to be a special education teacher. So, after remarrying in 1997 to Steve Quinn, becoming Mrs. Jeanette Quinn, she attained her master’s degree and got her teaching credentials from California State University, Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif. Once she got her credentials, she began teaching special education students in Ojai, California. In 2002, at the age of 45, Jeanette gave birth to daughter Maya, and daughter Liamissa in 2004. She was a wonderful mother to them. In 2008, Jeanette was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which led to her death. Jeanette was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Oneal; her father, Ronald Oneal; her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Quinn; her father-in-law, William Quin; and her brother-in-law, Thomas Quinn. She is survived by: her two grandchildren, Emma and Noah; her two daughters, Liamissa and Maya; her son, Benjamin; her sister, Robin; her brother, Larry; and her husband, Steve. She will be laid to rest at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary in Santa Clarita, California.

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