Diana Scott-Smith Quin, 84, of Rhinebeck
RHINEBECK >> Diana Scott-Smith Quin died on Oct. 10, 2016, in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
She was born on Feb. 20, 1932, in the Bronx, N.Y. In 1949, she graduated as valedictorian from Mount St. Mary’s in Newburgh, which was then a Catholic boarding school for girls. She went to the University of Rochester and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1953. She then earned a B.S. in nursing from Bellevue School of Nursing. In 1955, she married a classmate from the University of Rochester, Frederick S. Quin. After serving in the Army, he became a Foreign Service Officer, and they were posted to Algeria, Sweden, Canada, and Iceland. He died an untimely death in 1974, leaving Diana to raise four children on her own. Four years later, she met her second life partner, Angela Riedel, and spent the next 30 years with her. She was one of the first people to earn a nurse practitioner’s degree at George Washington University in 1975, and she worked as a public health nurse, helping to found Hospice in Fairfax County, Va. Later, she worked as a real estate agent and was able to put her children through college. In retirement, she spent time in local government, helping to rewrite the town charter for the Town of Eastham in Massachusetts, and volunteered at the local Council on Aging. She became a stone sculptor in her 50’s and her works were featured in a one-woman show in Colorado in 1997. She was an avid reader, with a wide range of interests and she founded several book groups. She was a keen student of Latin and spoke Swedish and French. She enjoyed discussing politics, writing poetry, gardening, traveling and completing double acrostics. Above all, she loved her family.
She is survived by her children, Douglas Quin and his wife Peggy Droz, Alison Quin and her husband Tim Sharpe, Miles and his wife, Kara Quin, Colin Quin and his wife Teresa Casey; three grandchildren, Rosemary and Colin Sharpe and Kaitlin Quin; two stepdaughters, Lynn Riedel and Kathleen Riedel and their husbands; two siblings, Philip Scott-Smith and Ellen Dobbins, and their families; as well as numerous other family members. Memorial services will be planned at a later date, and she will be interred at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Thompson House, 6525 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 12572. (www.GJMoylanFuneralHome.com)