The Eulogy of Nancy Quill - Eulogy for a Grandmother - Eulogy by a Granddaughter
Like everyone here today, I am devastated and can hardly believe that Nancy is gone. Just last Saturday she was in the air. When some friends called and told me that she was gone I couldn’t believe it. It was incomprehensible that my friend and colleague – only 47 years old – was gone… that I’d never see her or talk to her or work with her again…
My name is Marixza Mims and I have been honored to call Nancy my best friend for over twenty years (although I know that several people claim that honor - - Latrina Keith, Erica Logino, Troy Smith and probably several other flight attendants she met at AirTran and then Southwest – all of us loved Nancy and felt loved by her – all of us considered her one of our best friends).
Nancy and I met when we worked together at the law firm Mann, Bracken, Lang and Knezo in Atlanta as paralegals. I had been working there for a few years when she was hired and we made an immediate connection because of our international cultural backgrounds. We liked the work well enough but Nancy wanted to pursue other things. We continued our friendship even after she left and eventually I left too, to become a flight attendant. It took several years, but I convinced her that flying was a great life. We could travel and see the world – and get paid for it! She never regretted joining me and taking to the skies. Because of seniority differences we didn’t fly together often, but when we did we had so much fun…
Nancy was a natural. There wasn’t anyone who spent even a few minutes with Nancy that didn’t fall in love with her. She sparkled. Her sense of humor would keep people laughing for as long as she was around… and she’d leave them with a smile on their faces and the feeling that they had made a connection. She loved meeting people and helping customers and co-workers. I think it would be accurate to call her a ‘social butterfly.’ She loved people – all people. She was always a blast to fly with because she was always funny and had stories to tell. Somehow, flying with her made the long work days go faster and gave them as sense of purpose. Our evenings in cities all over the country were always more exciting when Nancy was along. She had such an infectious personality that wherever we went we had a good time.
But even when we weren’t working, Nancy was great. Shopping, talking, sharing our lives, telling each other our deepest thoughts and secrets. I don’t think I really knew what friendship was until I met Nancy. We helped one another during some of the ups and downs of our lives… We laughed and talked into the wee hours of the morning on our girls nights, lounging in our pajamas, eating her curry chicken and rice and peas or sometimes going out on the town… She was my rock. I was her confidant. She was the sister I never had…
I do know that one of the greatest days of Nancy’s life was a day last May - the day she married Aric. I heard about him for months. She was so in love. She couldn’t wait to marry him and start a new chapter of her life – to start a family and live happily ever after… She so loved the new house they built in ________. She was deeply into the process of putting her own touches into it to make it hers and Aric’s dream home.
Nancy was one of the most grounded people I know. She put a high premium on truth and honesty. Her life was built around her faith in God. She worshipped here in this church for years and loved the people here… She loved the God she sang about in church and she probably prayed for all of us sitting here at one time or another – praying for us to be blessed or praying about some situation we were facing. Nancy truly cared for the people in her life and bringing us before God would just be something she’d do.
One thing I know for certain about Nancy is that she knew she was loved. She knew her parents, Saintilus and Padilia loved her dearly and were always supportive of all she did in life. She knew she was loved by her sisters and brothers and their spouses. She knew she was loved by all her friends and her extended family. How could anyone not love Nancy, a woman so full of life and vitality and humor and goodness…
I know that I’ll never forget her… Nancy, you were one of the best people I’ve ever known. You taught me so much about so many things. I will never forget you. I will, like so many others, love you forever. May you rest in peace my dear friend.
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