Quirk, Alice E.

November 18, 1923 - June 13, 2016

Alice Elizabeth Quirk passed away peacefully on June 13, 2016 at Treemont Healthcare and Rehabilitation facility with family in attendance. She was 92 years old.

Devoted parents of four daughters, Alice and husband Stephen discovered in 1951 that their second daughter, Melanie, was diagnosed as mentally retarded. They soon became members of the Detroit Association for Retarded Children. In 1953 they first started discussing the need for such an organization in the Wyandotte, Michigan community. Then in 1954 they decided to call the new group the Downriver Association for Mentally Retarded Children. This was later shortened to the Association for Retarded Citizens/Downriver (www.downriverarc.org) as it is known today. Together they changed the trajectory of progress for retarded citizens in that state.

They moved to Dallas, Texas in 1957 and remained engaged in civic work for many years. Alice was active in St. Monica Catholic Church, Meals on Wheels, a docent at The Dallas Arboretum, and a founding member of the Irish American Society, Dallas Chapter. Alice was also the manager of the Stephen Quirk Dance Studio from 1950 to 1985, in Wyandotte, Michigan and Dallas, Texas. She cast a wide net over her interests during her lifetime.

Alice was very generous and loving to all who knew her. She played a significant part in her family’s lives. She loved cooking for her family, babysitting her granddaughters, attending family reunions, any beach, traveling, reading, crocheting, playing cards, with family and friends, especially cribbage and bridge, and staging really big parties! Her parties were the very best and that’s why all of her daughters and granddaughters know how to plan and give a great party at the drop of a hat.

The beloved matriarch of fourteen strong women, Alice is survived by her three daughters and their families: Stephanie and husband David Meinhardt, of Dallas, Texas, Deborah Quirk and husband, Dr. Charles Peters, of Towson, Maryland, and Melissa Quirk, of Dallas. Texas. Granddaughters, Vickie Meinhardt and wife Kasi Kennedy, Gretchen Meinhardt, and Jessica Salazar and husband, Terry all from Austin, Texas, Catie Garcia of Beaumont, Texas and Bridgette Newton and husband, Tyler of Beaumont, Texas. Former sons’ in law, Bill Simmons of Austin, Texas and Lee Twill of Medford, Oregon. Her great granddaughters Rosemary Simmons, and husband Chesley Allen, of Austin, Texas, Grace Erington and husband, David of Dallas, Texas, Stephanie Simmons, Celina Salazar, and Jaya Twill all of Austin, Texas. One niece and her family from Wyandotte, Michigan, and several nephews and their families from all over the US.

She was preceded in death by her husband Stephen Ryan Quirk, her mother, Magdelina Regina Sloan, her father Francis Sloan, sister Ruth York, husband Tom, brother Robert Sloan, and daughter Melanie Quirk.

The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Treemont Healthcare Care and Rehabilitation facility for the years of excellent and loving care they gave her and Hospice Compassus. We also wish to thank the many friends Alice had who came to visit, play cards, read to her and to pray with her/

Memorial service will be held on Saturday July 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the North Cities United Pentecostal Church, 502 Beltline Road in Garland, Texas 75040.

In lieu of flowers the Quirk family requests donations be made in honor of Alice Quirk to: The Association for Retarded Citizens/Downriver (ARC Downriver, 1028 Oak Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192.)

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

10 replies on “Quirk, Alice E.”

Cynthia says:

My dear Melissa my deepest condolences at the loss of your mom .I pray that the Lord will lift you and your family, keeping you encouraged, give you strength and whatever else is needed as you go through this most difficult time. May her legacy, cherished memories remembered, lift your spirits.
Love you
Cynthia

Jeni Baldwin says:

Dear Melissa and family,
Words can not express the magnitude of comfort I want to offer. There are not enough words and they seem trite. Take no offense when I say that she lived a life we should all hope to fulfill and how lucky to have accomplished so much! I only know one of the children, Melissa, and she is one of the best people I have ever been lucky enough to know. What a mother Alice must have been. My mom told me that the Quirks were famous in the St. Monica community. Beloved and respected.
Love to you all.
Jeni

Sandy Morgan says:

I taught bellydancing at the Quirk Studio in Dallas, under the name of Sandalina. Alice was a beloved and generous boss to work for, and I am sorry I lost touch with her after the studio closed. God rest her soul.

Tricia Willding Rhea says:

Quirk, When reading this morning’s paper I sadly discovered that sweet Alice Quirk had passed away. There was never a sweeter more lovely woman. My memories go so far back. To dancing lessons and so many recitals at the dance studio at Northtown mall. I loved her AND your dad, “Mr. Quirk.” I remember being so bewildered when we lost him during such young years in our lives. Mostly – I treasure the friendship I had with you, Melissa…always referred to you simply as “Quirk.” There was never a time spent at the Timberview house that I didn’t feel loved and included. A part of your family. All my love to you and your family. There is nothing worse than saying goodbye to a parent. You knew that pain long before I did when you lost your dad. I always admired your strength and remember thinking it was so unfair. It wasn’t right to lose your dad-we-you-were just too young. All my love is with you and your family. I’m so sorry but so thankful for the memories both your mom and dad left in my life. They were amazing people who really loved others well. I know you are heartbroken. I share that emotion with you and though many years have passed since we’ve seen each other I will always think of you and your parents with warmth and love. You were my very best childhood friend. We were tight!!!! Your mother lived a good long life and left a beautiful legacy. In friendship and with deepest sympathy. Love you.

Barbara & Bob says:

Stephanie, Deborah, and Melissa,
You and your families are a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother. May the peace which comes from happy memories comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Julie Miller says:

I used to have so much fun at the dance studio with Alice & Steve. I attended many of the great parties at their house. I remember them well. She will be missed. My prayers for the family

Cathy Vance says:

We lost a beautiful woman when Alice passed. She was an inspiration to all of us younger woman (who are now in our 60’s and 70’s!. She was gracious, fun and lively. Bridge parties were never dull with Alice there. My condolences to her family. May Alice rest in peace.

Rose Carlucci says:

Melissa and family
Our deepest condolences,thoughts and prayers are with you at this time for the loss of your mother who is now with our heavenly father.
Love
Rose

Barbara Ember says:

Who knew that I would find such a friendship in my “60s”. She cried with me and laughed with me. I miss her understanding ways more than anyone can know. I miss you Miss Alice . . .

Melissa quirk says:

Dear mom I miss you so much!! You were and still are my rock I knows how much you gave yourself to help raise me raise Catie and Bridgett and help me through so many difficult times. Even in your own sadness and suffering the last four years you would always say go home take care yourself Tekken keep your chin up you’re the best for me I love you. You and Jesus keep the party going for me up there give my love to dad and everybody else I’ll do my best to make the second head of my life count you were the best mom for me

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