Elizabeth F. Quick died peacefully on the morning of October 24, 2014. She was 87.
Born in Michigan to Mabel McKissack Featherston and Dr. Anthony G. Featherston, Elizabeth was married to the now deceased Howard Roland Quick, a former executive of AT&T and principal of the public relations firms Reavey and Quick International, and Quick Associates.
Elizabeth moved from Detroit to New York, where she grew up and went to school. Elizabeth received her early education at The Little Red Schoolhouse and Elizabeth Irwin High School, private schools in New York’s Greenwich Village. She studied cello under Leonard Bernstein at Elizabeth Irwin. She received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from New York University.
Elizabeth worked for over 25 years as a classroom teacher in the New York City and New Jersey public schools. She also served as an instructor for the Educational Opportunity Program at Seton Hall University, and a supervisor of student teachers at Montclair State University. She was self-employed for a number of years as Director of the After School Reading Center, a remedial learning center she operated in Morristown, New Jersey.
In 1969, Elizabeth moved with her husband and children to Morristown, where she was very active in community affairs. She served on the Morristown Recreation Commission, under appointment from the former Mayor David Manahan. She was a board member of the Morris County NAACP, where she served as the editor of the NAACP Newsletter for several years. She served as a board member of the Essex Northwest Lung Association, and on the Adult Education Committee of the Morristown YMCA. She also served as a board member of the Planned Parenthood organization in Morristown. In addition, she was a charter member of the Pi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was also the chapter organizer and first President of the Morris County Chapter of the Links, Inc.
During Elizabeth’s retirement, she enjoyed spending summers in her home on Martha’s Vineyard. After her husband’s death in 1991, she eventually made the Vineyard her permanent home until health issues made it necessary for her to live with her daughter Louise and her family in New Rochelle, New York. While living on the Vineyard, she focused on artistic hobbies, volunteering at the Edgartown Senior Center, and having fun with her friends. She took photography courses on Martha’s Vineyard and developed her gift for taking beautiful pictures. She loved taking pictures of the Vineyard’s beauty and her grandson. She also quilted and made pottery.
Elizabeth Quick was a compassionate mother, wife, and grandmother.
She is survived by her two daughters, Annette Elizabeth Quick and Louise Quick Spann; a grandson Howard Lewis Spann; two son-in-laws Roger E. Coy and Lewis B. Spann Jr., and a circle of family and friends who will not quickly recover from their loss.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, November 1 at the White Plains Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Links Foundation, Inc. The memorandum section should state, “For the benefit of Morris County (NJ) Chapter/Elizabeth Quick Scholarship for Excellence.” All checks should be mailed to: Morris County (NJ) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, PO Box 2221-R, Morristown, NJ 07960.