Quinlan, Ella 91 Jan. 04, 1925 Oct. 18, 2016 Ella Quinlan went peacefully to the Lord on Oct. 18, 2016. Ella lived a full and wonderful life. There is no one who enjoyed a get together more than Ella. A mother, grandmother and good friend to many, Ella had a unique zest for life which was infectious to all around her. Her amazing spirit and love of life will be missed by us all. She never lost sight of the less fortunate, volunteering with Catholic Charities and numerous other causes her entire life. She was a member of the Archbishops Seminary Tea Committee, the Oregon Historical Society, the Portland Civic Theatre and the Portland Art Museum. Ella Marie Donahue was born on Jan. 4, 1925 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada to Jack and Mary Ella Donahue. Ella, one of eight children, had a storied and full childhood in Longview, Wash. and remained close to her siblings her entire life. Ella graduated from Washington State University in 1946. Her first job was working for Evelyn Gibson Gowns in Portland as a buyer. In 1950 Ella married Frank Quinlan and began a family, raising six children. Her tireless energy and enthusiasm were evident all throughout her life, creating a warm and loving home that celebrated the everyday joys of life. Ella worked for the Real Estate School of Oregon for over 20 years, retiring at the age of 70. Ella, with great gusto and enthusiasm, became a world traveler, visiting over fifteen countries in the last years of her life. Ella was preceded in death by Frank, her husband of 42 years; and brothers Pat and Frank Donahue. She is survived by her six children, Tim, Brian, Frank Jr. "Buz", Kellan Owens (Sanford), Brendan (Carey) and Erin Merrifield (Larry); and eight grandchildren, Andrew and Austin Quinlan, Connor and Shea Quinlan, Campbell and Sawyer Owens and Max and Charlotte Merrifield. Also survived by her siblings, Trudy Felder, Peggy Lewis, John Donahue, Bernard Donahue and Irita Nicholas. A celebration mass of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at The Madeleine Parish, 3123 N.E. 24th Avenue. Private burial to follow. The family suggests remembrances to Catholic Charities. Zeller Chapel of the Roses is handling the arrangements.
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