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Elsie May Quick
May 8, 1926 - April 1, 2015
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<div itemprop="description">Elsie May Quick peacefully left this life on Wednesday morning, April 1, 2015. She and her family shared a quiet time the previous evening at her home at William Albert House celebrating a life well lived. <br /><br />Elsie May (always the double name) was born on May 8, 1926 in Shaunavon, SK to Jona (Jonasson) and Henry Halvorson. <br /><br />She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Bill Quick; and her immediate family Valerie, Kathy, Andrew, Jennifer, Allan; grandsons Spencer, Adam and Matthew; sisters Alene and Ruth; brother in law Victor Laban; and sisters in law Mary Sirrs and Eileen Quick; as well as nieces and nephews. <br /><br />Elsie May&rsquo;s family moved to Regina in 1929 when her father was elected to the Saskatchewan legislature and she attended Davin School and Central Collegiate before earning a B.Sc. (H. Ec) at the University of Manitoba specializing in textile arts. She taught in Trail, BC and in Regina. <br /><br />Always active in United Church Young People&rsquo;s work, she coordinated Youth Caravan activities in southern Saskatchewan in the early 1950s. <br /><br />In 1953 she met and married Bill, who was provincial president of the United Church Young People&rsquo;s Union at the time. In addition to raising an active and successful family she continued professional and community service throughout her life. Elsie May&rsquo;s professional library training was taken at the University of Wisconsin. During her career she spearheaded the setting up of the Biggar Regional Library, served on the Saskatoon Library staff, and later became head librarian at Luther College, University of Regina. <br /><br />Her greatest passion was to reclaim and rejuvenate a nearly dying art &ndash; the hardanger cutwork embroidery of her Norwegian ancestors. Her students numbered in the thousands from all over North America. Elsie May&rsquo;s work is featured in the Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. <br /><br />She was an enthusiastic volunteer within her home church congregation, the Home Economics Association, the Home Economics Living Program (HELP), with UNICEF fundraising, the Scandinavian Club, in Mosaic, Bazaart, Regina Exhibition, and Buffalo Days. Her activities culminated in 2001 with the awarding of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement. <br /><br />A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at Knox Metropolitan United Church, 2340 Victoria Ave, Regina, SK on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. <br /><br />The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Elwood and the staff of 5E General Hospital as well as to the friends and workers at William Albert House in Emerald Park whose care and compassion were so helpful during her final days. <br /><br />Donations may be made to UNICEF Saskatchewan 314 &ndash; 220 3rd Avenue S., Saskatoon, SK S7L 1M1, a cause dear to Elsie May&rsquo;s heart. <br /><br />Arrangements entrusted to Regina Funeral Home (306) 789-8850.</div>