OTTUMWA — Melinda Jane Quinn, 73, of Ottumwa, died at 4:45 a.m. June 1, 2014, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
She was born October 9, 1940, in Ottumwa to John Charles and Lucille Mitchell Moses.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School, Melinda earned a B.A. from the University of Iowa and M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. She had been a librarian at Cardinal High School and Ottumwa High School, retiring in 2012.
She was an avid member of Ottumwa’s theatre community throughout her life, winning the Ottumwa Community Players’ Best Actress award for her role in Plaza Suite in the 1970s. More recently, she has worked behind the scenes with the Greater Ottumwa Vocal Arts Project and was a board member of the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was involved in Democratic Party activities as well as many area social groups.
Surviving are three sons, Tom (Gretchen) Quinn of Raleigh, N.C., John (Holly) Quinn of Wilmington, Del., and Patrick (Betsy) Quinn of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Honora Quinn, John Quinn II and Shane Quinn; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Michal (Paul) Meshejian and Molly (Wilson) McCallister.
Her body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. Jon Disburg officiating. Inurnment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.
A reception will follow at 2 p.m. at Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival.