Rose Annabelle Agar Quincy
“Her children arise and call her blessed” Proverbs 31:28
ORLEANS- We, the family of Rose Quincy, announce her passing to her heavenly home on May 13, 2022, at the age of 101. Rose was under the competent and compassionate care of VNA Hospice of Cape Cod. She passed peacefully in her beloved home surrounded by her family. Rose was born on April 7, 1921. She was raised in New York City and Westchester County, NY; she attended the Barnard School for girls and Scarsdale High School. Her favorite memories include her mother driving around New York City in her new 1929 Lincoln, riding horseback In Central Park, summers spent in Ocean Grove, NJ, and the family trip by train to the Grand Canyon where she rode a donkey to the base.
Rose attended secretarial school in New York City, and worked as an executive secretary for the New York Central Railway. Rose met the love of her life, John Quincy, on a blind date. John was a student at Lehigh University where Rose attended fraternity balls, including one where she was honored as Queen of Delta Upsilon. Rose and John settled in Upstate New York where they raised five children.
Rose loved outdoor sports. She was an avid tennis player; she loved golf, canoeing, hiking, camping, swimming, and bicycling. She taught her children to body surf on Nauset Beach where she dived into the cold waters until she was 96. She was a wonderful cook and the quintessential hostess, entertaining with style and grace.
Rose and John retired to Orleans in 1985. They were active in Nauset Newcomers Club, where they started the canoeing and biking clubs, and were members of the Orleans Yacht Club. They were married for 66 years.
Most importantly, Rose was guided throughout her life by a strong faith. She was very active in church life in NY and at Redemption Rock in Chatham, MA. She was known for her devotion to prayer, often lovingly teased for having a “direct line to God.”
Rose was a remarkable, resilient, loving, and strong woman. She was wise, patient, compassionate, always accepting, and encouraging to all who sought her advice. She was deeply loved by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
Rose is predeceased by her dear husband, John; her brother, Frank Agar; and her sister, Betty Lee Lovelace. She is survived by her five children: Ginny Quincy, of Orleans, Babs Quincy, and her spouse, Tom Amundsen, of Hermitage, PA, Joanna Duda, and her spouse, Rev. Mike Duda, of Rockport, MA, John Quincy, of Albany, NY, and Elizabeth Quincy, of Manchester, VT. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Matthew and his fiancée, Mary; Jay and his spouse, Allegra; Christy and her spouse, Brody; Rachael and her spouse, Mark; Vance; and Bryn and his partner, Maddie. Rose lived to see three great-grandchildren: Gwendolyn, Auden, and Oliver.
A celebration of her life will be held June 11th at 11am at Redemption Rock Church, Chatham, MA. Donations in her honor may be sent to Redemption Rock Church, Chatham, MA, and VNA Hospice of Cape Cod.