Florence Elizabeth (Quinlan) Cuenin,78, passed away on Jan. 2, 2018, at her home in Safford, Ariz. She was born on Dec. 2, 1939, in Bristol to Attorney Edward and Nancy (Peck) Quinlan as the youngest of five children.
Flo, also known as Flossie was educated in Bristol Public Schools and Central Connecticut State University, where she matriculated with degrees in education. Before accepting a teaching position with the United States Department of Defense School in Japan, Flo taught in her hometown. After three years of service in Japan, Flo taught in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. where she met her husband-to-be, Richard, also a New Englander. They married in 1974 and were blessed with their only child Daniel in 1977.
In 1983, Flo and family moved to Northern Arizona where Flo taught on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado. In 1985, the family relocated to Safford as Flo accepted a teaching position with the Safford Unified Schools at Lafe Nelson School, which lasted until she retired in 1999.
Flo and Dick often traveled, and she continued to do so after Dick passed in 2009. Summers were always spent in the northeast near family and old friends. Besides traveling, Flo frequented the opera, enjoyed reading, movies, swimming and being with her family, friends and pets. She generously gave to many charities and will be remembered for her friendly demeanor and sense of humor.
Flo was a faithful parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Safford.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard Cuenin, sister, Mary Donovan, brother Dr. Edward Quinlan and a nephew and niece.
Left behind are her son, Daniel August (Hilary) Cuenin from Safford; two granddaughters, Lauren and Kaitlyn; a sister, Nancy (Gary) McCarthy, from Bristol; a brother, John Quinlan, from West Hartford; and many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, from 4 until 6 p.m. at McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel in Safford and again on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. The praying of the Rosary will begin at 10 a.m. with the Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father Robert Rodriguez as Celebrant.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.
Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com .