FORT WORTH -- Ann Richards Quinn, 81, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, 2015, at her home in Fort Worth. Celebration of life: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2401 College Ave., Fort Worth. Immediately afterwards, the family will receive friends at Colonial Country Club, 3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth. Honorary pallbearers: Buzz Brightbill, Hampton Hodges, Bill Massad, Roy McDermott, Joe Minton, John Richardson, Jay Sandelin, Jim Simons and Thom Wheeler. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Ann's memory be made to the Child Life Zone or the Sit, Stay, Play program, both at Cook Children's Medical Center, 801 Seventh Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104. Memorial contributions may also be sent to Baylor All Saints Medical Center for the Bayard H. Friedman Progressive Care Unit Endowment, 1400 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104. Ann was born Sept. 26, 1933, in Wichita, Kan., to Gertrude Cecilia Rogers Richards and King Stewart Richards. In 1936, the family moved to Fort Worth, where Ann grew up and established herself as a prominent business and civic leader. Preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, F.D. "Mickey" Quinn Jr., she and Mickey raised three sons, King Hamilton, Chris Quinn and F.D "Trey" Quinn III. Ann graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1953 and briefly attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Miss. She then moved to Austin, where she earned her BBA in personnel management from the University of Texas. Upon graduation from UT-Austin, Ann moved to London, England, where she earned her graduate degree from the London School of Economics. She stayed in London for several years working for the United States Air Force. Upon her return to Fort Worth, Ann launched her career in fashion with Neiman Marcus and Meacham Department Store as well as teaching fashion merchandising at TCU. After being involved with the grand opening of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 1974, Ann joined her friend and mentor, Bayard H. Friedman, at Fort Worth National Bank, where she became a trailblazer for women in executive careers. She launched the Women's Services Department and became the first female executive vice president in the bank's 112-year history. During this time, she contributed a financial column to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, created the well-known women's financial course, "Money, Money, Money," and founded the Butterfly Travel program at the bank. She retired from banking in 1996 and joined Mr. Friedman in his investment company. Upon Mr. Friedman's death in 1998, she left the investment company and joined the All Saints Health Foundation where she was the driving force behind the capital fundraising campaigns to build the Bayard H. Friedman Progressive Care Unit and the Laura Leonard Hallam Gamma Knife Center. Ann's generous spirit and commitment to volunteerism and leadership will forever remain her legacy through her intimate involvement with every major philanthropic initiative in Fort Worth, including the Jewel Charity Ball, Cook Children's Medical Center, the Junior League of Fort Worth, Mayfest, United Way, Arts Council, Goodwill, Casa Manana, Camp Fire, American Cancer Society, Fort Worth Symphony, Ballet, Child Study Center, Women's Center, YMCA, Catholic Diocese, American Heart Association, Women's Club and Cancer Care Services. Ann served as president of the Jewel Charity Ball in 1994, raising awareness and financial support for uncompensated care at Cook Children's Medical Center. Upon moving to Taos, N.M., in 2005 where she lived for nine years before returning to Fort Worth last year, Ann was actively involved in the Santa Fe Opera, the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter, the Taos Garden Club and the Harwood Museum as well as volunteering at Holy Cross Hospital. Ann was kind, compassionate and full of adventure -- she never shied away from an opportunity to learn something new or extend a helping hand to others. She was a fierce bridge competitor and enjoyed swimming, movies and traveling with friends. She loved to entertain and had a reputation for hosting amazing parties. Her intelligence and charm coupled with her take-charge attitude, motivated those around her to take action -- to be better and do more for others. The family would like to thank the following health care professionals for their exceptional care: Dr. Luis H. Martinez, Dr. Denzil D'Souza, Dr. N. Alan Davenport, Accolade Homecare and Hospice, and Still Water Staffing, specifically, Ann's nurses, Josh and Jolie. The attention and care she received from them was outstanding and we'll forever be grateful for the compassion you extended towards our Mother/Grandmother. Survivors: Son, King Hamilton; son, Chris Quinn; granddaughter, Cecelia Ann Quinn; son, Trey Quinn and daughter-in-law, Amy; grandchildren, Hudson Stewart Quinn and Olivia Francis Quinn; and cousin, John Rogers. Williams & Lucas Funeral Home 517 N. Sylvania, 817-838-2336
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