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Obituary: Shirley Rae Cutler Quist

Published: Thursday, Sept. 4 2003 12:00 a.m. MDT

Cutler Quist

1924 ~ 2003

After a valiant fight Shirley Rae Cutler Quist succumbed to multiple serious illnesses after suffering multiple seizures on August 6, 2003. She returned to our loving Heavenly Father September 3, 2003.

Shirley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah September 11, 1924, the only child of Milton and Reanon Cutler. A long time Holladay resident she attended Granite High School and the University of Utah where she earned her degree in Nursing. She married George R. Quist on September 14, 1945 in Omaha, Nebraska which was solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple the following year. After raising her children she completed her education and worked as a cardiac critical care nurse at VA and various other area hospitals.

Shirley is survived by her eternal companion of 58 years George R. Quist, and her four children; Christie Overbaugh, G. Robert Quist (Tracy), Scott Quist (Lisa) and Rodger Quist, all of whom live locally; grandchildren, Emily Marshall, Jason Overbaugh, Rachel and Jacob Quist, Andrew, Amanda, and Adam Quist, Stephanie, Matthew, Melissa, and Ryan Quist; great-grandchildren, Jordan Buckner, Samantha and Jonathan Overbaugh.

She has a fun loving spirit, was an adventurous soul who enjoyed several sports at an age when many people would not consider doing such things. She took up snow skiing at the age of 48, snorkeling at age 60, and boogie boarding at age 62. She was a true renaissance woman who balanced the various demands of home, school, work, with ease. She loved all things relating to Hawaii especially the years the family spent living there. Other particular things she enjoyed were flying kites off the back of the family houseboat at Lake Powell, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the endless quest for knowledge. She loved traveling having visited all continents save Africa and Antarctica and had a voracious appetite for books. She excelled at all activities she pursued. Shirley held many positions in her ward and in the stake Relief Society presidency, and was always a constant support to her husband. Shirley diligently assisted George as they built the family company, Security National Financial Corporation, now one of the largest companies in Utah. Her kind loving manner and honesty will long be remembered, and her warm happy smile even while in the most difficult of health circumstances during her final years. She was a friend to many, active in politics in her earlier years, she was the hostess when her husband president of the National Association of Life Companies where she had many friends. She always accepted people for who they were.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2003 at the Holladay 10th Ward Chapel, 4601 South Chapel St (2565 E.), Holladay Utah. A Viewing will be held Friday September 5, 2003 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 South Highland Drive, Holladay Utah and at the church prior to services Saturday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Entombment at Holladay Memorial Park, 4900 Memory Lane (1990 E).

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