Nancy E. Quynn, immigration attorney and special friend to Georgia’s Hispanic communities, passed away last month after a battle with lung cancer.
Her practice was based in Tifton, Georgia, but for the past 20 years, Nancy made regular visits to Southeast Georgia where she held free legal clinics and assisted countless Hispanic families with legal documents and adjustments to their immigration status.
Andrea Hinojosa, Executive Director of Southeast Georgia Communities Project (SEGCP) in Lyons, Georgia was a special friend and wrote the following remembrance:
“On January 16, 2018, I lost a board member, colleague, friend, sister and a true advocate for our immigrant community. She was a founding member of SEGCP and contributed over two decades of service to our local immigrant community by offering legal clinics twice a month at our offices.
Nancy was an awesome addition to the SEGCP and her efforts were critical to the success of our agency. She served hundreds of clients and through our outreach efforts, she was able to unite entire families– mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and children.
Many times Nancy charged only minimal fees to low-income families and, in many special cases, even provided free, pro-bono legal assistance. I was present many times when Nancy had to give bad news to someone because they did not qualify for a benefit. Not once did she take a dime from them.
In our history of working together, not once did we have a family member left behind during a legal process, or a client that left the country for counselor processing, or a client that came back without a legal benefit.
Nancy helped many, though sometimes she would not take a case due to concern that the legal risks might outweigh the possible benefits. But through all the years, she took her cases seriously and together we celebrated many family reunifications. Our relationship was based on trust, honesty, and good client relations. True advocacy and quality work was our idea of good service to our community.
With Nancy’s passing, we have lost a warrior, an advocate, and a friend. For all those who benefited from her services, please know that Nancy E. Quynn will be missed, but never forgotten.
We love you Nancy. May God receive you in all his Glory amiga!
Quynn’s obituary follows:
Nancy Elizabeth Quynn, 60, of Tifton passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at her residence. Her funeral service was at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Saint Annes Episcopal Church with the Rev. Lonnie Lacey officiating. Ms. Quynn will be laid to rest at a later date. The family received friends Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.
Born December 5, 1957 in Danville, Virginia, Ms. Quynn was the daughter of the late Russell Hoover Quynn, Jr. and Frances Gwendolyn Suitt Quynn. She was a 1976 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia; a 1980 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia; and a 1986 graduate of The University of Virginia School of Law. At one point in time, she worked as a paralegal at McGuire Woods in Richmond, Virginia.
Nancy has served the community of Tifton for many years as an immigration attorney. Additionally, Ms. Quynn was one of the initial co-founders of Southeast Georgia Communities Project in Lyons, GA, which is an advocacy organization that serves migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. Ms. Quynn was also the legal clinic attorney at the organization since its inception in 1995. Her work at SEGCP was a blessing and her service to the community, often was pro-bono. She will be greatly missed as a supporter, advocate, colleague and friend.
Nancy was an extremely passionate, loyal and very caring person. She was always a champion for the underdog and her colleagues felt it a privilege to work alongside of her.
Ms. Quynn is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Victoria and Michael Golen; one brother, Russell Quynn, III; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Patricia Quynn and Anne and Robert Ritko; one granddaughter, Laila Golen; a niece, Meredith Ritko; and a nephew, Michael Ritko. Nancy was also survived by numerous close friends, whom she loved dearly.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial gifts may be made to Catholic Charities Atlanta, 2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30345.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the online guest registry at www.bowen-donaldson.com. Services for Nancy are under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.