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 Marie May <I>Quaas</I> Acevado

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Marie May Quaas Acevado

  • Birth 16 Jul 1917 Linn County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 20 Jan 2014 Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Body donated to medical science
  • Memorial ID 124008656

Marie May Quaas Acevedo of The Meth-Wick Community quietly passed away Jan. 20, 2014. She generously chose to donate her body to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. A Memorial Mass will be held later at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids is assisting the family.

Marie was born July 16, 1917, on her family's farm near Cedar Rapids (now Twin Pines Golf Course), the youngest of three daughters of William and Lydia (Karch) Quaas. She graduated from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids and received a teachers certificate from Coe College. After teaching elementary grades in Alburnett in 1940, she earned a B.S. degree with a certificate in public health nursing and a graduate degree in nursing at the University of Minnesota. She held public health nursing positions in Mitchell and Crawford counties, Iowa.

In 1943, Marie enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She served in hospitals in Clinton, Iowa, Camp Kilmer, N.J., and Devonshire, England. She was then transferred to the Pacific war zone and served in military hospitals in Oahu and Kauai (Hawaii), Ie-Shima and Okinawa. She was discharged from service in 1946 with the rank of First Lieutenant. She received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with bronze service star, the World War II Victory Medal and four other overseas service bars.

Returning to civilian life, Marie worked for the Christmas Seal (TB) Association in Wisconsin and as a nurse for Blue Island (Illinois) High School. In 1951, Marie re-enlisted for the Korean War. She served in Army hospitals at Fort Leonard Wood and Camp Crowder, Mo., Fort Riley, Kan., and Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

In 1954, she married Lt. Colonel Mario Acevedo, a Colombian Army hospital administrator, at Fort Sam Houston. They lived in Bogota, Colombia, and Miami until his death in 1971.

Marie returned to Iowa in 1973 and resumed her nursing career at Osteopathic, Iowa Methodist, and Iowa Lutheran hospitals in Des Moines and the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Knoxville.
She retired to Cedar Rapids in 1978. Marie then volunteered at the Mercy Hospital Family Practice Clinic and assisted children with reading at Polk Elementary School.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Crystal (Merlen) Schrimper and Millie (Earl) Bennett; nephew, John (Darlene) Schrimper; and grandnephew, Michael Schrimper.
She is survived by nieces, Joyce (Darrell) Ulch of Cedar Rapids and Elaine (Phil) Atherton-Wilder of Huntington Beach, Calif.; nephew, George (Alliene) Schrimper of Iowa City; grandnieces, Kathy Ulch of Cedar Rapids and Susan (Jeff) Milbach and Nancy Schrimper of Marion; grandnephews, David Ulch of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ken (Kelly) Atherton of Santa Ana, Calif.; and cousin, Roy Quaas of Alburnett.

Marie will be remembered for her welcoming smile, unwavering faith and compassionate spirit.

To those who knew her, Marie was regarded as a role model for being a lifetime learner and achiever. These qualities, as well as her positive attitude and sincere caring for others, will be truly missed.

A memorial service will be held for Marie at a future time and place yet to be determined.
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  • Added: 23 Jan 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 124008656
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marie May Quaas Acevado (16 Jul 1917–20 Jan 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124008656, ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 47214540) Body donated to medical science.