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OBITUARY: Mary Elizabeth Carlson Quick Jones

Mary-Elizabeth---obit-pictureMary Elizabeth Carlson Quick Jones, 92, of Santa Fe, N.M., passed away on November 5, 2013, of natural causes.

In accordance with her wishes, Mary was interred at Santa Fe Memorial Gardens next to her first husband Lyman Wayne Quick, while her family sang her favorite songs, shared memories and poems, and cried a river.

Mary was born in Kansas City, Kan., on Sept. 23, 1921. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in May of 1939.  In May of 1941, she graduated from Kansas City Junior College.  She then studied at Trinity Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City, Mo., and in November of 1945 became a licensed registered nurse.

She married Lyman Wayne Quick on Nov. 24, 1946, in Colorado Springs, Colo. They moved to Santa Fe the summer of 1950 with their son Michael. Lyman went to work as a pharmacist at Zook’s Pharmacy and Mary worked as a nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital.


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In Santa Fe, the family grew with daughter Jennifer, born in 1954, and son Lance, born in 1960. They were happily married until Lyman’s untimely passing in 1968. Mary then began working as a school nurse for Pecos Independent Schools and later for Santa Fe Public Schools.

She married Byron B. Jones July 28, 1973.

In 1983 she retired from school nursing. She enjoyed traveling, fishing and playing the piano.  She was a fiendish Scrabble player and genuinely loved to visit with family and friends. During retirement, Mary and Byron spent every winter at the beach on the Sea of Cortez in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. In her later years, Mary moved to Rio Rancho, N.M., near her daughter, Jennifer. She stayed busy, making over 200 blankets for the Linus Project.

Mary is survived by her husband, Byron Jones; her children, Michael Quick, Jennifer Secrest and Lance Quick; grandchildren, Carlson Quick, Rhiana Quick, Elizabeth Secrest, Nathan Secrest, Sophia Secrest, Eliza Quick, Oliver Quick and Tanya Quick; two great-grandchildren, Liara Quick and Tyler Secrest; and extended family.

In lieu of flowers or memorial donations, please share your memories and photos of Mary on her Facebook memorial page. Search for Mary Quick-Jones on Facebook or go to, click “like” and then you can upload, post or comment. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit

Daniels Family Funeral Services

4310 Sara Road SE

Rio Rancho, NM 87124