Alice R. Quay

Date of Death: 7/28/2020

Alice R. Quay
Jan. 26, 1914 – July 28, 2020

Alice R. Quay, 106, Wayne, PA, formerly of Altoona, passed away Tuesday at her daughter’s residence.
She was born in Wilkes Barre, daughter of the late John and Myrtle (Engle) Renowden. On October 23,
1941 she married Frank C. Quay in Wilkes Barre. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1972,
and by her daughter Beth in 2011.
She is survived by a son, John Quay of College Park, MD; two daughters, Cora Quay of Doylestown and
Martha Quay Laird (Scott), of Wayne, PA; five grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Alice’s sense of call to her Christian faith, combined with her kind heart, led her to a life of active
volunteering in her church and community. She believed such work, however humble and simple, could
make a real difference.
Alice was one of the founding parents of the Arc of Blair County in 1954, and their persuasive work with
the Altoona School Board led to educational opportunities for the mentally challenged long before the
Federal mandate of 1975. She later served as the Arc board president. She was also a former member
of the Blair County MHMR Board, a chair member of Family Support Services Council, a member of the
Foster-Grandparent Advisory Council, and a volunteer with Contact Altoona.
Always active in her church, she taught Sunday school for many years and expanded that teaching to
religious education for the mentally challenged through the Ecumenical Conference of Greater Altoona
Religions Nurture Program. She was one of the first female Elders at the former Broad Avenue
Presbyterian Church (1972) and then in 1999, at the age of 85, served as the Moderator of Huntingdon
Presbytery. She was recognized by the whole Presbyterian denomination (PCUSA) as a 1992 recipient of
the “Women of Faith” award, and in 2004 was again recognized for her years of loving volunteer service
to the Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Home.
A private family graveside service, led by Pastor Dennis Braun, will be held on Monday, August 3 at Alto
Reste Park. Because of COVID restrictions, a memorial service for Alice Quay will be in the form of a
video memorial service. If interested in viewing this service, leave an email message at
alicequaymemorial@gmail.com, and a family member will respond with the start date of when the
video service will be ready for viewing.

Memorial donations can be made to the Arc of Blair County, 431 Jackson Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602, or
online at www.thearcblair.org.
Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave. Altoona, PA.
Condolences may be offered at stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com or Stevens Family Funeral Homes
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