Moss Funeral Home - Trenton, IL

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Trenton, IL 62293


Juanita "Nita" Ann

Cornell Quigley, CMSGT USAF, Ret.


  Visitation:  Sunday, May 16, 2010         4:00-8:00 PM
                    Monday, May 17, 2010         8:00-9:45 AM
                    Moss Funeral Home, Trenton

 Monday, May 17, 2010                10:00 AM
                    St. Mary Catholic Church, Trenton


Services 7:00 PM Sunday Evening at Funeral Home

Juanita “Nita” Ann Elizabeth Cornell Quigley, CMSGT USAF, Ret., nee Shaw, 68 of Trenton, died Friday, May 14, 2010 at her residence surrounded by her family. 

Nita was born August 8, 1941 in Jeffers, MN to Lloyd and Clara (Greiner) Shaw; they preceded her in death. 

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresa Jean Cornell; brothers, Duane Vincent Shaw, Lawrence Shaw, and Tommy Shaw; a sister, Joan Kay Shaw; maternal grandparents, Matthias and Anna Greiner; paternal grandparents, Jacob and Lottie Shaw; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Marion Quigley. 

She married Paul Anthony Quigley on October 9, 1976 and he survives in Trenton. 

Also surviving is a son, Bradley John (Debra) Cornell and a daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Joan (Curt) Meredith all of Elburn, IL; grandchildren, Jason Lloyd Bradley (Jaclyn) Cornell, Christopher Len (Jeny) Cornell, Angeline Joan Meredith, and Madeline Elyse Meredith; great-grandchildren, Noah Lloyd Bradley Cornell, Caleb Christopher Cornell, and Landon Levi Cornell; step-sons, Paul Quigley, Jr. of Dublin, Ireland and Michael Patrick (Jeanine) Quigley of Schererville, IN; siblings, Douglas Robert (Sherri) Shaw of Bertha, MN, Michael Allen Shaw of Junction City, WI, Mary Jean (Wayne) Herzog of Plover, WI, William Steven (Jean) Shaw of Bertha, MN, Gregory Mark (Pam) Shaw of Clearwater, FL, Kathryn Joan (Scott) Oines of Park Rapids, MN, Victoria Renee Kapphahn of Hoffman, MN;  a brother-in-law, Hank Quigley of Gary, IN; honorary sister, Sherry (Ron) Deien of Trenton; special friends, Charlotte (Gary) Reymond, Annie Duing all of Trenton, and Mary Douthitt, of Belleville; and a host of relatives and friends. 

Nita retired as a CMSGT after 26 years in the USAF.  She was an honor graduate of Basic Military Training, Personnel Training School, Air Force Recruiting School and was awarded Outstanding Recruiter of the Year, a Wing Career Advisor where she created the Career Counseling that is still used today, A Personnel Specialist and achieved Personnel Assistant Manager status, Special Duty Assignment at AMC, IMA Chief for TACC and developed numerous guidance policies and was relied on and trusted to manage that command function.  Nita was given the Air Force Meritorious Medal with Cluster, three Air Force Commendation Medals and three Achievement Medal Awards and also received numerous awards and was selected for Senior NCO of the Year for AMC in 2000. 

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Sodality where she served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, Trenton American Legion, Trenton VFW Auxiliary and Lifetime Member, Hospice of Southern Illinois volunteer, Multiple Sclerosis  Fundraising volunteer and participant in the 50 Mile MS Challenge Walk, Christian Missionary, and was a professional clown.  Nita formerly worked as a beautician and was the past owner/operator of Skeeter’s Cut & Curl Beauty Salon and Boutique in Elburn, IL. 

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, May 18, 2010 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton with Msgr. Donald Eichenseer and Fr. Eugene Kreher officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Trenton. 

Visitation will be Sunday, May 17, 2010 from 4:00-8:00 pm and again on Monday, May 18, 2010 from 8:00-9:45 am at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. 

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and will be received at the funeral home. 

The Trenton VFW Auxiliary will hold services at 7:00 pm Sunday evening at the funeral home.



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