Nelsen Williamsburg


Ellen Marie McQuillen

September 3, 1942November 22, 2021

Marie McQuillen, 79, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on November 22, 2021. She was preceded in death by her mother, Freeda Barnette.

For many years, Marie worked as a medical secretary for Womancare of Williamsburg.

Marie was an avid reader and cookbook collector. She spent much of her time traveling, making special memories in Lancaster and Nashville, TN, seeing the Oak Ridge Boys at the Grand Ole Opry.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Gary McQuillen; son, Mark McQuillen (Tina); daughter, Pam McQuillen Sych; grandchildren, Jason McQuillen, Taylor McQuillen, Matthew Sych, and Kasey Sypolt (Ryan); great-grandchildren, Kyndall Sych and Grayson Sypolt; sister, Patty Raines (Ed); and nephew, Eddie; as well as many beloved family and friends.

A visitation will be held from 6-8:00pm on Friday, November 26, 2021 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Marie’s honor to the Salvation Army Christmas Fund.


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Julio Da Silva

November 29, 2021

It must be extremely difficult losing a loved one during the holidays. We are thankful for Ellen Marie's life and how she served at the Womancare of Williamsburg - a testimony to her caring and compassionate spirit. Even in her passing, for her to remember those in need through donations to The Salvation Army speaks volumes. Thank you Mrs. McQuillen for encouraging others to do as you did, share the love. May God bless and comfort the McQuillen family as only He can.

Lanny Freeland

November 28, 2021

Gary, Pam, Mark and family. I have to say your mom was the sweetest lady I've known. We had many good times at Womancare going to lunch & just being together. As you all know I have known Marie so long and I am surely going to missed her. I babysit Mark & Pam, had cookouts at mom & dads house just across the street on most Sundays. Remember all the good times you had with Marie. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love each of you. Please call if there is anything we can do.

Patricia Foor

November 26, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. Marie was such warm and kind person with a wonderful sense of humor. She will certainly be missed by family and friends.

Bill Hopkins

November 24, 2021

Marie was a sweet lady, always smiling when ever I saw her no matter how she felt. Always a pleasure to talk to and she was a giving Mother to her children and grand and great grand children. She is at rest now with no pain and suffering, but you can bet she will keep and eye on her family from heaven. Marie has earned her wings in heaven because she was an angel here on earth. The family is in our prayers may God give you peace knowing she is in a better place no more sorrow no more pain. Love you McQuillen family!💕💔Bill Hopkins and family!

Chuck Smith

November 24, 2021

Gary and family, we are so sorry for your loss.
Marie will be missed by everyone who knew her.
You are in our thoughts.
Chuck and Sharon Smith

Debbi Hall

November 23, 2021

Marie was the kind of person who left you feeling better just to have known them. I regret not getting to know her sooner than I did. She was truly one of God’s miracles! Sending much love and sympathy to Gary and the rest of the family. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Betsy Turner

November 22, 2021

Marie was one of the sweetest, gentlest people I’ve ever known. She dearly loved her family and always had a smile to share. My sympathy to Gary, Pam, Mark, and her extended family.