Juanita ‘Nita’ Ann Elizabeth Cornell Quigley

By on May 19, 2010

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 Aug. 8, 1941, in Jeffers, Minn., 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 Oct. 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; 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, Ind.; siblings, Douglas Robert (Sherri) Shaw of Bertha, Minn, Michael Allen Shaw of Junction City, Wis., Mary Jean (Wayne) Herzog of Plover, Wis., William Steven (Jean) Shaw of Bertha, Minn., Gregory Mark (Pam) Shaw of Florida, Kathryn Joan (Scott) Oines of Park Rapids, Minn., Victoria Renee Kapphahn of Hoffmann, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Hank Quigley of Gary, Ind.; 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. She was a Personnel Specialist and achieved Personnel Assistant Manager status, Special Duty Assignment at AMC, IMA Chief for TACC and developed numerous guidance policies and were relied on and trusted to manage that command function. Nita was given the Air Force Meritorious Medal with Cluster, three Air Force Accommodation 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. She was a 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.

Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, May 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton, with Msgr. Donald Eichenseer and Fr. Eugene Kreher officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in St. Mary Cemetery, Trenton.

Visitation was Sunday, May 17, and Monday, May 18, 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 held services on Sunday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to www.mossfuneralhome.com.