Minnie Quinn Saieed

December 19, 1921 - November 21, 2018
Minnie Quinn Saieed

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Born December 19, 1921 – November 21, 2018, at the age of 96, leaves a large and loving family of 5 children, 7 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, and extended family members and friends who adore her.

Minnie married Daniel Ray Saieed, Sr, in 1944. She became a loving part of the larger Saieed family in Greenville, NC who operated Saieed’s Department Store from 1920 to 1960. She so enjoyed the many years of Saieed family gatherings and reunions and trips to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina where the family summered in the family cottages. She was an active member of Greenville Presbyterian Church, Greenville Country Club, and North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh, NC. She enjoyed the many friends in Greenville and later in Raleigh, NC, and Wilmington, NC, where Minnie and Dan retired.

A graduate of East Carolina University, she was elected Miss East Carolina, 1942. Minnie was a high school teacher, Mother, and loyal wife to Daniel Ray Saieed of 68 years. She was the consummate southern lady, extending kindness to all, gracious, strong and accepting of others no matter their circumstances. She enjoyed bridge, a love of literature, cooking, and entertaining on a perfectly set dining room table. Her family will miss her immensely and she will forever be in their hearts.

She was preceded in death by her parents Graham and Lillian Rivenbark Quinn, her husband Daniel Ray Saieed, Sr, and her brother Graham Smith Quinn, Jr.
She was the devoted Mother of Daniel Ray Saieed, Jr. (Karen) of Chattanooga, TN, Lillian Jenkins (Eldridge) of Wilmington,NC, Sylvia Livingston(Frank) of Oak Island, NC, Steve Saieed(Mary) of Wilmington, NC, Suzanne Olson(Jim) of Malvern, Pa.

She was the beloved Grandmother of Sam Saieed (Alicia), Stephen Saieed (Tracey), Kelly Barnes, James Sullivan (Dorothy), Heather Gleason (Patrick), John, Quinn, and Garrett Olson. Great Grandmother to Bradley, Sydney, and twins Nora and Oliver.

She is also survived by her loving nephew Dr. Graham E. Quinn (Dianne) of Philadelphia, Pa, niece, Linda Quinn Rawlett (Matt) of Leland, NC, and niece, Carolyn Williams (John) of New Bern, NC.

The family will have an open house in honor of Minnie on Saturday, December 15th, 2018, 2:30pm to 4:30pm at 5934 Chester Street, Wilmington, NC.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to SECU Hospice House, 955 Mercy Lane, Southeast, Bolivia North Carolina.

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  • November 28, 2018
    Mare Petras says:
    Dear Saieed Family: I am truly sorry for your loss. I was lucky to meet Minnie a few times, but I mostly know of her through her youngest daughter, my dearest friend Suzanne. My fondest Minnie memory is from a weekend visit where she warmly greeted Suzanne and me at the door with a plate of beautifully prepared tea sandwiches. The epitome of a Southern belle, Minnie was elegant and refined with an inner grit that also made her a mother extraordinaire. May your many wonderful memories help fill your tremendous void.

  • February 11, 2019
    Kay Davis says:
    On behalf of Phyllis Abeyounis and family, we extend our sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. We didn’t know until after her passing. “Aunt Minnie”, as we kids called her, was an elegant person in every way.... a true southern lady with impeccable manners, charm, and taste. Our mom thoroughly enjoyed telling us of the friendship she had with her and fun times they shared together...your parents and ours spent time together in their younger years, as well. Please accept our apology for just now responding, as well as our sorrow in your loss. She was always a beautiful person. Phyllis, Kay, Jane and Morris