Colleen Gail Nowlin McQuiston, age 61, of Bluffton, SC passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 1, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. McQuiston was born on May 1, 1957 in Valparaiso, IN. She was a 1981 graduate of Valparaiso University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Following her formal education and after several years of raising her children she began her career as an elementary school teacher. She started with Eden Christian Academy in Pittsburgh, PA and throughout her career taught at Kinard Elementary School in Clover, SC, Shell Point Elementary School in Beaufort, SC, and lastly, Bluffton Elementary School in Bluffton, SC. She was an active member of Live Oak Christian Church where she served on various ministry teams in addition to leading and participating in small groups, Bible studies and prayer groups. Outside of work and church involvement, Colleen enjoyed traveling and gardening, but most of all, spending time with her family.
Mrs. McQuiston was preceded in death by her father, Donald B. Nowlin. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Douglas R. McQuiston; daughters, Meghan E. Biggers (Allen) of Charleston, SC and Laura K. Tolbert (Jeremy) of Greenville, SC; son, Andrew D. McQuiston of Charleston, SC; mother, Charlotte A. Nowlin of Valpariaso, IN; brothers, David B. Nowlin (Cheri) of Rensselaer, IN and James E. Nowlin (Joan) of Valparaiso, IN; sister, Deborah S. Rigg (Thomas) of Valpariaso, IN; grandchildren, Everett C. Biggers, Pierson B. Biggers, Charlotte Colleen Biggers, and a soon-to-be arriving granddaughter. She is also survived by her beloved dogs, Savannah, Lily, and Chloe.
A visitation and memorial service will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in Bluffton, SC. The visitation will be held at the May River Chapel in Palmetto Bluff from 10-11 am, with a memorial service to follow on the Village Green in Palmetto Bluff at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Live Oak Christian Church or Bluffton Elementary School by mail.