Ellen Cecelia Dunlay Quam, daugher of John and Nita (Grubb) Dunlay was born, Sept. 25, 1917 in Orleans, Neb. She died July 17, 2011 at Brookstone Village in Omaha at the age of 93.
She attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Orleans first through eighth grades. She graduated from Orleans High School in 1935.
She graduated from Hastings Business College and then worked in Oxford, Neb. and Alma, Neb. for four years.
She moved to San Francisco, Calif. and worked for the Wall Street Journal and the Federal Government.
She met Sigurd Quam of Ekalaka, Mont., in San Francisco and they were united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were married in Salt Lake City because Sig was stationed there in World War II. She and their first daughter moved to Orleans while Sig served one year overseas. He left on her birthday, Sept. 25, 1944 and returned on Sept. 25, 1945.