Rundgren, Millicent Quinn

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Millicent Elizabeth Quinn Rundgren was led to the Lord’s house on September 12th, 2021 of complications from COVID-19 following a brief hospitalization at Lewis-Gale Montgomery Hospital, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Millicent was born on in Gaston County (Dallas) North Carolina during an exceptionally fierce snowstorm as the second child of Earl ‘Buck’ Alexander Quinn and Willy-Ruth Hovis Quinn. Her devotion and belief in the Lord were bestowed upon her through her upbringing and fellowship in the church at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas NC. She completed her primary education in 1962 from Dallas High School, and in 1966 bestowed a Baccalaureate degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.

She began employment with the State of Virginia as a Cooperative Extension Agent, with an initial posting to the field office in Washington County. A subsequent posting to Giles County in 1968 followed by a transitional assignment to the Extension office at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) had led her to the New River Valley. During this period, she met David Walker Rundgren and the two were joined in marriage on at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pearisburg, VA. She fulfilled one additional posting as a Cooperative Agent in Highland County prior taking on her most challenging and rewarding calling of raising their two sons, initially in Augusta County before returning to Giles in 1984. To her sons she dedicated all her time and energy while impressing insight, knowledge, discipline, love, respect, and devotion to church.

Millicent was never to be found without a cup of coffee. She deeply appreciated all flora but was most often found engaged in conversation surrounding vegetable and flower gardening. She was always supportive of and strove to inspire all students to excel. Upon earning her bus license, she often drove Giles High School athletes, particularly the Cross Country and Track-&-Field teams and provided encouragement. An avid reader, she also enjoyed music, as a member of the church choir, through NPR programs and classical sets, along with her beloved Christmas albums. Above all though, Millicent was dedicated to the church, committed to family and took great pride in observing her grandchildren’s achievements.

Millicent is preceded in death by her parents and youngest sister, Deborah Ruth Harris. She is survived by her husband, David, brother William ‘Bill’ Earl Quinn (Sylvia) of Tennessee, sister Patricia ‘Pat’ Diane Presley of North Carolina, sons COL Shane C. (Amanda) Rundgren of North Carolina and Brian T. (Amy) Rundgren of Barboursville, WV, along with six grandchildren; Quinn, Alexandra, Ariana, Aven, Anna, and Mina.

Due to continuing difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the family has moved to celebrate Millicent’s life during a Memorial Service scheduled for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made through the Redeemer Pearisburg Scholarship to the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary at Lenior-Rhyne University ( or 828.328.7321), to The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation (, or to your preferred charity in Millicent’s name.

A guestbook is available by visiting Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke will be serving the Rundgren family.