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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: 'Trust and Obey' is the story of George and Dorothy Quier

  • “Trust and Obey,” the story of George and Dorothy Quier’s life together, probably won’t make the New York Times best-seller list, but that’s mainly because it had such a small press run.



    “There were 30 copies made and I thought that was way too many, but I’ve only got five copies left,” said Mrs. Quier in a telephone interview from her Joplin home.

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  • “Trust and Obey,” the story of George and Dorothy Quier’s life together, probably won’t make the New York Times best-seller list, but that’s mainly because it had such a small press run.
    “There were 30 copies made and I thought that was way too many, but I’ve only got five copies left,” said Mrs. Quier in a telephone interview from her Joplin home.
    It was Ralph Shead, Carl Junction, Mo., former missionary who is now with Learning and Teaching Ministries (LATM) in Joplin, who suggested she write the couple’s story of teaching in various places around the country.
    “Ralph said, ‘I want to publish that’,” Mrs. Quier said. “It took a couple of years to write it all down. I wanted the books by Christmas, and Ralph worked real hard to get them for us.”
    The title comes from the hymn, “Trust and Obey,” and her beloved son, Jeff Quier, who died in 1996 at the age of 32 from complications of lymphoma.
    “When he was 7 he said to me, ‘Remember, Mother, trust and obey. That’s what we heard at Sunday school today’,” Mrs. Quier said. “I can’t sing that song today without crying.”
    She was born in Walnut, the daughter of Charles and Geraldine Clark. Her father was a bank president, and her mother taught music. Her husband was born and raised in Pittsburg, the son of John T. and Nevella Quier. His father operated Quier’s Meat Market. A brother, Jack Quier, owned the Tower Ballroom.
    “We were both music majors and we met playing in the band,” Mrs. Quier said. “We sang in the choir at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg for years.”
    They were married on Christmas Day, 1950, when the bride was teaching fourth grade at Ottawa.
    “We got married on Christmas Day because it’s a holiday for teachers and college students,” Mrs. Quier said.
    Both taught in Arcadia in the early 1950s, then Quier went to the University of Kansas. He taught at KU for five years, then returned to Arcadia in the 1960s as school superintendent. When the school closed in 1965 he was a teacher, principal and superintendent. Mrs. Quier taught music.
    “Ralph Shead was in my band,” she said.
    Quier taught in other places, including Silver City, N.M., and Trinidad, Colo. Returning closer to home, he was at Ozark Christian College, Joplin, for a time.
    They are now retired in Joplin, and have lived in their current home for 25 years, which is the longest they have lived together anywhere.
    “We moved so much before that the longest we lived in a house was about five years,” Mrs. Quier said. “George is a builder and he built or remodeled all our houses.”
    Page 2 of 2 - He’s now 83, and his wife is 82. They loved snow skiing and still have a boat.
    “George has always had a boat and he’s built his boats,” Mrs. Quier said. “The boat we have now is a 23-foot sailboat. We keep it at Grand Lake during the summer, and bring it home over the winter. George repairs the boat, and I repair the sail.”
    In addition to their late son, who left a daughter Paige Marie Quier, the couple has a daughter, Cheri Thebeau, an attorney who has two children.
    Family and close friends have already or will get copies of “Trust and Obey” so they can have a record of the couple’s rich and wonderful life together.
    “George is just an amazing man,” Mrs. Quier said. “That’s why I wanted to write this.”
    She looks back fondly on their memories together and her memories growing up in Walnut, where both sets of grandparents also lived.
    “That’s what’s the matter with America today,” Mrs. Quier said. “The children don’t have close families like that any more. We also need to get back to the Bible.”
     
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