Jean Pimentel Quint, a retired teacher whose family kept North Sacramento on the move in its heyday, died April 18 of congestive heart failure, her family said. She was 91.
Mrs. Quint was born three years before a collection of neighborhoods north of the American River incorporated in 1924. Proud of her roots, she enjoyed telling stories about fun childhood activities including skating at the Iceland rink and lifelong friendships formed in North Sacramento, a close-knit community that was an independent city until it merged with Sacramento in 1964.
She grew up in south Hagginwood, where her parents owned and operated the North Sacramento Bus Line. Fare tickets were 15 cents each, or four for 50 cents.
Mrs. Quint recalled that her father provided transportation for a Buster Keaton movie filmed in Sacramento. The family also contracted with the North Sacramento School District and housed the Hagginwood Volunteer Fire Department's fire trucks.
"The bus sheds were in the back of her house," said her son Kevin. "The mechanics all hung out at the house. The drivers dropped off the money bags at the end of their shifts through her parents' bedroom window, sometimes as late as 1 in the morning."
Mrs. Quint retired in 1976 after teaching for 30 years in the North Sacramento school district, which is now part of the Twin Rivers district. She taught at Hagginwood Elementary School and Grant Union High School, where she graduated in 1939.
She was born June 24, 1921, in Sacramento to Hazel and William Pimentel and graduated from the University of Oregon. She was a charter member of the Rancho Del Paso Historical Society and belonged to other groups, including PEO, a philanthropic organization for women, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and United Portuguese Council.
She was married for 51 years and had three children with Louis Quint Sr., former dean of vocational education at American River College. He died in 1998.
Mrs. Quint is survived by her children, Vicki Rinne of Davis, Kevin of Fallon, Nev., and Lou Jr. of Beaverton, Ore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. May 18 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral or Sacramento SPCA.
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