A member of our family will assist you throughout the death care process, whether it be through pre-arrangements, funeral arrangements, funeral service or community activities. Our staff resides in the Beaches and surrounding Jacksonville areas participating in many community activities, including clubs, charities and churches. They are members of Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, the Ponte Vedra Community Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Beaches, the Long-time Newcomers Club, Haven Hospice, and they volunteer with Community Hospice. The Quinn and Shalz families are also active members of St. Paul's Catholic Church and Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.
Our Funeral Directors
Darlene B. Smith
A graduate of Florida Community College with an Associate of
Science in Mortuary Science, she has been employed with Quinn-Shalz, A Family
Funeral Home & Cremation Centre since 2002 and Managing Director since
2006. Darlene has five children, Melissa, Nikki, Cory, Lyndsey, and Logan and
five grandchildren, Makayla, Madison, Hayden, Cameron, and Marci. She is an
active member of First Baptist Church.
Damien is a graduate of Florida Community College with an Associate of Science in Mortuary Science as well as a graduate of University of North Florida with a Bachelors of Business Management. He has been involved in funeral care for the past three years and has been employed with Quinn Shalz, A Family Funeral Home & Cremation Centre since 2015. He is a native of Cocoa Beach, Florida, and has lived in Jacksonville, Florida since 2005.
Terry is a graduate of St. Petersburg College with an Associate in Science in Funeral Service; he has been employed with Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home & Cremation Centre since 2015. Terry is a Jacksonville transplant coming from Southwest Florida where he began his career in funeral service after a career in nonprofit and animal welfare management. Terry is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Mary Quinn Shalz is the owner and president of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home. She and Michael Shalz married in 1992 and moved to Jacksonville from Kansas City in 1994. Their son, Jacob Quinn Shalz, was born in 1996. After the death of her husband, she began to play a more active role in the funeral home. In 2013 she retired from her career of teaching elementary school to further dedicate herself to her late husband’s legacy. As Quinn-Shalz serves the Beaches community, Mary spends much of her time volunteering for various community resources. She is involved with Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM), Beaches Community Kitchen, Beaches Habitat and volunteers in area schools and assists in tutoring students. Mary and Jacob are forever grateful to the outpouring of love and support bestowed upon them at the time of Michael’s unexpected death at the age of 46, and are fortunate to feel that love to this day. It is an honor to serve the community and support families as they face the challenges of losing a loved one.
Mrs. John (Jack) T. Quinn USA ret, Kay, played an active role in her community. When she and Jack moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1991 she quickly became involved in Newcomers, bridge and mahjong groups, BEAM, St Vincent de Paul as well as St Paul’s Catholic Church and Our Lady Star of the Sea. Using her skills of Social Worker and an Army wife for 30 years, Kay, a mother of six, and breast cancer survivor, mastered many talents ranging from packing up and moving, entertaining, volunteering, creativity of sewing and numerous crafts, to managing a family even while her husband served 3 tours in Vietnam. Her love and devotion to family and friends was so apparent and appreciated by all who came into contact with her.