Drowning ruled in Sunday death

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Vicksburg mother and grandmother found Sunday afternoon in a private pond died from drowning, Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said.

No determination was made on whether she intentionally or accidentally entered the pond. “I don’t know how she ended up in the water. We may never know,” Huskey said. There was no indication or suspicion of foul play, said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace.

Ernestine Queen, 55, 92 Irene St., was found in about 18 inches of water by family members who were fishing at the pond owned by Richard George in the 6100 block of Fisher Ferry Road.

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She had been sitting in a pickup while her husband, Alexander Queen, daughters, Stacey O’Quinn and April Johnson, and grandsons Bryson O’Quinn and Ronnie Blossom III fished in various areas around the bank.

O’Quinn said she had seen her mother sitting in a vehicle about 15 minutes before the family found her in the water near a 4-foot drop from the bank.

She said her mother loved being outdoors with family despite her dislike for fishing. “She was a strong uplifted mother,” O’Quinn said Monday.

Officials received the call to the area at about 3:30 p.m., and Huskey said he pronounced Queen dead at 4.