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Sunday 31 August 2014

Sense of fun was hallmark of Joan

Published 02/04/2014 | 05:36

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Joan Moore.

Joan Moore (Nee) Kelly from Ballinoe, Tarmons East, Tarbert, grew up in a 'rambling house' and the sense of fun she learned there became a hallmark of her life.

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Joan Moore (Nee) Kelly from Ballinoe, Tarmons East, Tarbert, grew up in a 'rambling house' and the sense of fun she learned there became a hallmark of her life.

Joan was the youngest of six children born on August 21, 1932, to Ambrose and Margaret Kelly, in Kelly's Rd., Tarmons. Her mother was made a young widow in her early 30s when Joan was just a year and a half. Times were tough, but the family were close and worked together as a unit. Kelly's house was a rambling house, a thing of the past now, but a gathering place for neighbours and friends.

Joan's sister, Peggy, and husband, Micheal, ran a bar in Tarbert, where Joan spent many happy years as a barmaid.

Joan met and married Jimmy Moore and reared three children - Maura, Margaret and Thomas. Jimmy died at a young age and Joan was left as a young widow. But her strength came through, under the guidance of sister Peggy and her husband Micheal and brothers-in-law Mick and John Moore.

Joan's door was always open to everyone, her children's friends were all made welcome and never left hungry. From her rambling house roots, she and her siblings had the gift of making people feel welcome.

Joan's six grandchildren Mai, James, Kate, Danny, Aine and Siun made her very proud. She loved each of them for all the joy they brought her.

Joan fell ill six years ago. She was a strong, independent woman, but her illness took her independence away. However, she bore it with dignity, humour and grace. She lived at home with her son Thomas in the early part of her illness and then moved across the road to daughter Margaret and son-in-law Eamon. Joan was well cared for and greatly loved by her family. Her sense of humour was there right until the end.

Joan is survived by her brother Davy in New York, children Maura, Margaret and Thomas, sons-in-law Keith and Eamon, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Joan's family thank everyone, too many to mention for all the kind words and help given during the funeral and after. A special thank you to Listowel Community hospital, Dr Billy O'Connor and carer Joan Kiely.

Joan's months mind mass will be held in St. Mary's church Tarbert on Friday, April 11 at 7.30pm. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.

Kerryman

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