Anna Frances "Francie" Joy, nee Hayes, of Manchester, passed away on May 3, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Francie was born in Drimoleague, County Cork, Ireland to the late Jerome and Margaret (Keohane) Hayes. She was the second of eight children. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Timothy Joy, in 1988 and by her brothers, Sean, Willie, and sister, May O'Mahoney of County Cork, Ireland.
Francie was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend to many. Francie first emigrated to England, where she met and married Timothy Joy. They then emigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto for seven years where Patrick, Margaret, and Martin were born. In 1963 the family immigrated to Manchester and Brenda was born a year later. Francie was a homemaker until her children were grown and then she began her career with the AARP Pharmacy in East Hartford, where she worked for 20 years until its closing. She then began another career working for Caring Hands/ Visiting Nurse Association in Vernon working until 2011. Francie was an active member of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Manchester and the Irish American Home in Glastonbury. She was the 2006 St Patrick's Day Parade Marshal for Manchester proudly wearing her sash and walking with her pet dog in the Hartford parade.
Francie is survived by her four children, their spouses, and five grandchildren, Patrick Joy of Manchester, Margaret Ferraro and James of Lewisberry, Pa., Martin Joy of Manchester, and Brenda Keleher and Michael of Hebron; Kelly and Meghan Ferraro, Daniel, Liam, and Garrett Keleher will sorely miss their dear Nana. Francie is also survived by her sister, Rita Kinoulty, and sisters-in-law, Betty Shea and Helen Joy, all of London. Her surviving brothers and their wives are Jeremiah (Patricia), Denis (Kathleen), Thomas (Evelyn) all of County Cork, Ireland, and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Mass for Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 10, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Anna Frances Joy to St. Bridget's School, 74 Main St., Manchester.
The family of Anna Frances Joy would like to thank the staff of Visiting Nurses for their devotion and compassion to our dear mother.
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