Joan G. (Conway) Mooney

AUBURN – Joan G. (Conway) Mooney passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, with her family by her side at Clover Healthcare in Auburn.

Joan was born March 12, 1933, in Lowell, Mass. The only child of George A. and Cecile Beaulieu Conway. She graduated from Lewiston High School in 1950. Joan enjoyed working at Ward Brothers of Lewiston prior to her attending, The Chamberlain School of Fashion Retailing in Boson.

On June 28, 1952, she married the love of her life, Francis “Dee” J. Mooney Jr. They enjoyed their blissful marriage for 71 years, which they celebrated on June 28th of this year. Joan and Dee settled in Auburn and raised their four children Katharine, Carol, Mary and John. They remained in their home for almost 67 years, a home she dearly loved. For the last four years they resided at Clover Health in Auburn.

In 1963 Dee and Joan purchased property at Tripp Lake, her “favorite place to be.” They summered there for many enjoyable years. Joan’s greatest accomplishments were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was involved with many of her children’s activities. 

Dee and Joan owned and operated “MOONEY’S” Chainsaw for many years. Upon retiring from MOONEY’S she worked for the Auburn School Department for 10-plus years as a bus aide.

After leaving the school department, Joan and Dee spent many delightful winters in Winter Haven, Florida. She loved to spend their time traveling with their lifelong friends, John and Beverly Preble, over many years.

Joan was predeceased by her husband, Francis J. Mooney Jr., on July 28 of this year; her parents, George and Cecile Conway; her in-laws, Francis J. Mooney and Gladys Carter Mooney; and her brother-in-law, Richard C. Mooney.

She is survived by her children: Katharine Mooney-Thayer (Robert), Carol Mooney Miller (James), Mary Mooney Ritchie (Michael), and John Conway Mooney (Maureen). Her Grandchildren: Katie Gatchell-Asselin (Coby), Rebecca Belleau (Jamie), Michelle Mooney Ritchie, Mauri Miller Dufour (Jay), James (Joey) Miller (Kristen), Nicole Ritchie (Chris Bain), Bryan Mooney (Kristin), Benjamin Mooney (Kristi); and her Great-Grandchildren: Kirsten Lupher, Jacob Lupher, Cassie Asselin, Camren Dufour, Conner Dufour, Elyse Miller, James Belleau II, Michael Belleau, Anna Belleau, Elizabeth Belleau, Alison Porter, Alexander Porter, Grace Porter, Thomas Cooper, Reese Ritchie, Gabriel Ritchie-Bain, Emma Mooney, Sydney Mooney, Gavin Mooney, John P. Mooney and Matthew Mooney.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation for Joan at The Fortin Group, 217 Turner Street, Auburn on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, 24 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn at 11 a.m.,Burial will be held in the Spring at Highland Cemetery in Poland.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.thefortingroupauburn.com for Joan’s family.

The family would like to express a thank you to Clover Healthcare Clare Unit and Steve from Carlow, The Androscoggin Hospice, especially Margaret and Alice for all of their wonderful care.


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