Joan Mulhern Herring

7 April, 195318 February, 2021

Joan Theresa Mulhern Herring, 67 of Houston, TX passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Joan was born in Wilkes Barre, PA on April 7, 1953 to Bernard James Mulhern and Lucille Nolan Mulhern.

She was a graduate of Lansdale Catholic High School and holds an Undergraduate Degree from West Chester University, Graduate Degree from Lehigh University, and a Law Degree from South Texas College of Law.

Upon graduating, Joan began her professional career at Wood Lucksinger followed by her work with Marty Herring & Associates. Soon after, she transferred her energies and enthusiasm into raising her family, which included anything necessary for friends, plays, costumes, and their interest in sports. Family meant everything to Joan. Not just her children but her sisters, nieces, nephews, and grandnieces, and grand-nephews. She made every one of her loved ones feel important and left them with great memories and gratitude for the positive impact she had on their lives. Joan very much enjoyed cooking and used it as a way to bring her family and friends together. She even created a family cookbook full of recipes passed down from generation to generation.

Joan’s greatest attribute was her ability to make everyone laugh with her outrageous and infectious humor. She had an ability to never shy away from conversations with people, be it in a professional setting, party, or in an elevator, no matter how uncomfortable it made her family members. Her desire to help others only came naturally when supporting those in need or personal, professional, and legal advice. Joan was unfailingly loyal to those lucky enough to call her mom, sister, aunt, or friend. Joan is survived by her four children, Caitlin Tebo and her husband, Cameron; Kelsey Noble and her husband, Mike; Shelby Oakley and her husband, Spencer; Logan Herring; grandchildren Theodore “Teddy” Richard Tebo and Amelia “Millie” Joan Noble; and seven grand puppies, who meant the world to her. They will carry their mother’s and grandmother’s memory with them forever.

She is also survived by her beloved four sisters, Christine Church, Ellen Toadvine, Janice Ricchio, her twin sister, and Allison Freeman, along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Joan is preceded in death by her father, Bernard James Mulhern and mother, Lucille Nolan Mulhern. Joan did not want a service, but there will be a private Celebration of Life with details to follow. In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that you consider donating to the ALS Foundation of Texas in her name.

I’m Free My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.


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Jan Ricchio

23 February 2021

Joan is my twin sister. Our entire lives people have asked us what it is like to be a twin. Having never been without a twin, it was hard to answer. It is easier now. It was wonderful to be a twin to Joan. I always had a trusted friend to whom I never had to explain myself. She knew me from Day 1. She supported me, made me laugh, helped me immeasurably throughout my life, loved my children as her own and shared hers with me.
Even throughout the last 5 months of her suffering with the losses and pain of ALS, we laughed together and cried together....together. I will never know what it is like to not be her twin and I am forever grateful for that.

Molly Herring

22 February 2021

As an adult I had the opportunity to form a relationship with my Aunt Joan. A huge shortcoming in my childhood was not having more of her in it. One of my first interactions after many years apart was in Houston where she lovingly opened her home to me after days of travel with a horrible bug. She rushed me in and wrapped me up in a loving mothering way and cared for me like I was one of her own. I could never thank her enough for her hospitality and love. She was kind and intelligent and an amazing mother and she will be deeply missed. May she Rest In Peace and her legacy live on through her adoring family.

Caitlin Tebo

22 February 2021

My mom was just the best. She always made us feel so special and seen when we were feeling homesick or lonely. When I was in school in Manhattan, I was feeling overwhelmed and small and she called me and told me that she had sent me a package and that they were calling her to let her know they were downstairs trying to deliver it. I came down the elevator in my dorm and there she was. I broke down in tears of joy to see my mom standing at security. It was the absolute best package I could have imagined. We spent the next few days seeing as many shows as we could and eating great food. Seeing her face always put a smile on mine and I hope to be half the mother to my children that she was to my siblings and me. We are inordinately lucky to have had the time with her that we did. I love you to pieces, Mama.

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