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Joyce Moore DONLON

July 10, 1927November 16, 2020
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DONLON, Joyce Moore, lovingly known as ‘Mamaw’– Age 93. Entered Heaven on November 16, 2020. She was born in Dickson, TN on July 10, 1927.

She is preceded in death by her devoted husband of almost 50 years, Norbert, ‘Chile’ Donlon and her grandson, Stephen Joseph Donlon, her loving parents, Finis Franklin Moore and Ruthie Coleman Moore, her beloved sister, Lucille Irene Moore Gray, brothers Murray Franklin Moore, Ennis Claude Moore and James Morris Moore.

She is survived by sons, Patrick J. Donlon (Ellen) of Nashville, TN, William E. Donlon (Nancy) of Nashville, TN, Timothy Mark Donlon (Chrissy) of Nashville, TN, daughter, Ruth Donlon Bowles (Tony) of Nashville, TN, sisters, Alma Marie Moore Smith, Mildred Nell Moore Clay (Doug), and sister in law, Diane Moore all of Goodlettsville, TN.

Joyce was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren whom she loved and adored as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews from the Moore and Donlon families. Joyce graduated from Goodlettsville High School in 1944. She married the love of her life, Chile, on June 5th, 1953.

She was a long time parishioner at Christ the King Church and attended St. Patrick’s for many years with her husband once her children were grown. Later in life, she attended St. Ann’s and St. Henry’s with her grandchildren.

She worked at South Central Bell for many years and at one time held a part time retail job in Hillsboro Village.

She eventually devoted herself to the job of her calling, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She also enjoyed keeping the books and invoices for her husband’s business, Donlon Sheet Metal Co., and helping her niece Lucy Karen Clay at her business, Expressways to Learning. She was the number one babysitter to all the grandchildren over the years, even taking them on cabin trips, fishing and exploring with Chile.

She worked tirelessly and selflessly to always create a loving home filled with fresh baked goods and she put a hot meal on the table three times a day. Everything was always homemade and made with love. She had firm rules and expectations, but never missed an opportunity to be in on a good joke and kept her sense of humor until the end. Her specialties were many, but her homemade rolls and homemade Nestle Tollhouse cookies were legendary.

She was mother to the neighborhood kids, the Christ the King crew and beyond. If you brought a friend home from college she would feed them and do their laundry like they were part of the family. Everyone knew on a winter’s snow day they could get a warm chocolate chip cookie, a cup of hot cocoa and a loving place to dry off at Mrs. Donlon’s house while Chile was outside soaping the sleds for the next round down the hill.

Joyce had many talents. She was an excellent seamstress, sewed many clothes for her children and grandchildren through the years, including doll clothes and repairing beloved stuffed animals and she could beat you in Checkers with one eye closed!

Joyce was truly one of a kind and described by many as ‘the sweetest lady’. She was the last remaining aunt on the Donlon side of the family and as one friend stated recently, one of the last ‘Belmont moms’. Her funeral service will be held at St. Henry’s on Wednesday December 2nd at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Father Mark Simpson officiating. Face coverings (mask) required.

For safety concerns, there will not be a public visitation.

The family would like to give special thanks to Joyce's caregivers: Annie Green, Celina Arcega, Brenda Steger and Vionne Williams.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favorite charity. Please consider Father Ryan High School, Saint Cecilia Academy, Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, Second Harvest Food Bank, The Compassionate Friends, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Room in the Inn, Book ‘em or other non-profits found at Hands on Nashville, hon.org.

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Ruth Donlon Bowles

December 1, 2020

The family of Joyce Moore Donlon, "Mamaw' would like to give special thanks and appreciation to Joyce's caregivers:
Annie Green, Celina Arcega, Brenda Steger and Vionne Williams.

Nancy and Jim Langdon

November 23, 2020

Jim and I send our love and prayers
We are so thankful to have been a part of the Donlon family’s years at Father Ryan
Mrs Donlon was a special lady and role model for so many

Gloria Campbell

November 18, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Joyce was such an amazing neighbor to our grandchildren. She loved to watch children in the neighborhood playing and knew who was well taken care of. We miss the conversations we had with her when we visited. May she rest in Peace.

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