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.
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.