Maureen Joyce Noel


Maureen Joyce Noel, 74, passed away at her home on April 9, 2019, with her faithful and beloved canine companion, Chloe, by her side.
She was a native of South Lyon, MI, but had lived in the Upper Cumberland area for about 50 years. Maureen was a retired registered nurse and worked various jobs in health care, including as a cardiac critical care nurse at Cumberland Medical Center. She had the respect of all who worked with her.
"Mo," as she was affectionately known by many who loved her, had a genuine concern for the culture of animal welfare in Cumberland County and was passionate about educating our youth to be responsible pet owners. She was a founding member of Focus on Cumberland County Animal Shelter and as the first director of education and developed an age-appropriate program for each grade level. She resigned her position when her health declined but continued to be a supportive member.
Maureen was preceded in death by her parents, John E. Noel of West Virginia and Mary L. Dale Noel of Michigan and her daughter, Kelly McIlroy Reigktler. She is survived by one brother, John E. Noel of South Lyon, MI; and one sister, Jane A. Noel of Howell, MI; two nieces and a nephew; and several great-nieces and -nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in the chapel of Bilbrey Funeral Home on Friday, April 26, at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2-3 p.m.
A request is made that donations to FOCCAS be made in lieu of flowers, PO box 3245, Crossville, TN 38557.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. ( was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on April 12, 2019
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4 posts

Tom Clayton
Apr 18, 2019
She was the Best!
Apr 17, 2019
I was saddened to learn that Maureen has left us. She was a good woman.
Teresa Payne
Apr 17, 2019
She was a champion for the animals. I didn't know her personally but knew of her work and devotion to the abused and neglected animals in Cumberland County. We all lost an angel. Rest in peace knowing what a difference you made in the world, Maureen. God bless you
Jacquelyn Hoffman
Apr 13, 2019
Mo was a rare person. She spoke her mind and stood up for what she believed in. Her love and devotion for her friends and animals was paramount. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rest in peace dear lady.