Elinor D. Tierney passed peacefully away surrounded by loved ones on December 15, 2021. Born Elinor Mary Donoghue on May 22, 1927, to James A and Margaret Mulranan in Cambridge, MA, she was one of seven children. She was predeceased by her husband Richard of 59 years, 3 brothers and a sister. After marrying Richard in 1951, they moved to Maine, followed by Massachusetts before settling in Manchester.
Elinor (Ellie) raised five children whom she was very proud of: Nancy Durig (Robert) of Overland Park, KS, Mary Tierney (Dennis Jenkins) of Coventry, Christine Tierney (John Igneri) of Rowayton, Richard of Oban, Scotland and Megan Tierney of South Windsor. Elinor was the devoted grandmother of 10: Daniel (Catherine), Kerry (Ian), Shannon (Mike), Michael (Emily), Donald (Rachel), Anna (Jen), Caitlin (James), Ben (Sydney), Caleigh (Abner), and Brigid (Jason) and greatgrandmother of 8 as well numerous nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
Elinor’s first love was her family to whom she was very devoted. She was game to try anything that her family was doing and stayed current with technology to be able to communicate, learning how to Zoom during the pandemic so she could participate in lively weekly meetings with her children and how to text and use Instagram to stay in touch with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
As the matriarch for the entire family, she was the favorite aunt and great aunt. She made everyone feel special, remembering details about their lives. She and Richard were great entertainers: there was bound to be a lot of fun when people came to the Tierney’s. Elinor was a highly skilled and competitive game player. An avid reader, she was also passionate about movies. Being a huge UConn Women's Basketball fan, she had a dream come true attending the Final Four in Atlanta.
Elinor traveled extensively and always had a bucket list of places she still wanted to see. Ellie had a large circle of friends to whom she was very devoted and was well known for her great sense of humor, her ability to tell a great story and her generosity. She worked at the Institute of Living for many years taking new doctors under her wing to make them feel welcome. Elinor was a person of deep faith continuing to practice and explore it her entire life.
Elinor will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives she touched.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 16th, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Assumption, 27 Adams St. S., Manchester followed by burial at East Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either MACC Charites at macc-ct.org or St. Judes Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org or Mary's Meals at www.marysmeals.org. For online condolences and service updates, please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com.
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