Joanna Mooney

Joanna Mooney of Liberty, Mo., passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at the NorthCare Hospice House in Kansas City from her battle with cancer.

Joanna was born in Nashville, Tenn., and moved with her parents Dr. Earl and Joyce Whaley, and her sister, Jennifer, as Earl began his career at William Jewell College.

As her passions grew in music and her affinity to percussions she was able to play by ear no matter the instrument. That skill and dedication was seen first-hand as the organist for both St. James and at Nebo Hills Baptist Church. She shared her love of God by teaching religious education and helped establish St. James religious ed.

Her professional career was one of inspiration and love for community. Her time spent as a Nursing Home Administrator touched the lives of countless families over 30 years. Joanna was always known to think of others first and always accepted the challenge to better the lives of the ones she was around. Her love for family and travel and was one that started with the beach and spanned around the globe. She also loved socializing over meals and sharing new experiences with friends.

She will be loved and missed by her husband, James, of 46 years; sister, Jennifer and husband Gary; three children, Julia and husband Randy, Paul, and Michael and wife Danica; grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of life will be held in lieu of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. James building fund or Catholic Relief Services.

Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney.

Our Sincere Condolences

Jim and family,
We are saddened to hear of Joanna’s passing. We remember so well our time together on the Rhine Cruise and all the time we spent sharing that adventure with new friends and old. Our time at the Red Robin eating lunch was a special memory that we will never forget.  May the comfort of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ surround you with lifelong memories.
Noel and Peggy Chase

Love u very much and have never forgotten what u and your family brought into my life —- acceptance – we were good buddies!
Carolyn Colt

I’m devastated at the loss of this beautiful soul. We had so many great memories from school. She will surely be missed.
Patty Boos Willard