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Helen Moriarty

December 20, 1947 — March 2, 2024

Richards

Helen Smith Moriarty, 76 of Richards passed from this life into the Heavenly realm on Saturday, March 2 at her home after a fierce battle with cancer, never losing faith and hope.  Visitation with family and friends will be held Tuesday, March 5, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM with a rosary service following at 7:00 PM at Nobles Funeral Chapel.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 6, at 2:30 PM at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Adam McClosky as the celebrant.  Rite of committal will follow in the church cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.

 

Born December 20, 1947, Helen was only child of Mike and Agnes Walkoviak Smith of Richards. On November 20, 1965, she married Daniel Murphy Moriarty also of Richards. The young couple welcomed three children – Murphy, Stacie and Jerry.

 

Helen worked alongside Daniel in their cattle operation and raised their children. She handled the demands of the ranch and motherhood with grace and determination. Although she held several jobs elsewhere, home was where her heart was. She was devoted to her husband and children and was a caregiver to her parents. When her grandchildren Zach, Zane, Morgan, Pat and Kate were born she took care of them whenever possible. Her grandmother name was Nanny and she cheered for them at their athletic, rodeo and stock show events. 

 

No one who came to the house ever left hungry. Helen fed many people at her table and was known for her carrot cake and chicken fried steak. Thanksgiving wasn’t complete without her cornbread dressing. Her garden was enormous, and she shared the bounty she raised with others.

 

Helen never met a stranger and would talk with anyone who would strike up a conversation. She genuinely listed to people, looked for the good in everyone and was a friend to all. 

 

A lifelong member of St. Stanislaus, Helen was a member of the Altar Society and enjoyed working with her friends in service to the church.

 

Helen was proceeded in death by her parents, Mike and Agnes Smith, and infant grandson Trent Murphy Moriarty.

 

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Daniel Moriarty; son Murphy Moriarty and his wife, Missy of Richards; daughter Stacie Higgins and her husband, Shawn of Rogers; and son Jerry of Richards. She also is survived by grandchildren Zach Moriarty and his wife Kelsey, Zane Moriarty, Morgan Moriarty, Pat Higgins and Kate Higgins, along with great grandchildren Maylee, Maddix and MylaRae Moriarty.


Serving as pallbearers are Zach Moriarty, Zane Moriarty, Pat Higgins, Ty Moriarty, Josh Moriarty McMurrough, Tim Diehl, Clay Theeck and Jeff Ketkoski.

Many thanks to Cindy Williams and Susan Harris for their excellent care of Helen during these past several weeks. Special thanks to Larra Ketkoski and Dr. Grace Akinyi Joseph for their compassion during Helen’s treatments and last days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Stanislaus Altar Society.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Prayer Service

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Mass

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

2:30 - 3:45 pm (Central time)

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church

1511 Texas 90, Anderson, TX 77830

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Interment

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

3:45 - 4:45 pm (Central time)

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church Cemetery

1511 Texas 90, Anderson, TX 77830

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