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Moyra Casey

Moyra Casey died peacefully on 14 May 2014, three days after her 93rd birthday.  Her cremains are interred in Deerfield’s Memorial Garden, Asheville, NC.

Moyra Casey grew up in Carrowcrin, Co. Roscommon where she attended the local National School which closed many years ago. Her mother, Agnes Geraghty, was the school’s principal at the time and her father, Arthur Devine MRCVS, had practiced veterinary medicine. Her grandfather, Patrick Devine, had been the previous principal of the school and his assistant teacher was his wife, Bridget Kearns.

Like other members of her family, Moyra attended University College, Dublin. After earning her degree, she spent some time in England working as a temporary teacher. In 1948 she emigrated to New York City to teach at Marymount College. She later earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and then taught in the public schools of Scarsdale, New York.

When she retired in 1979, she and her husband John retired to Spain which enabled them to visit Ireland frequently. The couple moved to Asheville, North Carolina in 1991. Several years after her husband died in 1991, Moyra moved to the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, North Carolina.

Moyra enjoyed her volunteer work as a proof reader for www.lalley.com because of her ties to Ireland. She stated at the time: "I am impressed by the long, painstaking hours all the other volunteers put into this fine web site."

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