Joella Raphael (Smith) Malloy
85, of Mount Savage, passed away at her son’s home in Ellerslie, Maryland on March 4, 2015 surrounded by family.
Born August 17, 1929, in Mount Savage, she was the daughter of late John C. Smith and Matilda D. (Bishields, Smith) Norris. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Leo Francis Malloy and one infant son, Jeffrey Francis Malloy.
Joella graduated from Beall High School in 1947. She worked as a telephone operator for the C&P Telephone Company until 1956 when she left to care for her family full-time. Together Joella and Leo raised 3 children of whom they were very proud. After Leo’s retirement they spent many happy years babysitting their two grandchildren. Her grandchildren have countless afterschool memories with their grandparents they will hold dear forever. Joella was an incredibly tidy person, who loved to clean, work in her yard, and prepare amazing meals for her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Rae Ann Pfaff and husband Pete, Frostburg; two sons Patrick L. Malloy, New York, NY; Brian G. Malloy and wife Susie, Ellerslie; two granddaughters, Breana Malloy and fiancé Brett, Washington, D.C. and Evin Pfaff, Frostburg; one brother, Michael Norris and wife Mary Sue, Mount Savage; special childhood friend and cousin Marianna Keene, Frostburg; special nephew George Koontz, Mount Savage; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to thank Doctors Amir, Dalal, and Naeem; the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center Hospitalists; the nurses and aides of 7 South; and the nurses and aides of Western Maryland Health System Hospice Services for their kind and compassionate care for Joella over the last few weeks. The family would also like to thank the staff of the Goodwill Retirement Community’s Alzheimer’s Care Unit, and Rosie Currence for the excellent care Joella received over the last several years.
Pallbearers will be Michael Norris, George Koontz, Denny Malloy, Pete Pfaff, Michael Weddle, and Brett Seifarth.
Joella lived with Alzheimer’s Disease for more than 11 years, and despite the challenges associated with the illness, her sweet spirit remained intact until her death.