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Joan Tierney Bulger
Viewing: June 24, 2019 (Monday) from 10 to 11 am at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, MD 20854
Service: June 24, 2019 (Monday) at 11 am
Location: Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, MD 20854

Joan Tierney Bulger “Jay” (Age 86)

“…Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, 'till you find your dream, A dream that will need, all the love you can give, every day of your life, for as long as you live.”

Surrounded by her devoted family, Joan Tierney Bulger, of Rockville, MD, died on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Sibley Memorial Hospital.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years James Carroll Bulger M.D.; and was the loving mother of Elizabeth (Doug) Ross of Vienna, VA, Kathleen (Russell) Ragland of Vienna, VA, Michele Bulger of Rockville, MD, James (Rachel, deceased) Bulger of Mamaroneck, NY, and Michael (Kathleen) Bulger of Atlanta, GA; and the cherished “Mere” of Doug, Michael, Tierney, Anna, Kelsey, Joe, Jack and Kate. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and caring friends.

Joan “Jay” was born at home on July 26, 1932, in Baltimore, MD, the fourth child (Rosemary, Betty and Jack) of John and Elizabeth Tierney. She attended Notre Dame of Maryland and later graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1980.  She loved her work as a bacteriologist at Baltimore City Hospital where she later met and married (1956) Jim Bulger, a dentist then OBGYN. They were stationed for two years at Mitchel Air Force Base, Long Island, NY where Jim was a Captain in the Dental Corps and returned to Baltimore, then Bethesda, MD, finally making their home of 53 years in Rockville, Maryland. After enthusiastically raising five children, they loved spending time with children and grandchildren, and traveling. Just as she had in his early years in dentistry, Jay continued to work with Jim in later years in his medical practice. Their home was filled with faith, fun times, humor, music and family traditions. Jay cherished her Irish and family heritage and was a voracious reader. She had an insatiable curiosity about life and people and was impossible to annoy. Her gift was being comfortable in her own skin and making others comfortable in theirs. 

Mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, MD 20854 at 11:00 am on Monday, June 24, 2019. Friends may also visit in the Chapel at 10:00 am. In the spirit of our Mom’s joyful approach to life, please feel welcome to dress in bright, happy colors. 

There will be a private family interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, St Martin’s Home, of Baltimore.

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