In memory of
Joan Halloran Ensley
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In memory of
Joan Halloran Ensley
Ensley, Joan Halloran Age 83 Joan Halloran Ensley, 83, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend was called home to the Lord on January 14, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Joan was a proud Catholic reflecting that love to her family, friends, and those around her. Joan Halloran was born on October 27, 1934, at the US Marine base in Quantico, VA, the daughter of Lieutenant Commander Paul J. Halloran, a civil engineer in the US Navy, and Catherine Lenihan Halloran. She grew up at naval bases in American Samoa, Portsmouth VA, Newport RI, and Norfolk VA. After her father retired from the Navy, she lived in Yorktown Heights, NY, earned an associate degree from Briarcliff College in 1954, and worked as a technical drawing associate and cartographer for General Precision Laboratories of Pleasantville NY and Charles R. Sells, Inc, of Mount Kisco NY respectively. Joan married Sheridan Bruce Ensley, a Navy lieutenant and later a civilian official with the Navy Department in Washington, on June 27, 1959. They had six children and twelve grandchildren. Joan is survived by her husband, four sons, and her son-in-law: Timothy, of Tuscon AZ, Patrick (Anna), of Virginia Beach VA, Bruce (Louise), of Richmond VA, Daniel (Dana), of Lexington KY, and Greg Hills (Heather). She is also survived by two brothers, Richard Halloran, of Honolulu HI, and David Halloran, of Orlando FL. She was preceded in death by her firstborn son, Shaun Eliot Ensley, her only daughter, Gretchen Deidre Ensley Hills, and her daughter-in-law, Patti Brooks Ensley. Joan was an interior decorator, art enthusiast, diocesan secretary, avid tennis player, and an original soccer mom. She enjoyed art especially creating water color paintings as she underwent hospice care. Sharing her love of visual arts with friends and grandchildren brought her tremendous joy. Joan remained active with the family parishes throughout her life even attending Trinity College to assist the diocese with bringing more women into the Church. She served in the 1990s as an administrative assistant in the Office of Vocations of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, the office that recruits and prepares young men for the seminary. Closest to her heart Joan was advocacy for the unborn. She began with the first march in 1974 and marched every year after that until early in the 2000's when she left to care of her daughter. To her, family always came first. She always shared her faith, kept her sense of humor, and expressed her deepest concern for the unborn. Joan requested that family and friends pray for her and make donations in lieu of flowers to Divine Mercy Care 11096-A Lee Highway Suite 101 Fairfax, VA 22030-5039. The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to her care providers at INOVA's Infusion Center, Dr. Ruchi Garg, and the VITAS hospice team during our mother's final journey home. The family has scheduled visitations at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, January 26, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. The funeral home is located at 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. A funeral Mass has been planned for Saturday, January 27, at noon, in the family's parish, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, at 5121 Woodland Way, Annandale, VA 22003. Following Mass, burial is planned for the Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 where Joan will be laid to rest next to her son Shaun. Please sign the Guestbook at
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