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Obituary for Quinn Tierney Moffett (Moffett)

Quinn Tierney Moffett, the adored daughter of Mary and Chrisdon Moffett, and youngest sister to Kelly and Claire Moffett, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021.

With her passing, a beautiful light was extinguished. She enjoyed the kind of unmistakable presence that one could not help but notice. Her smile and personality lit up the room.

Quinn was an agile and able athlete, beginning her pursuits at the ripe age of 3 at Sylvia’s Dance Studio, when she absorbed ballet routines from watching her sisters’ lessons. She immediately went from spectator to participant. A quick study, Quinn excelled at many sports--synchronized swimming, soccer, basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse but perhaps her most defining passion was dance. Many of her coaches commented on how Quinn could perform dance moves during soccer or lacrosse and field hockey team drills, never losing her momentum. “Quinn doesn’t walk, she dances,“ said the mother of one of her friends.

She may have glided across the field, but her grace belied her fierceness as a competitor. At Pioneer High School, where she graduated from in 2017, Quinn played for four years on both the field hockey and lacrosse teams, earning two state championships during that tenure. She was always #14. She also played for several lacrosse club teams, including Ann Arbor Alchemy and the Brighton Cyclones.

Quinn also had a gift for true friendship. Her many friends described her as “a rock,” “thoughtful and loving,” “powerful”, “the brightest light life had to offer,” “a force of nature with the biggest heart”, “truly one of a kind and such a great friend”. But Quinn did not limit her circle to people just like herself. She sought out the transfer student, the outsider, the kid going through a rough patch. She cared for people, giving of herself and so inspiring others to do the same. And she was unafraid to speak out when she felt someone was being mistreated.

While Quinn was serious about her passions, she was also a whole lot of fun, and was known for breaking out in laughter at the most unexpected moments.

Quinn’s tenderness and protective nature extended to all living creatures, from an ailing bird she fed at her family’s birdbath, to the mouse in the garage that needed to be extracted, but not harmed. She had a particular love for penguins, which her beloved godmother indulged, even arranging a day spent with the penguins at the Newport Aquarium.

Tender and fierce, sassy and sweet, a bright light and a sturdy rock, Quinn will be missed by all those who were lucky enough to be in her orbit, but most especially her parents and sisters, her maternal grandparents John and Jean Tierney (Elyria, OH), 15 aunts and uncles, 27 cousins, and 20 second cousins, and her many close friends from Ann Arbor and from the University of Dayton. Quinn, a Health Sciences major, was a senior at Dayton at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Donald and Crystal Moffett, her aunt and godmother Rebecca DeVelbiss, her aunt and uncle Michelle and Jack Lesh, and her great-aunt Helen Von Almen.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Quinn’s name, to the Neutral Zone Teen Center, in Ann Arbor, where Quinn spent many hours both as a young girl in the company of her mother who worked at the Neutral Zone, and as a teen herself, where she participated in the art and music programs.

A public gathering will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 for family and friends to rotate through from 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. with a private Vigil Service at 6:45 p.m., however the vigil service will be available for viewing online. Find the link here under webcasting under the Photos & Video Tab, or visit The Nie Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services Facebook page to watch the live stream.

A Memorial Mass will take place virtually on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Please visit to view the live stream.