Obituary: Philomena Squier


Philomena (Tubridy) Squier, 82, of Carmel died Aug. 30 surrounded by her children. Ever conscious of the current weather conditions and their effect on her family’s travel plans, she would have been happy to know that the skies and roads were clear that day and everyone made it home safely.

Phil was born in 1933 on the west coast of Ireland and moved to the U.S. in 1956. Her diversity of roles included highly successful model, governess, flight attendant, journalist, painter, real estate agent, published author, community activist and adored mother and grandmother. She made a mean brownie, never met a Jane Austen film she didn’t love, was a stickler for thank you notes, and was seldom found without a large mug of strong, Irish tea nearby.

Phil is survived by her sister, Niamh Noonan, her three children, Moira Squier, Robert Squier, Jr., and Sean Squier, and her four granddaughters, Rachael Squier, Rebecca Squier, Colleen Squier and Fianna Roberts-Squier. A celebration of her life was held at her son’s house in Zionsville. Cut flowers always depressed Phil because they are gone too soon. So, please – in lieu of flowers – plant something permanent or make a donation to St. Jude’s Hospital, one of her favorite charities.