Lorraine Moran of Elkins began the celebration of her 94th birthday with family and friends in the Massanutten Resort, Massanutten, Virginia, where activities offered at the resort were enjoyed.
During the family reunion, a surprise, belated birthday party for Linda Collins also was held.
Outside the resort, a birthday luncheon for Moran was hosted at Clementine’s; and visiting the Quilt and Civil War museums, the White Oak Lavender Farm and following Shenandoah Civil War Trails were enjoyed. In Staunton, Virginia, she toured Woodrow Wilson’s Birthplace and Presidential Museum. In West Virginia, she joined an informative tour of the Green Bank Observatory. And, in Ohio, she explored the Beech Creek Botanical Gardens in Alliance and visited with family in Elyria and Canal Fulton.
Mrs. Moran was born July 10, 1923, in Upshur County, to William and Lavinia Poling.
On June 13, 1943, in Rockville, Illinois, she married John H. Moran Jr., a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps and later of the U.S. Army 8th Division, 121st Infantry. During World War II. He served in the European Theater, earning for his service, among other commendations, the Bronze Star, two battle stars and the Purple Heart. John H. Moran Jr. died in July of 1956.
Mrs. Moran is the mother of three daughters, Linda Sharon Collins, Greta Kuhl and Vera Hammond. She also has six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Joining in celebrating the birthday were Linda Collins of Lakeland, Florida; Tim and Carole Surgent of Neptune, New Jersey; Vera Hammond of Fayetteville, North Carolina; John and Jennifer Hammond of Winterville, North Carolina; Nancy Gatewood of Woodbridge, Virginia; Jim Collins of Sharon Center, Ohio; Delaney Collins of Arizona State University; Karan Larlee of Falmouth, Maine; Cindy Kuhl and daughters, Tori and Lexi, of New Pittsburg, Ohio; and Greta and Kenna Kuhl of Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Mrs. Moran is a former Randolph County Belle and is currently a member of the John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of Nays Chapel near Sand Run, the Weavers Guild, Rebekah Lodge 98 and a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 3647. She enjoys playing bingo, sewing, crocheting, weaving baskets and chair bottoms, gardening, doing word search puzzles, reading, walking, traveling and spending time with hew family and friends.