Lorraine Moran of Elkins began the celebrations of her 95th birthday with family and friends on Topsail Island, North Carolina, where sunbathing, walking the beach, gathering shells, looking for shark’s teeth and sea turtles and watching the July 4 fireworks from the Surf City Pier were enjoyed. Mrs. Moran’s 95th birthday dinner was hosted at the Ocean’s Edge Restaurant, The party continued at her oceanfront condo.
Before returning to Elkins, Mrs. Moran extended her stay in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she visited the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, which has more than 80 acres of flowers and fauna, trails and pools of water. She also toured the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, a federal institution with exhibits that focus on the history of the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations units from World War II to the present. During her extended stay in North Carolina, she was able to visit with her newest great-grandchildren, Noah and Lyla, fraternal twins born Aug. 31 to John and Jennifer Hammond.
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 Theatre, earning for his service, among other commendations, the Bronze Star, two battle stars and the Purple Heart. John H. Moran Jr. died in July 1956.
Mrs. Moran is the mother of three daughters, Linda Sharon Collins, Greta Kuhl and Vera Hammond. She also has six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Joining Mrs. Moran in celebrating her 95th birthday in the sun, sand and sea of Topsail Island were Linda Collins of Lakeland, Florida; PJ and Cathi Champino and children, Max and Gabby, of Lakeland, Florida; Jim Collins of Sharon Center, Ohio; Carole Surgent of Neptune, New Jersey; Vera Hammond of Fayetteville, North Carolina; John and Jennifer of Hammond of Winterville, North Carolina, Nancy Gatewood of Woodbridge, Virginia; Rachel Walker of New Salem, Ohio; 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 Church near Sand Run in Upshur County, 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 her family and friends.