Lorraine Moran of Elkins began celebrating her 96th birthday in Winterville, North Carolina, by getting re-acquainted with great-grandchildren, twins Noah and Lyla Hammond. A week was then spent in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Before traveling to Dugspur, Virginia, Moran was honored with a birthday luncheon hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hammond and Nancy Gatewood at the Members Only Club, Pinehurst Golf Club, Pinehurst, North Carolina.
On July 10, in the mountains near Dugspur, Virginia, Moran was celebrated by family with an “Everything 96 Birthday Party.” Her birthday dinner was hosted by Mabry Mill Restaurant, The Meadows of Dan, Virginia.
During the family reunion in Dugspur, a surprise party was also held in honor of great-granddaughter Lexi’s recent high school graduation.
Before returning to Elkins, Moran traveled to Ohio, where she visited 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 Theatre, earning for his service, among other commendation, the Bronze Star, two Battle Stars and the Purple Heart. John H. Moran Jr. died in July 1956.
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.
Celebrating her 96th birthday during her travels were John and Jennifer Hammond and twins Noah and Lyla of Winterville, North Carolina; Charles and Kathleen Hammond of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Nancy Gatewood of Woodbridge, Virginia; Bob and Vera Hammond of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Tim and Carole Surgent of Neptune, New Jersey; Linda Collins of Elkins; Vera Laskowski of Elyria, Ohio; Cindy Kuhl and Lexi of New Pittsburg, Ohio; and Kenna and Greta Kuhl of Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Mrs. Moran is a former Randolph County Belle and is currently a member of the John Heart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of Nays Chapel United Methodist 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 has always enjoyed playing bingo, reading, sewing, crocheting, weaving baskets and chair bottoms, gardening, doing word search puzzles, walking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.