Loraine Moran of Elkins celebrated the week of he 97th birthday on the shores of Lake Anna with “Survivor”-themed decoration, games and cakes.
Mrs. Moran was born July 10, 1923, 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 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 is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She has one surviving sister, Vera Laskowski and several nieces and nephews.
Recognizing Mrs. Moran’s birthday were Linda Collins; Jimmy and Biba Collins; Carole and Tim Surgent; Karan and Peter Larlee and sons Sam and Jack; Vera and Bob Hammond, John and Jennifer Hammond and twins Noah and Lyla; Greta and Kenna Kuhl; Cindy Kuhl and daughters Tori and Lexi; Kagan Schaffer; Nancy Gatewood; Vera Laskowski, Kathy Jeffers; Susan Hawkins; RoseAnne Burke; Lillian Agnew; Dotti and Bill Jilnek; Bill and Gail Poling, the Nays Chapel congregation and the John Hart Chapter of the DAR.
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 United Methodist Church near Sand Run in Upshur County 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.
At age 97, Mrs. Moran continues to help her grateful family and friends with their many projects and shares with them hew great wealth of information, wisdom and history.