|Sophia Riley Gunn Moran|
June 8, 1853 -
Oct 7, 1895
This tribute to Sophia Riley Gunn Moran was written by Mary V. Duval a few weeks after the death of Mrs. Moran. Mary Duval was an educator and was working in Clarksville TN at the time she wrote this tribute for her friend Fannie Moran. I believe she may be the same Mary Virginia Duval who wrote several articles and books regarding the south and the state of Mississippi. We have other letters from her and she always signs as "Miss Duval" which leads me to believe that Fannie might have been her student at one time. She is listed in the Nashville City Directory for 1895 as well as the Clarksville Tn Directory. Her occupation is "teacher" at "The Academy".
Dedicated lovingly to her daughters, Fannie and Ida.
"Year after year with glad content
In and out of her house she went.
In and out.
Ever for others the skies were clear
Her dear heart carried such loving cheer
Banishing gloom and doubt."
There are some natures so pure and faultless, some lives so beautifully rounded in their perfect proportions that we thank God that he gave them to the world though all too soon he claimed them again as his own.
Such was the beautiful life of the wife of and mother whom Death has so recently torn away from the home of which she was the pride and joy. In all the sweet and tender relationships of life, wife, mother,, sister, neighbor, friend and counselor, she was the ideal Christian woman, the "perfect woman nobly planned."
"Although oft depressed and lonely,
All our fears are laid aside
If we but remember only
Such as these have lived and died."
Even for his, the greatest of all sorrows, the loss of a mother's love and counsel, there is a recompense. God doth not willingly afflict any of His children, and for every wound they receive there is a balm provided.
Mary V. Duval
Oct 25, 1895