Thursday, July 26, 2012

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".

A Tribute to the Studying Memory of Mrs. J.W. Moran, who died October 7, 1895.
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."

Beautiful in person and character, loving and tender in disposition, how is it possible to paint her life as it really was?  And yet it is engraved in letters of living light, not only on the hearts of those who knew and loved her here, but in the Lamb's Book of Life above.  Can there be any consolation left ofr those who, having had the light of her presence here so long, must now grope in darkness without it.  Yes'

"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.

The light of this beautiful life is not quenched, though it seems to have gone down in its noonday splendor.  It will shine on through all the years to come, a beacon-light to guide her loved ones home.  Earth, had she been shpared to them, might have been more attractive than Heaven, but Heaven now with Mother and the Saviour beckoning on will prove the happy meeting-place of a re-united family.

Mary V. Duval
Clarksville Tenn
Oct 25, 1895

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