Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In Memory of Maria Fuhrmann Moran

1926 - 2013
Ria Fuhrmann Moran
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maria "Ria" Fuhrmann Moran.  She was born in Teplitz-Schonau, Czechoslovakia on January 23, 1926.   She was orphaned at a young age and was raised by Oswald and Anna Fuhrman, her aunt and uncle, as one of their own children.

Ria always enjoyed being outdoors.  In her youth she participated in  many outdoor activities with her family and friends including skiing and hiking.  She was a member of the girl guides.  In the 1950's she was the secretary at the motorpool for the 6033rd of the AC&W in Wurtzburg, Germany.  That's where she met her future husband.

She married 1st Lieutenant Nathan Harrell Moran October 1, 1954 in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Although she was Roman Catholic she converted to the church of her husband and attended the First United Methodist Church of Dresden Tennessee.  They have two sons, Scott and Kent Moran.

When Nathan, Ria and their two sons returned to the states they were living in Kansas City.  They returned to Dresden to take up residence at Moran Place after the death of James Moran III and his wife, Virginia Shumate Moran.  Although Ria was not happy about moving to Tennessee she came to love and cherish the Moran home, the history it contained and the friends she made.

Left to Right
Nathan, Scott and Ria
Kent is on the tricycle
August 1961
Always a very private person, she became more so after the death of her husband in 1982.  During that time she enjoyed her work at the dental office and spending time with her sons.  She was a news junkie and enjoyed watching CNN.  Ria loved talking politics, art and reading Time, Newsweek and National Geographic.  Classical music was her favorite musical genre and her favorite piece was the Blue Danube.  She was hooked on basketball and adored the University of Kentucky team coached by Rick Pitino.  And, like any good German she loved beer and good conversation.  Although she had lived in the states since the early 1960's she never lost her lovely German accent and she never quite understood the need for more than one political party. :)

Ria in her Girl guide uniform
Ria was elegant, cultured and always aware of doing things the "right" way.  She lived an old world life in a society that doesn't always appreciate old world ways.  She was a lovely woman, loving wife, mother and grandmother.  We will miss her very much.












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