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Iris Moran

Iris Moran

Iris Moran, Mountain View, Calif., formerly of New Salem, died June 14, 2016, as a result of a fall at the visitors' center while touring Hoover Dam in Nevada.

Iris Karen Abraham Moran was born Aug. 10, 1939, in Dickinson, to Stanley and Ruth (Malone) Abraham. She spent her early childhood on a ranch in the Badlands near Medora and in other western North Dakota towns. Her family settled in New Salem where she attended public schools, graduating from high school in 1957.

Iris attended Lakeland College near Sheboygan, Wis., and graduated in 1961 with a degree in medical technology. She began her career as a medical technologist in Milwaukee, and later worked at the U. of Colorado Medical School in Denver, Colo., where she met her future husband, Tom Moran. They married in Denver on Aug. 25, 1967. After several moves across the country, they moved to Mountain View in 1974.

A passionate community volunteer, Iris served as board member and docent for Music for Minors, board member and major fundraiser for Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), active member of Foothills Congregational UCC Church in Los Altos, and Springer School Site Council chair. Iris grew up in a very musical family and loved music. She played clarinet in high school and sang in her high school and college choirs, Foothills Church choir, the Stanford Symphonic Chorus, and the Berkshire Music Festival in Massachusetts. A breast cancer survivor, she served on her church's Relay for Life committee (American Cancer Society) and was a contributor to numerous cancer support groups, the El Camino YMCA and other local and national groups. Iris's other interests included gourmet vegetarian cooking, quilting, biking, exercising at the Mountain View YMCA, camping, traveling, and appreciation of the fine arts, particularly the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, and De Young Museum.

Iris lived life to the fullest. Her energy was legendary, her love was expansive, and her ebullience infectious. She gave selflessly to her family, friends, church and other organizations. No task was too great if it benefited her family and others.

Grieving her loss are her husband, Tom, Mountain View; their children, Jill Moran (Dennis Mullane) and grandson, Stanley Moran-Mullane, Oakland, Calif., and Andrew Moran (Lisa) and their children, Madeleine, Miles and Lorraine Ruth, Salt Lake City; her siblings, Henrietta Foreman, Bismarck, Daniel (Diane) Abraham, Centennial, Colo., and Jordis (Marc) Conrad, Bismarck; her brother-in-law, Pat (Judy) Moran, Wisconsin; her sister-in-law, Mickey (Ernie) Hopp, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband's parents, Horace and Gladys Moran; a brother-in-law, Howard Foreman; and a grandnephew, Johnathan Nyberg.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 20 at Foothills Congregational UCC Church, Los Altos, Calif. Memorial gifts may be made to Lakeland College for the Professor Ellerbusch Music Scholarship fund, Lakeland College, P.O. Box 359, Sheboygan, Wis., 53082, or to Foothills Congregational UCC Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos, Calif., 94022.

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