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Shirley I. Moran

Nov 26, 2019

GRAETTINGER — A Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley Moran was held Monday, Nov. 18, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. Celebrant was the Rev. Bill Schreiber.

Interment was in St. Jacob’s Catholic Church, Graettinger. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg as in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Irene Sipes was born April 11, 1927, in rural Graettinger to Forrest and Edwardine Sipes.

She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger and country schools in the Graettinger area until graduating from Graettinger High School in 1944. After high school, Shirley worked for a brief time in Chicago processing War Bonds.

On Feb. 7, 1948, she married Donald Moran at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger.

The couple farmed for several years before moving into the town of Graettinger.

Shirley had four sons and two daughters, all of whom grew up in Graettinger. Shirley drove a school bus and she and Don were heavily involved in many school, church and community events.

Shirley and Don were active supporters in their children’s activities and attended their many events and countless ball games.

Most of all, Shirley was a faithful servant to Christ, a loving wife, a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, Shirley Irene Moran died at St Francis Manor in Grinnell, at the age of 92.

She is survived by her children, Chuck Moran of Marshalltown, Ron Moran of Houston, TX, Tom Moran and wife Paula of Cedar Rapids, Steve Moran and wife Jane of Houston, TX, Marcia Hoffmann and husband Brian of Grinnell, and Debra Shore of Austin, TX; ten grandchildren, Karen (Charles) Moore, Steven Moran, Rob (Jennifer) Moran, Kelli (Will) Sharpe, Michael (Megan) Moran, Gregory (Jenifer) Moran, Rachel James, Sara Moran, Jordan Thompson, Matthew Thompson; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Edwardine Sipes; husband, Donald; one sister, Dorothy; one brother, Joseph; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Moran.

Since Shirley Moran was an avid reader and writer, any memorial gifts will be sent to the Graettinger Public Library.

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