|Birth: ||Aug. 13, 1915|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 2010|
Velma Moran Hall, age 94, of Gulfport, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, in Ocean Springs. Mrs. Hall was an active member of St. John's the Apostle Catholic Church, Gulfport, where she was a member of the Altar Society. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Hall; her parents, Alphonse Moran and Flora Pavolini Moran; her sisters, Viola Hanrahan and Mamie McDonald; and her brothers, Elmer Moran, Hershey Moran, and Floyd Moran. She is survived by her four nieces, Ellen Hanrahan Palmer of Gulfport, Mary Catherine McDonald Hansen of Wellington, FL, Joann Moran Patton of Stone County, MS, and Linda McDonald Stuart of Pensacola, FL; and numerous cousins. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 15, 2010, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Gulfport, at 1:00 PM with visitation from Noon until mass. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Gulfport. An online obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.riemannfamily.com.
Source: Sun Herald
Jan. 16, 2010 -- Gene Autry sang at Velma Moran's 16th birthday party. The "Singing Cowboy" was passing through Gulfport in the early 1930s and had stopped to visit friends.
In those days, the Coast had a roster of musicians and singers worthy of national note, even if they didn't pursue music professionally.
The young Allen Hall was among them, and he happened to be in the group meeting Autry. He also happened to be Velma Moran's boyfriend.
At Hall's suggestion, the musicians went to the Moran house on 30th Avenue to create a birthday party that Sweet 16 Velma would never forget.
She married Allen Hall not too long after that, and for more than half a century, the couple lived a life of music, fishing, good food and good times with family and friends.
Velma Moran Hall died Tuesday at age 94. After her husband, a painter by trade, died she continued to live alone at their Gulfport house, taking care of herself until aging problems sent her to a nursing home.
When there, say the four nieces whom she treated like daughters, she never lost her smile.
"Her whole life, Aunt Velma was as sweet as she could be," said Linda Stuart of Pensacola. "I never saw her angry one time."
The nieces, including Mary Hansen of Wellington, Fla.; Ellen Palmer of Gulfport and Joann Patton of Stone County, say their aunt taught them to always be kind and helpful to others, patient, and, especially, not to squander happiness.
"They had a group of friends that came over all the time with their guitars and fiddles, and they'd party," Stuart said. "It was all about music and food and friendship.
"Uncle Allen played the guitar, and Aunt Velma did all the cooking because she wasn't musical herself."
Her seafood dishes and divinity candy are legendary. In fact, one of the nieces compiled an Aunt Velma cookbook, with copies of recipes in her own handwriting.
Hall's funeral was Friday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, the church connected to the high school from which she graduated and where she was in the Alter Society.
Newstex ID: KRTB-0021-41262214
Alphonse Francis Moran (1871 - 1953)
Flora Alice Pavolini Moran (1879 - 1962)
Allen Hall (1912 - 1983)*
Elmer J. Moran (1901 - 1957)*
Viola Margaret Moran Hanrahan (1904 - 1973)*
Velma Moran Hall (1915 - 2010)
Flora Moran McDonald (1918 - 2004)*
Floyd Anthony Moran (1918 - 1998)*
Created by: geneabunny
Record added: Jan 13, 2010
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