|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1907|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 2001, USA|
Catherine Graham (Stafford) Moriarty, lovingly known as "Miss Kitty" by three generations of Alexandrians, was a daughter of Dr. George Mason Graham Stafford and Virginia Curtis Cullen. She was born in Alexandria on 5 June 1907, attended Bolton High School, graduating in 1925, and was a graduate of the Columbia Kindergarten Training School in Washington, D. C.
During the period 1927-28, and again in 1930-32, she operated a private kindergarten locally. From 1928 until 1930, she was Principal of the State Colony and Training School in Pineville. In 1946 and 1947, she was director of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana's Girl's Camp, then known as "Camp Jackson", until 1946 held at All Saints' College in Vicksburg and, in 1947, for the first time at the new conference center of the diocese at Camp Hardtner.
In 1952, she founded the St. James' Day School in Alexandria, operating that institution for a period of two years. She was for many years an active member of St. James' Episcopal Church and, on 16 January 1989, was presented the Distinguished Service Award of St. James. The citation which accompanied that award summarized her more than 50 years service to the parish church and to the Diocese of Louisiana.
During World War II, she was a founder of the Grey Ladies association of the Alexandria Chapter of the American Red Cross. She was a 50-year member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, and published the 75th anniversary history of the Alexandria Committee of that organization.
She was married in St. James' Church in 1933 to Donald Peter Moriarty, who would later become the founder of the City of Alexandria Civil Service System. Mr. Moriarty died 7 February 1993; Mrs. Moriarty died 4 December 2001.
In April, 2002, the Vestry of St. James' Episcopal Church, Alexandria, approved naming the parish Youth Building in memory of Catherine Stafford Moriarty. In its action, the Vestry took note of the fact that 2002 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Day School, and that more than 4,000 children from the Alexandria area have received a good Christian preschool experience in this education program.
George Mason Graham Stafford (1876 - 1958)
Virginia Curtis Cullen Stafford (1878 - 1930)
Donald Peter Moriarty (1902 - 1993)
Amy Stafford Robinson (1902 - 1982)*
Annie Jeannette Stafford Bomar (1904 - 1972)*
Catherine Graham Stafford Moriarty (1907 - 2001)
Virginia Stafford Kramer (1910 - 2007)*
Ann Stirling Stafford Robinson (1914 - ____)*
Greenwood Memorial Park
Created by: Donald Peter Moriarty
Record added: Feb 20, 2008
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