With Spring upon us, the Daffodils, Tulips and Hostas are beginning to bloom. This was Elizabeth “Betty” Moran’s favorite time of year, as she tended her gardens and enjoyed the vibrant colors of nature. Nurturing her family, friends, faith, and gardening was a lifetime passion. Sadly, she passed on April 18, 2022. Betty was 87.
There will be a visitation from 9am-10am on April 26, 2022, at St. Pius Parish in Rock Island followed by a celebration mass of her life, then interment at Rock Island National Cemetery with her husband John.
Betty was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. She went on to become a radiologic technologist before meeting Chicagoan John Moran while he attended Loras College. They were married in May 1960 and moved to Rock Island to start married life.
Through the next several decades Betty raised her four children to have strong core beliefs that through focus, hard work, and good manners, great results will happen. She leaves Michael (Robin) in Dublin, Ohio, Laura in Chicago, Steven (Neans) in Elmhurst, Il, and David in Columbus, Ohio. She also enjoyed her grandchildren, Deneka (Jeff), Caroline, Jacquelyn, Aidan, and Elise, and great-grandchildren, Mason and Avalon.
While her children were still in school, Betty earned a design degree, gained ASID certification, and owned an interior design business for more than 30 years. Many of her projects focused on using outside landscapes as an extension of the room.
Betty was also involved in her community. She taught CCD at St. Pius for 12 years; served as parish council member at St. Anthony’s Parish in Davenport; was a member of and served as president of the VNA and was a board member of the local YMCA. She was a member of the Interior Design advisory board at Scott Community College in Iowa and was a member of the Tri-City Garden club for over 25 years.
Betty and John had many life-long friends in the Quad Cities, whom they traveled with to see the National Parks, North America’s Great Cities, Europe, and an occasional cruise and in addition socialized with their children at Iowa Hawkeyes games.
Betty spent her last seasons at the Overlook Village in Moline; family would like to thank the staff and nurses there for providing Betty with a great opportunity to finish her life with compassionate care and a comfortable environment.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents James and Marie Hynes, her siblings Richard, Mary, Katherine, her younger brother James, and her husband of almost 50 years, John, who died in 2010.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent the Leukemia/Lymphoma society or Quad City Botanical Center.
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