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Obituary: Margaret Moran Green

Margaret Moran Green

Margaret Moran Green

Margaret Moran Green passed away on July 10, 2010, in her home at Las Fuentes Resort Village in Prescott, Ariz. She was 93 years old. She was born on Sept. 18, 1916, in Omaha, Neb., the second of two children of Hattie Simonson and James Arthur Moran.

Margaret's father, a printer, was born in England of Irish parents, and though he received little formal education, he had a large library. One of her earliest memories was sitting on his lap and sobbing her heart out as he read Cyrano de Bergerac to her. He also had a remarkable collection of classical music recordings, and he fostered her lifelong love of music. Her mother's family had come from Sweden. After she graduated from the University of Nebraska (where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority), she came back home, but she longed to get away and live her own life.

Just before Pearl Harbor, Margaret moved with some sorority sisters to Los Angeles, and she was soon working for the Air Force as a secretary. In 1943, she went on a blind date with Nathaniel Green, an engineer who worked for North American Aviation. It was a wartime romance. They couldn't get enough gas coupons to see each other more than once a week, and so when they decided to get married, they had only seen each other in daylight once, on the Santa Monica Pier. They married in 1944, and their two boys, Larry and Jim, came in quick succession. Nat stayed with North American after the war, and when they opened a new plant during the Korean War in Columbus, Ohio, he went there as the head of the research and development laboratory. Nat took early retirement, and in 1974, he and Margaret moved to Prescott.

Margaret lived longer in Prescott than in either Omaha or Columbus, and she came to feel that it was her real home. She was active in many organizations, each of which brought her many close friends. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. She served as secretary of the Yavapai Symphony Association and on the Arizona state board of the American Cancer Society. She was a volunteer at Yavapai Community Hospital for over 20 years and past president of the hospital auxiliary. She was also an avid member of several long-lived bridge groups.

Margaret and Nat lived first in Antelope Hills before building a house in Haisley Homestead. They moved to Las Fuentes in 1997. After Nat's death in 2000, Margaret came to rely more than ever on the support of her friends, leading an active life until less than a year before her death.

She is survived by Larry and his wife Helen of Wayland, Mass., and their children, Margaret (Meg, recently married to Robert DeLanders) and Geoffrey; and by Jim and his wife Rosalind of Glenside, Pa.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the caregivers of Tender Hearts and Granite Mountain Home Care, who filled her last days with peace and loving care.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., Prescott.

In lieu of flowers, friends are requested to send donations to the Arizona branch of the American Cancer Society, 4550 East Bell Road, Suite 126, Phoenix, AZ 85032, or call 800-227-2345.

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