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Virginia McCraw Moran

b. February 17, 1932

Charleston, SC

Virginia McCraw Moran

Virginia McCraw Moran, 91, of Charleston, SC, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024. 
 
Born on February 17, 1932, in Bolivar, MO, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Doyle McCraw and the late Nancy Barry McCraw.

A proud alumni of Stephen’s College and the University of Missouri, Virginia wore her Delta Gamma Sorority Association as a badge of honor, embodying its values of friendship, education and social responsibility throughout her life. She began as a teacher in Kansas City, MO. After marriage, she settled in Hanover, MA with her family. She and her husband transformed an 1850’s barn into a tennis club with four indoor tennis courts and four platform tennis courts. Her husband’s tennis court construction business brought them to Charleston, SC.

Virginia immersed herself into the community as a docent with historic preservation, where she shared her extensive knowledge and passion for antiques and preservation with visitors from around the world. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Concord, MA. She was a member of the Charleston Garden Club. Virginia played tennis into her 80’s and was a ballroom dancer until age 87, showcasing her vitality and zest for life. Most importantly, Virginia’s artistic talents were widely recognized, especially her prowess in rug hooking, making over 100 hooked rugs and a thousand more friends. Of those rugs, one was featured on the cover of ATHA magazine, a tribute to her creativity and skill in the craft.

Virginia’s life was a beautiful tapestry of love, service and community. As we remember her, let us celebrate the joy she brought into our lives and the grace in which she lived hers. Her memory will forever be cherished and her spirit will continue to inspire all who knew her.
 
In addition to her parents, Virginia is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, David Moran and her brother, Dr. John Barry McCraw. Virginia is survived by her children: Robert Moran, John Moran (Terri), Susan Chase (Ethan), and Daniel Moran; grandchildren: Roberta Moran, William Moran, Lindsay Moran Odum (Ed), Taylor Moran, Rebecca Chase, Emily Chase, Elizabeth Moran and Joseph Moran; great-grandchild, Timothy Liles; her sister, Marcia McCraw Hartley and her sister-in-law, Cynthia McCraw.
  
A private memorial service will be held to honor Virginia's life and legacy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Hospice, 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. We invite you to add your special moments captured with Virginia and expressions of sympathy to www.mcalister-smith.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414, (843) 722-8371.

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