Mildred N. Moran, a longtime resident of Falmouth, died May 27 at the age of 96.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of George and Josephine Valois.
She was the wife of James F. Moran. Her husband died in 2005.
Before coming to Falmouth in 1947 from Providence and meeting Jim Moran here, she had entered the 1946 Miss Rhode Island Beauty Pageant. She competed in the gown, bathing suit and talent competitions, and was chosen as second runner-up.
Ms. Moran was a waitress in the mid-1950s and 1960s in Falmouth, working at restaurants and soda fountains including the former Chamberlain and Fenstermaker Drug store, Smith’s Surrey Room, the Town House and the Hurricane Deck, as well as The Flying Bridge, which remains in business today. She later worked at Dornleigh Gifts and Cape Cod Candle Shop, and then was at Buttner’s, a women’s clothing store on Main Street, for many years.
During the 1970s, Ms. Moran participated actively in social and political causes and could sometimes be seen in front of the Main Street post office or at the Village Green, holding a picket sign alongside other concerned residents—many of whom were much younger; she continued with her activism until her early 80s.
Ms. Moran had a love of gardening and spent many hours in her yard tending her roses, window boxes, and flowering shrubs. One year she received an honorable mention by the Falmouth Garden Club for her efforts. She also grew vegetables.
She also learned how to make wool braided rugs and became accomplished at the craft: she created an oval and round, a runner and also a 9x12-foot rug that took nine months to complete.
She leaves five children, James M. Moran of Grover Beach, California, Marilyn Radford of Carver, Richard S. Moran of Falmouth, Kathleen P. Moran of North Easton, and Charles E. Moran of Plymouth; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and other family.
Visitation was set for today from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
Following the visiting hour, a funeral Mass will be said at 10 o’clock at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth.
Burial will be Monday at 1:15 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.