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4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA


Mary Ann MORAN

December 30, 1947July 16, 2020

Mary Ann Moran, a woman of kindness and generosity who dedicated her life to the service of others, passed away on July 16, 2020, at the age of 72 after a long battle with heart and lung conditions.

Born Mary Ann Donovan in Newton, MA, on December 30th 1947, she grew up as one of twelve children in a house full of happiness and unending activity. After graduating from high school, Mary Ann attended Trinity University in Washington, DC. There, she met her husband, Robert (Bob), and they were married in December of 1969. After Bob’s service in Vietnam, they moved to Maryland and New Jersey, before settling in Arlington, VA, where they have lived for the past 43 years. Mary Ann and Bob lovingly raised four children and their door was always open to friends and neighbors. She volunteered tirelessly with Arlington Public Schools and held many different PTA board positions over the years.

As she raised her children, Mary Ann began her journey as a teacher and community leader. She started her career as a preschool teacher at Westover Baptist, where she worked for 19 years. She touched hundreds of children’s and parent’s lives with a teaching career marked with unfailing kindness, patience, and practical advice. She stressed the importance of early childhood development and advocated for children and parents.

Mary Ann dedicated her free time to volunteering and the service of others. She fed the hungry, clothed the poor, and helped the needy. She had a special gift for teaching and helping children. She volunteered with Arlington’s Task Force on Youth for many years, resulting ultimately in the County's creation of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, which she chaired. Her volunteer efforts resulted in a second career with Arlington County as the assets liaison to the Arlington Partnership for Youth and Families where she dedicated her efforts full-time to the youth and children of Arlington before her retirement in 2012. Mary Ann has been active with organizations and projects such as Teen Day, Project PEACE, Northern Virginia Family Services, Arlington Parent Education Network, Teen summer expo, Youth film festival, READY coalition, and many others. She taught a parenting class at Arlington County Detention Facility. She served on the board of A-SPAN and the Executive Leadership Council for Arlington-Alexandria Extension Services.

In 1999 Mary Ann was awarded the Arlington Community Hero Award. In 2013, she was given the Allies in Prevention award from Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia. In 2015, she was honored with the William T. Newman Jr. Spirit of Community Award for her many years of dedicated service. In 2019, the Arlington Connect with Kids Champion award was renamed in her honor.

Mary Ann was an avid gardener, bird watcher, and walker. She loved to read and was a member of many book clubs. She had a loving relationship with her husband and they enjoyed traveling together during the years of their retirement.

Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Betty Donovan, her brothers Brian (Karen) and Chris (Karen), sister-in-law Tricia, and her son Kevin who died at birth. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert A. Moran; her four children, Kate (Kris) Sleeth, Sean (Summer Casillas), Tom (Becky), and Erin; and grandchildren: Brady, Caleigh, Colin, Luisa, Bo, Sunday, and Elle. She is also survived by her siblings: Charlie (Kathleen Lower), Tom, Beth (Patrick Burns), Mark (Katie), Steven (Patsy), Kevin (Sue), Phil (Sally Klingle), Meg (Bryan) Jennings, Priscilla (Rick) Wilcox.

Mary Ann was a deeply spiritual person and attended mass at the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Missionhurst in Arlington. She continuously gave of herself to others, whether it be as a mother, teacher, mentor, advocate, change-agent or community leader. Her generosity and kindness shown to both those she loved and, importantly, those she didn’t know, was admired by all.

A private funeral mass with be held on July 24th, 2020. A memorial celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a charitable contribution to the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families Foundation. (link to - https://www.arlingtonpartnershipfoundation.org /)


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 24, 2020


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 24, 2020



Mary Ann MORAN

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laura kolberg

July 25, 2020

I only met Mary Ann on two occasions, but what a lovely woman. One of my dearest friends Beth is her sister and has stayed close to her despite a Michigan to Maryland distance. Kirk and I are so sad to hear of her passing, and the loss to the family of such a gifted person that was taken way too soon. Loved reading her obituary to know all of her works that made our world a better place. Kirk and Laura Kolberg Muskegon Michigan

Judy Rudy

July 25, 2020

Mary Ann was a dear friend to me and my family when we lived in Arlington many years ago. I have wonderful memories of our children playing together and having her as a neighbor. She touched many lives with her kindness, caring and generosity. I will always keep her in my heart.
I send my condolences to her family.

Murad Khan

July 24, 2020

Ms. Mary Ann Moran

Graciously introduced to me by Tom,
Ms. Moran was one of the most beautiful souls that ever crossed into my life.

I want to thank Mr. Moran, Kate, Sean, Erin and Tom for allowing me to share so many memorable moments with such a genuine, caring, wonderful soul.

Bradley Miller

July 24, 2020

Ive got so many memories of the best neighbors ever, especially that smile and warm loving greeting Mary Ann would give me every New Year's Eve. My thoughts, prayers, and LOVE go out. I feel blessed to have known you.

James Moynihan

July 23, 2020

Dear Bob aka Bugs and all of the Moran family members,
Our deepest condolences and sympathy to all of you on the passing of your wife and mother Mary Ann aka Mandy. Mandy was the best of the best, bar none. Mandy as well as all of you were so very kind and engaging to us when we moved into our house on George Mason Drive just down the block from you all back in late 1984/early 1985. You all were wonderful neighbors. Your mother`s loving touch, gentleness and kindness toward others was always her trademark. What an All-Star human being was Mandy. Am sure Mandy is enjoying eternal happiness with the Big Guy upstairs as she so richly deserves based upon the great race which she ran while she was among us all here on Terra Firma. May Mandy continue to be with you all in spirit in the days ahead. May the Good Lord bless and watch over Mandy and all of you in the days ahead. Be there for each other in these most difficult of times.
God bless. Our deepest sympathies upon the loss of your mother and spouse.
Deepest sympathy,

Jim and Hiroko Moynihan
Tokyo, Japan

Mary Gay Ryan Tobin

July 23, 2020

Mary Ann Donovan was the first "Trinity girl" I met before heading off to college. She was friendly, fun-loving, and kind to a shy entering freshman. And she stayed that way. Her smile lit up a room. Her passing is the loss of a truly good person. My condolences to all the Morans.

Anne Reynolds

July 22, 2020

What a dynamo! Mary Ann will always be a guiding light for those of us who work with the children and youth of Arlington. We are richer for Mary Ann's leadership.

Deborah Schule

July 22, 2020

Thoughtful, caring, inclusive and kind -- that is the Mary Ann I met and knew while our children were at Ashlawn Elementary, through PTA activities in ACPS, and then serving on the A-SPAN Board together. She was so involved and I was always in awe of her energy and dedication - of course to her family, but to an entire community. I was truly blessed to call her my friend,

My deepest condolences to the Moran family.

Anne Vor der Bruegge

July 21, 2020

There will never be another Mary Ann. How could anyone as gentle and humble be so incredibly influential in so many lives? There are many times in my journey as a parent when I ask, "What would Mary Ann do?" I am so very fortunate to have worked with her, adored her, and to have received her gift of friendship and wisdom in return.

To Bob , Erin, Kate, Sean and Tom-thank you for sharing her with so many of us.

Love, Anne

Ann Miles

July 21, 2020

Mugs - I am so very sorry to hear of Mary Ann’s death. I remember fondly visits to your home in Arlington in the early days. Mary Ann was always so welcoming. I hope your memories and children and grandchildren can help to sustain you during this difficult time. Blessings to you and your family. Ann