July 16, 1913 – April 1, 2019
Margaret Murrin Moser passed away peacefully at 5:45 p.m. on April 1, 2019. She was 105 years old. Born July 16, 1913 in Butler County Pennsylvania, she was the oldest of Blanche Althea and Paul Arthur Murrin’s five children. She lived in the town of Murrinsville, Pennsylvania until 1919, when her family moved to Texas for several years.
Margaret attended Holy Trinity Catholic School in Dallas, Texas, graduating in 1927, then Ursuline Academy, graduating in 1931. From there she went to Ursuline College in New Orleans, where one of her good friends was Anna Catherine Moser, the sister of her future husband, August Charles Moser, Jr. (A.C.). At a party after A.C.’s graduation from Texas A & M University, where he had held the position of Cadet Colonel, he asked Anna Catherine the name of “that pretty little Irish girl.” Anna Catherine introduced them and the rest, as they say, is history.
Margaret and A.C. Moser were married in the Murrinsville Catholic Church on December 31, 1935, and over 50 years of loving married life followed until A.C.’s death in 1994. While A.C. became involved in the Dallas civic community as partner of Moser Company, Realtors,
Margaret’s life centered around her family. She was a full-time loving mother to nine children, four daughters and five sons, later grandmother to 21 others, and great grandmother to 19. more. Family and friends were always welcome to her home. Margaret was an excellent cook, and there was always plenty of food to go around. A talented seamstress and prudent household manager, she made most of the children’s clothes during economically stressful times.
Margaret and A.C. placed a high value on education, and one of their proudest achievements was seeing all nine children successfully complete at least a college education.
Beyond the household, Margaret’s talents were recognized by her peers. She was President of the Holy Trinity Mother’s Club of her children’s neighborhood Catholic School, and later the President of the Dallas Realtors’ Wives Association. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and of the fact that her ancestors arrived in the United States in colonial days in 1745. One of her ancestors, Hugh Murrin, fought in the Revolutionary War, which made her officially a Daughter of the American Revolution. A happy moment in her life was the trip she and A.C. took to Ireland in 1985. The visit to Ireland was part of a surprise gift of a trip to Europe from their children.
Margaret’s second daughter and namesake, Sr. Margaret Ann Moser, O.S.U, .former President of Ursuline Academy, passed away on November 16, 2017. Margaret is survived by three daughters, Sr. Mary Theresa Moser, R.S.C.J., Kathleen Moser Barr (David), Carol Moser Grantham (David), A. C. Moser 3rd (Mary Ellen), Paul Moser (Kathleen), Ernest Moser (Penny), Michael Moser (Kris), and Jim Moser (Gretchen).
Margaret’s favorite song was “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”. While ours are sad at her passing, we wish her Godspeed as she ends her journey and joins the communion of saints in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Sr. Margaret Ann Moser, O.S.U. Endowed Scholarship Fund of Ursuline Academy, Dallas, Texas.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Calvary Hill Funeral Home North Chapel, 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, Texas 75220. Burial to follow at 3:00 p.m.
- Visitation Monday, April 8, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 8, 2019
- Committal Monday, April 8, 2019
April 10, 2019
Sending our condolences to the Moser Family. NO matter how old they are, or how well or unwell, it is always hard to lose your Mom. We are thinking of you at this difficult time. Beth and Dale Hahn (Gretchen Moser's sister)
Angela McCaffrey Notzon
April 10, 2019
My Mother, Frances Wilson McCaffrey , was the best friend of Margaret's and took trips with both my dad and A.C. , Margaret's husband over the years .My mom was a student at Ursuline Academy and graduated in 1928 I think!! Frances McCaffrey was honored as outstanding alumna a few years back.
It so wonderful to read about Mrs. Moser and finding out she had 9 children and my mom had 17 and I'm # 8. We had 6 sisters who went to Ursuline Academy . Lots of memories with us sisters dating A.C. and Paul Moser over the years.
We also were at Holy Trinity grade school and our mom played the piano for the teas that they had there and dad James H. McCaffrey was one of the past presidents of Holy Trinity's school board.
We loved all the Moser's and love the idea that both these Irish women were best friends over the years of raising such big families and having fun taking trips together with their husbands.
Also my sister , Ursula and Margaret , were classmates at Ursuline and on graduating went of to become nuns in different orders and stayed friends always. This was truly a delight for me to read about Mrs. Moser ( which is what I called her) and thank you all for honoring and writing about Margaret Moser, who was a great and noble lady in our lives.
Blessings Angela McCaffrey Notzon, class of '59
Charlotte (Moser) Gelineau-Kattner
April 5, 2019
Dear Tesa, Bud, Paul, Ernie, Mike, Kathy, Carol, and Jim,
I have fond memories of your Mom at our family gatherings. She always had a smile for me and for everyone else. And for many years, she sent out news of all of you and your adventures. It was a gift to all of us. Your Mom had a great life and she made the world a better place to be. The last time I saw her was when I visited her in the nursing home. I think she understood who I was but, whether she did or not, she was certainly kind. She lived a long and happy life.
I live in Kansas City now so will not be at the services but I send my love to all of you. Please know that I am thinking of you during this time for memories.
your cousin, Charlotte