Catherine “Polly” Frost Moran
Owls Head, Maine- Catherine "Polly" Frost Moran of
Orleans passed on September 21 st.
Polly spent her formative years in Woodstock. She
attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a
degree in Home Economics and a minor in English. She
taught for a few years in Lenox, Massachusetts before
marrying the love of her life, Charles Clinton Moran,
also a UVM graduate. Polly and Charlie lived in New
York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut before returning
to Vermont in 1958. They settled in their home on
Prospect Street where they raised seven children. Polly
returned to teaching once the youngest children were in
middle school; first substituting in area schools and then
securing a position at Lake Region Union High School
where she taught Home Economics and English. Polly
challenged her students to be their best, whether sewing
a hem or conjugating a verb. Throughout the years she
enjoyed hearing from former students who thanked her
for her support, compassion and no nonsense approach
to teaching.
The expression "idle hands are the devil's workshop"
were words to live by in the Moran household. Polly
impressed upon her children the value of hard work
and the importance of education. If you didn't have a
rake in your hands you had better be reading a book!
Polly was an avid gardener, and the fruits of her labor
were evidenced in the beautiful landscape she created on
Prospect Street. Evenings, when the household was quiet,
she turned to her knitting and quilting. After having
turned out countless hand knit mittens, in her later
years, Polly turned her attention to quilting, creating
more than 15 hand stitched heirloom quilts. Each quilt,
a gift of love, will be treasured forever by her children and
Polly was predeceased by her husband of 68 years,
Charles Clinton Moran and by her eldest son, Charles
"Chip" Moran. Polly is survived by her six children
and their families: Peter and daughter-in-law Joanne,
Mary Catherine, Maggie and son- in-law Ken, Brian and
daughter-in-law Eileen, John, and Paul and daughter-inlaw
Jocelyne. Polly was blessed with six grandchildren:
Jeff and wife Katie, Jonathan and wife Trisha, Kim
and partner David, Kelly and partner Kristofer, Kate
and Molly. Polly was blessed with knowing her 5 great
grandchildren: Flora, Brody, Tom, Emmett and Charlie,
who affectionately called her "Great Mary".
A private family service will be held in Woodstock,
Vermont at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that donations be made in her name to the Jones
Memorial Library , 1 Water Street, in Orleans, VT. 05860
Hall's of Thomaston, 78 Main Street, Thomaston, ME.
has care of the arrangements.
To extend online condolences to the family please visit
Polly's Book of Memories at
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As a girl growing up in the Village of Orleans and a daughter of an EA Mill worker. I knew Mr & Mrs Moran well. My sympathies
Tracie Jaquish Quirion
September 29, 2021
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