Moran, Mary T.
Mary T. Moran died Aug. 20, 2007 at her home in Green Valley, Ariz.She was born in Decatur, Ill., the daughter of George and Edith Speasl. Graduated from St. Teresa High School in Decatur in 1959, Mary received a bachelors of science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1968.Mary was a professional in escrow services in Tucson for more than 25 years. In the 1970s she opened Minnesota Title Insurance Company in Tucson and served as special projects officer for both Transamerica Title and Stewart Title & Trust. Mary was executive vice president at Commonwealth Land Title Agency. Most recently, she was escrow officer at Fidelity National Title. Mary was the founding president of the Southern Arizona Escrow Association and taught the first escrow courses at Pima Community College.Mary worked in real estate in Mt. Lemmon, Ariz., where she lived some of her happiest days in a community of friends. She was a member of Mt. Lemmon Fire District Board of Trustees and a consultant to Board of Mt. Lemmon Cooperative Water Company. She also served on the board of two homeowner associations.In Truckee, Calif., she worked as Administrative Director of Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation and as Executive Director of North Tahoe Art Center in Tahoe City.Marys passion was her art. She obtained her initial education in Fine Arts at the Tucson Art Institute in the late 1980s. She was a gifted painter, sculptor and ceramicist. She was very active in the Clay Studio of Green Valley and served as chair of its Visiting Artists Committee. She was a volunteer at Santa Rita Art League.Mary also loved reading, birding, cooking and hiking. She was an inspiring friend who left a deep imprint on many hearts.She is survived by her mother, Edith Speasl, of Green Valley, Ariz.; daughter, Michele Duffy-Wimmer, of Lexington, S.C.; sisters Jennie Olafsen of University Place, Wash., Margaret Audilet and Carolyn Renna of Tucson, Ariz., Anita Gat of Palo Alto, Calif., Clare Hill of Silver Spring, Md.; brothers Paul Speasl of Rio Rico, Ariz., and Mark Speasl of Monroe, N.C., and three grandchildren, Matthew OConnor, and Dakota and Cheyene Wimmer.A memorial and celebration of Marys life for her family and friends is planned for a later date.
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