Nola Mae Stephenson Moran, 81, died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Envoy Nursing Home, where she resided since March of 2008. Prior to moving to Envoy, she resided at 86 North Central Avenue, Craigsville, Virginia.
She was born December 18, 1930 in Augusta County, the daughter of John William and Ethel Mabel (Wade) Stephenson. Ms. Moran was employed at Genesco for numerous years and left to become a correctional officer at Augusta Correctional Center in 1986, where she retired in 1996. She was known for her seamstress skills and she loved to cook for family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Vickie Moran of Craigsville; a sister, Fontaine “Bonnie” Stone of Craigsville; a brother, Dennis W. Stephenson of Stuarts Draft; a grandson, Kevin Benson, whom she called “Newt”, and whom she loved dearly; a great grandson, Nathan, whom she called “Little Newt”; a special cousin, Dolly Garland of Staunton, Virginia; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Norris Wade, Donnie H., Fred A. and John Franklin Stephenson.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Craigsville Presbyterian Church with Reverend Olivia Haney officiating. Burial will follow at Craigsville Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bob Benson, Fred Benson, Jerry Fridley, R.C. Iddings, Wayne Martin and Darryl Stone. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and employees of Augusta Correctional Center.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Craigsville Funeral Home. Memorial honors will be provided by the Augusta Correctional Center Honor Guard.
The family extends special thanks to Dr. John Marsh, Southern Care Hospice, Chaplain Dennis Taylor, and all the staff at Envoy Nursing Home, especially, Grace, Donna, Carrie and anyone else who gave Ms. Moran excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to the Craigsville Fire Department, P.O. Box 37, Craigsville, Virginia 24430; Craigsville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 178, Craigsville, Virginia 24430; or the Craigsville Area Food Pantry, c/o Justine Tillman, P.O. Box 400, Craigsville, Virginia 24430.
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  1. My deepest sympathy to Vickie and family – keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Aside from Vickie and I being cousins, our two mothers were best friends during my childhood. Our Moms worked together at Genesco for many years, socialized on the weekends, and I can recall them sewing kitchen curtains for one another’s homes and having a lot of fun. I have many wonderful memories of Nola and her great sense of humor, good food, and welcoming spirit while I was growing up and in-and-out of her home as a little boy. Nola was a lovely lady and I am so blessed to have known her, and cherish the memories of how nurturing she was of me and my several siblings growing up.

    –Paul Blakely–
    Hyattsville, Maryland

  2. So sorry for the lost of your mother Ms. Vickie!! I’m so glad to have known her and you!! Now she will be your guardian angel now like my mom and dad are for me. I miss seeing you!! Take care of yourself!!

  3. Dear Vickie:

    This is your long-lost cousin Edward Campbell aka “Bugs”. I called my Brother Norris yesterday and we were recounting our youth. Your Mom did an Easter Egg Hunt when I was about 8 years old and I found the prize egg. That’s when you and Nola lived on the “mountain road” just up from Dab and Thelma. Funny what we recall, isn’t it.

    I am sincerely sorry for your loss.

    Ed Campbell
    Washington, DC

  4. Nola was my neighbor and friend for many years. My prayers are with the family left behind, but I am happy that she is in a much better place! Thank you Nola for all the memories!



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