With heavy hearts we announce that our “Nan”
Eva Mary Moran (nee Cunningham)
passed away on February 2, 2016 at the age of 94 at La Verendrye Hospital surrounded by friends and family.
Eva was pre-deceased by her parents Lloyd and Maud Cunningham, her fi rst husband Frank Ritchot in 1969 and second husband John Moran in 2012. Eva was also tragically pre-deceased by her two sons Robert and Frankie and daughter Mary. Eva is survived by her sister Jean and daughter Eloise (Tim) Landry. Eva is also survived by her 9 grandchildren Kim (John) Derksen, Jo (Gary) McDonald, Yvonne McLeod (Adam) John Cox, Allison Cox, Meesh Moran, Mark Moran, Crystal Belcourt and Richelle Kantor. Seven Great Grandchildren also survive, Katie Friday, Chase House, Jake House, Kennady McDonald, Travis Fors, Phoenix Boulet and Arthur John Cox.
Eva was born on October 16, 1921 in Fort Frances, the oldest of 7 children. Her early years were spent in the Rainy River area with her family as true “Northern Ontario” pioneers. Eva’s family moved into the Rainy River area before the turn of the century and can be found helping build the railroad through Northwestern Ontario. Eva married Frank Ritchot in June of 1938 and they had 4 children Robert, Frankie, Mary and Eloise. Upon Frank’s untimely passing in 1969 Eva remarried John Moran in 1974. Eva had been working as a Nurse in Thunder Bay and had moved back to Fort Frances with John when they became married. The next 38 years they were inseparable. Eva and John spent many summers at Lake of the Woods enjoying the company of close friends and family and laying down great memories fi shing and playing crib and other camping games with all visitors…. but the best of times were with their grandchildren. Eva had the most amazing relationships with her grandchildren that persisted and flourished with daily contact and hour long conversations until the day she passed. On a “call” with Eva was a daily ritual of laughter and memories… sometimes at a volume that needed a separate room… and always ended with a loving message and looking forward to the next call. This will be missed in many of our lives and leaves a gaping hole in our hearts.
Eva was a master “Crafts” person. She spent endless hours crocheting and knitting absolute works of art that have been donated to friends, family and the community at large. These traditions live on in the lessons and patient instruction she has passed down to her grandchildren.
Eva leaves behind many many special friends and has touched so many more with her hospitality and community involvement over the years. Thank you to all her friends who looked in on or looked after Eva in these last few years. Ethel…Eva’s best friend for “100” years and her best “TomCat friend” always nearby and supportive. Merv and Lynda the best neighbors anyone ever had the privilege to call friends and neighbors for the countless hours of love, help and support you have given to Eva over the years. Also, Merv and Lynda’s Granddaughter, Jordyn who became like one to Eva… you are truly family. Cousin Bob and Laurie for being close by and available at a moment’s notice to help and be the family connection to everyone who couldn’t be nearby.
The family would also like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Nelson and the staff at La Verendrye Hospital for going way above and beyond with their patience and kindness, especially in the past few diffi cult months. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
From Jo and Yvonne… we are beyond devastated that this day came where we had to say goodbye. Nan, you were the best part of our day, every day, and the world is so very empty without you here to answer our calls and to make whatever life was throwing at us that day, into a brighter moment. We will cherish every memory and our grandchildren will know you through our daily calls and conversations with them… you live on through them beautiful Nan. We will miss you forever.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Fellowship Church in Fort Frances, ON with Pastor Tyler Lagrave offi ciating. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be directed to the Fort Frances Community Chest, 939 Third Street East, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 1S2 or CDKL5 Foundation of Canada, 55 Glen Road, Toronto, ON M4W 2V3.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.
With heavy hearts we announce that our “Nan”