Evelyn was born on March 15, 1923, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Alice Victoria and Hugh Clinton Bray. She graduated from Dalton High School in 1940, and she worked diligently during World War II with the Georgia Red Cross in support of the war effort. Evelyn married the “love of her life” in 1944, and she then embarked on her lifetime career as wife, homemaker, mother, caretaker for her parents, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, friend and confidante. Evelyn lived her life based on her favorite Biblical reference, 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” In every way, Evelyn’s life personified LOVE.
In addition to Evelyn’s primary career, she was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Eastern Star, the Sam Jones Methodist Church Joy Link, the Montrose United Methodist Church Charity Circle, and the Woman’s Club of Ouray County. Evelyn’s special interests included cooking, ceramics, cross-stitching, reading, traveling, church activities, dancing and enjoying couple card games with her husband and friends. Evelyn’s favorite pasttimes centered around visiting with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, godchildren, extended family and friends.
Evelyn was predeceased by her loving husband, J.W. Moreland; and her great-granddaughter, Jenna Marie Barrett. She is survived by a daughter and husband, Vicki and Steve Caldwell of Ouray and Montrose, Colo.; a son and wife, Wes and Anna Moreland of Kingsport, Tenn.; a son and wife, John and Marsha Moreland of Marietta.
Evelyn also was blessed with seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Two memorial services will be held to honor Evelyn’s well-lived life. A Colorado memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, CO 81401, with Pastor Michael Moran presiding. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m., a Georgia memorial service will be held at Sunset Memory Gardens, 790 Indian Mounds Road, Cartersville, GA 30120, in which retired Pastor Lewis Hickom will preside and where Evelyn will be inurned with her husband. A “life celebration” reception will follow at 3 p.m. at Sam Jones United Methodist Church Family Life Center, sponsored by the Marco Sunday school class and the UMW Joy Link. The Moreland family extends the invitation to all friends to attend either or both of these memorial services.
In lieu of flowers to celebrate Evelyn’s life at the Colorado memorial, the family requests that memorial contributions can be directed to the Senior Community Care PACE Program, 2377 Robbins Way, Montrose, CO 81401, in loving memory of Evelyn Moreland or to any other charity of choice. Flowers for the Georgia memorial may be delivered to the Sunset Memory Gardens, 790 Indian Mounds Road, Cartersville, GA 30120, to arrive no later than Friday, Oct. 5, or memorial contributions may be sent to the above-referenced Senior Community Care PACE Program or to any other charity of personal choice.
Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose, Colo., is in charge of the arrangements for the Colorado Memorial on Sept. 26; and Sunset Memory Gardens in Cartersville, is in charge of the arrangements for the Georgia memorial on Oct. 6.