Suzanne D. Moran, 82

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BRUNSWICK — Suzanne Drinker Moran, 82, a writer and former history teacher, died at home Aug. 1.

Born in Brookline, Mass., Oct. 25, 1927, a daughter of Philip and Susan Aldrich Drinker, she grew up in the Boston area.

She was educated at Smith College and received her master’s degree in history from Case Western Reserve University.
In 1970 she married William L. Moran.

She taught college courses in history part-time while raising her five children.  

Her first book, “Gathered in the Spirit,” traced the beginnings of the historic First Church in Cambridge, where, after her children were grown, she worked as an administrator and archivist.  

Her second book, a memoir interwoven with local history, “The House at Bunganuc Landing,” was published earlier this year.

In 1990 she moved to Brunswick, and became an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, volunteered at local homeless shelters, and taught correspondence courses to prisoners.  

She enjoyed sharing Maine’s beautiful outdoors and her lifelong love of music with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband William in 2000.

Surviving are two sons, Christopher Funkhouser and his wife Sharon Tenhope of Stow, Mass., John Funkhouser and his wife Amy of Needham, Mass., and three daughters, Susan Mickel of Madison, Wis., Catherine Garlid and husband Peter of Portland, and Ann McMahon and husband Francis of Bethesda, Md.; a brother, Philip Drinker and wife Margaret of Norwich, Vt., and a sister, Mary Eliza Scudder and husband Theodore of Altadena, Calif.; and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pleasant St., Brunswick.  

Memorial condolences can be expressed at

Memorial contributions can be made to the College Guild, P.O. Box 6448, Brunswick, ME 04011 or to Tedford Housing, P.O. Box 958, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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