Marcelle Duranleau Moran BARRE CITY — Marcelle Lucienne Duranleau Moran, 90, passed away peacefully at home in Barre, Vermont, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, after a recent diagnosis of cancer. Born Aug. 17, 1930, in Washington, Vermont, she was the daughter of Victor and Laura Duranleau and the oldest of four children. She graduated Spaulding High School in 1948 and then married the love of her life, Buck Moran, on Sept. 17, 1948. They spent 60 years together before he passed. Together, they raised nine children on a dairy farm in Orange and later moved to South Barre, Vermont. She was the ultimate working mom and loved her 50 years as supervisor for the Rock of Ages Visitors Center. She was a second mom and inspiration to many young tour guides over the years who witnessed her strong work ethic, wonderful sense of humor and love for her job and family. She was Vermont’s Travel & Tourism “Person of the Year” and featured in “Made in Vermont” promoting local businesses and products. She started a small business, “Moran Minerals,” and we all have fond memories of breaking up stones and making granite jewelry, “Joe Grouts” and rock and mineral kits, sitting around the kitchen table often enlisting the neighbors as summer help. She enjoyed traveling to Florida with Buck in the winter and had many great memories with friends and family “down south.” Marcelle had the wonderful experience of being the matriarch of five generations with her son, Lance and his family. She leaves behind nine children: son Lance Moran and wife Dottie, grandson Jason Moran and wife Barbie, great-grandchildren Jake and Kyle, granddaughter Monika Morse and husband Tom, great-granddaughter Emma Eastman, great-great-grandson Liam, and great-granddaughter Mary Caitrin; daughter Penny Moran and grandson Matthew Moran and little dog Raisin; son Jeffrey Moran and wife Linda, grandson Austin Moran and wife Julianna and great-grandson Harrison, granddaughter Madison Bushey and husband Patrick; daughter Jennifer Mattera and grandson Marshall Mattera, granddaughter Abby Bleything and husband Sean and great-grandsons Cai and Atticus; son Mark Moran and wife Ann, and granddaughters Kaitlin and Emily; daughter Melissa Zelazny and husband Zee, and granddaughter Erin Zelazny and partner Chad and great-granddaughter Asha, grandson Lucas Zelazny and granddaughter Elly Zelazny; daughter Mona Bryans and husband Dave, and grandson Jesse; daughter Melanie Saia and husband Sean, and granddaughters Sierra and Kelsie and grandson Cameron; daughter Michelle Gosselin and husband Keith, and grandchildren Jessica and Joshua. She leaves behind her beloved sisters, Rita Clinton of Umatilla, Florida, and Rejeanne Bishop of El Paso, Texas; and sister-in-law Liz Duranleau of Washington, Vermont. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family across the United States and Canada. She was predeceased by her husband, Buck Moran; her younger brother, Carroll Duranleau; and her parents, Victor and Laura Duranleau of Washington, Vermont. Graveside services will be held in Washington, Vermont, at a later date at the convenience of the family. The family would like to thank the staff of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice Services for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Berlin, VT 05641. Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St. in Barre. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at: www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

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Jeff and Mark, and all the other Moran children - I was so very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She was a gem; I loved her spunk and her laughter. I would quite often see her walking to St. Monica's Church to attend Mass; she was a devoted parishoner. My thoughts and prayers to all of you; and hugs from my Mother also. Take care, Cyndy Carrier Brown

Duffy Ballard

I’m so sorry that Marcelle has left us. She was such a joy! When we lived on Middle Road for a few years

she was a wonderful neighbor. She’ll be greatly missed.

Anne Sarcka


Penny, Met your mom through mine, she was a beautiful kind lady always smiling. Will miss her. My sympathies to you and your family fir your loss.

Shirley Bennett


To all of the Moran family. I am so sorry too here of Marcelle's passing. We became very good friends when I worked for Coca-Cola and made deliveries to ROA. I always made it a point to visit it her when I came back to Vermont to see family. She was a great lady and will be forever remembered.

Alan & Sherry Sancibrian, Lubbock, TX.

Sharon Tucker

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Moran family for your loss.


I am so sorry to hear of Marcelle's passing. It's funny but I was just speaking with someone about her last week. She was such a warm and wonderful woman! I loved working with her at The Rock and will never forget how much fun she was and how she was like a second mom to all of us! Not to mention all the laughs we had gluing those ceramic turtles and bunnies to the granite pieces from the grout pile! :) We all loved her so much! My deepest sympathies to all of you! Joann Sassone, Beverly, MA


Lance and Penny, Sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Thoughts are with you. Jim Milne

Dennis T

My sincere condolences go out to the entire Moran family. Godspeed Marcelle!

Steve Sanderson

To the entire Moran clan, I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Steve Sanderson

Melissa Zelazny

Wishing you peace and joy in Heaven Mom with Dad. Keep an eye out for us!! Love #6.



I wanted to extend my sincere sympathy and to let you know that you are in my thoughts in the passing of you Mom. There is no other like a Mother. May your Mother R.I.P.

Shirley Rivard


Lance, Penny and the rest of the Morans.Very sorry to year of your moms passing. I had the pleasure of becoming her friend many ,mamy years ago. She will be missed by many. Please except our deepest sympathies Ron,Laida,Bim Edson and Maria Edson Sweetser Denver Colorado


Sending my sincere condolences to the Moran clan. Thoughts and prayers going out to you all.

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