August 26, 1932 ~ June 22, 2020

Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Denver , Colorado

Barbara was born in Denver on August 26, 1932 to William and Kay May. She grew up in East Denver. She attended Loyola Catholic School and Cathedral High School.   She pursued her higher education at Loretto Heights College in Southwest Denver.

Barbara married her high school sweetheart, John R. Moran, Jr. on August 8, 1953.  After John’s Navy service Barbara and John settled in Denver’s Parkhill neighborhood where they raised their six children.

Barbara had many interests and many friends.  She was an avid tennis player, skier, lover of arts, an artist and, Master Gardener. She also enjoyed playing bridge with dear friends.  She took great joy in entertaining her friends and family with her impeccable culinary skills. Every delicious meal was curated to the last detail. The last detail being a sumptuous dessert.

Of all Barbara’s interests, her faith and family came first. Her faith was quiet and unyielding. She was deeply devoted to the Blessed Mother and continued her daily rosary despite her failing health.

Her family was her greatest joy. Nothing made her happier than to have her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren around her at any time.

Barbara will be forever missed by her family and her many friends, especially her husband John. They would have celebrated 67 years of marriage in August. Barbara died in the same manner that she lived her life, with beauty, grace and dignity, surrounded by her family.

Barbara is survived by her husband John, her six children and their spouses, nineteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, William J. May, Kathlyn K. May, and her brother, Brother William J. May, C.S.C.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph be with you on your way. We love you.


In lieu of flowers please contribute to The Denver Hospice in gratitude of the care they provided for Barbara and her family or Brother’s of the Holy Cross, San Antonio, Texas.


Holy Cross High School

425 North San Felipe Avenue

San Antonio, TX 78228


There will be a private family funeral service with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. Please check back here for service details.


Memories Timeline


  1. My prayers and love to my lovely friend of many years ago in the Park Hill neighborhood. She and John were angels to me and my family when Iwas going through a trying time.
    May she rest in the peace of The LORD.

  2. Barbara was gracious, loving and kind. She will be missed by all who were fortunate to have met her.
    Our love and sympathies to John and her family.

    Jean and Tom Merrick

  3. It was a true honor and pleasure knowing Barbara. I will always remember her kindness and her gentleness. My condolences to John and family. May she rest in peace.

    Rachel and Daniel Mondragon

  4. Dear John and the Moran family.
    The Fanganello family sends its condolences to all of you. We join in your sorrow at Barbara’s passing. You have been wonderful neighbors and friends and I have always appreciated your legal fellowship. Barbara was a superb lady; we were blessed to have her in our lives. She is with the angels.

  5. I knew Barbara primarily through John, a law partner and friend of mine for many years. She was a gracious and thoughtful host for law firm social functions and a knowledgeable and friendly docent at the Denver Art Museum. Last summer, when John couldn’t get out for our usual restaurant meal, Barbara invited me to have lunch at their lovely home, presented the meal (artfully), and then thoughtfully left John and me alone to reminisce about old times.

    Bill and Joanne

  6. Dearest Moran Family,
    Your mom lived life with such graciousness. I occasionally ran into her in the neighborhood. She always had the kindest of words. I would return home thinking I needed to up my game in my wardrobe choices. She always looked so stunning, even at Kings or Safeway! You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Dear Moran Family, Please know how much you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this tough time. No matter how old we all are, it is always difficult to loose a parent. I have so many fond memories of your beautiful Mom. She was a classy lady both inside and out and I can still hear her wonderful laugh! Her smile always glistened from ear to ear! She was, along with your sweet dad, were such good friends to my parents in every which way.
    May your tears soon turn into smiles filled with loads of fun-filled memories of your loving mom, grandmother, great grandmother and a dear friend to so many! Rest In Peace Barbara
    Love, Mary Clarke Stevens

  8. Dear Moran Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved running into Barbara here and there, most recently at La Fillette Bakery..”her bakery”! She was always kind and beautiful! She’ll be missed.

  9. I knew Barbara since we were children. And she was always a wonderful person. I was fortunate to have her as a friend!

  10. Dear Morans-Barb was very kind to all Jobs. Recently she wrote me an encouraging note during à personal rough patch. I valued her love and friendship. She is inspiring.

  11. John so sorry for your loss. I loved being with you and Barbara when I would come out to be with Joyce and Allan We always had a real good time all of us being together to celebrate the grandkids in graduating or just a good cook out over Greg and Bridget’s. I love you all my prayers for all of you

  12. John and family, praying God’s loving arms surround you all during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Barbara was beautiful inside and out.

  13. Barbara was such a wonderful person. She never forgot my mom and always tried to keep in touch with her. It meant so much to me. I know she will be missed. Such a graceful, warm and compassionate woman,

    Kathy Kelly Sangster

  14. Dear Kathy, John, Maryanne and all of the Moran Family, I was so lucky to run into your mom for brief moments throughout the years. She made me feel known and welcome at each visit. She was truly a godly woman and example to all. God bless you.

    Janine (Loiseau) Smith

  15. Barbara was the best friend one could ever have. She was loyal, loving, caring and steadfast in her attention to her friends. She also was beautiful and elegant and will leave a large void in our lives.

  16. Dear Bill, Kathy and the entire Moran family,
    Your Mother was an absolutely lovely woman, inside and out. She shared her amazing gifts of kindness, acceptance and grace each time one was fortunate enough to encounter her. I know her absence in your lives is deeply felt.

    “Elegance is a glowing inner peace. Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful. Mystery is a hidden laugh always ready to surface!” ~C.Joybell C.

  17. Barbara was beautiful in action and in the way she presented herself. Her legacy in her children and the Grands is evidence of her gracious influence.

  18. To the entire Moran family especially Mary I am so sorry for your loss. Barbara was such a shinning light everywhere she went. I am so truly sorry. John Sheridan

  19. Dear John: What a wonderful life Barbara had. She made such a contribution of joy and faith to the community. I remember her from the “good old days” when Bill and Marty and I were at Regis together. Such fond memories. God bless you as you mourn her passing
    Jack Rae

  20. John and the entire Moran family. Barbara was inspiration to all who knew her. She was the definition of elegance, grace, and class. Pray accept our deepest sympathy in your grievous loss. May her memory be eternal.

  21. Mary and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your mom was one of the sweetest women I’ve ever known; she always had a wonderful smile and friendly greeting each time I saw her.
    May God’s love -and the love of family and friends- comfort you during this time of sorrow.

  22. As one of Barbara’s Chicago cousins we would get to see her on her summer visits to Chicagoland. Barb was a little older than most of her cousins but she and her brother Bill were so kind to us on these visits it made them very special moments.
    Later in life we had our own families and kind of lost touch but then in 2012, Kitty and I did a Colorado trip and Barb and John had us to their lovely home for a couple days. It was a wonderful time of Family reminiscing and fun. A few years later and we returned with Marybeth and Bill Crowley and again we were treated to all the warmth of Ivy Street. Sitting and chatting with Barb and John was a pleasure and we commented after our visit how comfortable we all felt…like it had been a few weeks between visits rather than years.
    Barbara and John will always be in our hearts and prayer.

  23. Loved her!!! Always beautiful when she would pick me up for Coffee. We had wonderful moments together. We enjoyed many many years of “coffee time”!
    One of my very first “ Landscape clients”! Absolutely elegant & very wise.
    She adored her family & her garden gave her a lot of comfort. Amazing memories to help me now understand she is truly gone.


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