Pickens Moran, age 96, of Albany, Kentucky, passed way October 28, 2020, at Pickett Care & Rehabilitation Center in Byrdstown, Tennessee. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 17, 1923, the daughter of the late William Perry “Bill” and Lucile (Pickens) Duvall. Pickens was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Marvin Madison Moran; her son, William Madison “Bill” Moran; sisters Mary Lucille (and Robert T.) Carver, Mildred Snow (and Forrest W.) Cooper, and Lorene D. Brooks; a brother, Billy F. (and Patricia) Duvall; and a niece, Forrestine Cooper Edmonson.
Pickens is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Moran DePalma (Bruno) and Sarah Moran Halcomb (Robin); a daughter-in-law, Mary Shanks Moran; granddaughters Sarah DePalma Cosgrove (Jeff), Alice Janette Moran, Jennifer Halcomb-LeBeau (Chris); a grandson, John Halcomb (Kristy); and great-granddaughters Hanna and Heather Cosgrove, Cosette LeBeau, and Lorelai Halcomb. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Jim Brooks (Carolyn); nieces Lucille Cooper Burton and Patricia L. “Tish” Duvall; nephews Fred W. Cooper, Sr. and William D. “Bill” Duvall; and a host of relatives and friends.
During World War II, Pickens left Albany to work as a military aircraft production inspector in both Indianapolis and Detroit, Michigan. She was later a member of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, which was created to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of working women, including volunteer women, in the war effort. After the war, she returned to Albany, where she met and married Marvin and devoted her life to her family and community.
Always active in community service, Pickens was a member of the Albany Woman’s Club, the Clinton County Republican Party, and was the first woman appointed as a trustee of Albany First United Methodist Church.
Pickens’ life was filled with love for her family and friends; she enjoyed nothing better than to have them all together, and was famous for her cooking, especially her signature mashed potatoes.
Because of COVID-19 considerations, a private memorial service was held November 2, 2020. Burial was in the Albany Cemetery. Campbell-New Funeral Home was honored to be in charge of the arrangements.
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