MOUNT ANGEL — Joan Alice Forbes Moreland, 90, a longtime parishioner of The Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland and more recently a parishioner at St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel, died Oct. 1, surrounded by her children. A funeral Mass will be held at a later date due to COVID concerns.

Born Oct. 16, 1929, in Oak Park, Illinois, Joan and her four younger siblings moved frequently for her father’s career. She graduated from Mundelein College in Chicago with a degree in Spanish and spent her twenties teaching on military bases in Germany and Italy. Returning to the United States, she met her future husband Frank Moreland while teaching in Seattle. Married in 1960, they had five children and settled in Portland, becoming longtime parishioners of the Madeleine Parish.

Widowed at 55, Mrs. Moreland relied on her Catholic faith, friendships and outreach to others to set a strong example for her children. Traveling with friends up into her 80s, volunteering in her parish, playing bridge with friends, and keeping her children close gave her a purpose. Gracious and outgoing, she loved to shower her family with gifts on every occasion when they would gather.

Her children will miss her Christmas dinners with chicken doughboys and Fourth of July parties on her daughter’s farm, but especially her unconditional love.

Mrs. Moreland is survived by her children Michael of Clackamas, Mark of Tigard, Gene of Silverton, and Marianne of Mount Angel, as well as 12 grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, and son James.

Those who wish to are encouraged to donate to Central Catholic High School in Portland.