March 7, 1931—Aug. 8, 2015 Petranna Lynn Moreland, beloved wife, mother,and friend, passed peacefully at home in her sleep on Aug. 8, 2015, at the age of 84. Petranna (Pat) Benedict was born March 7, 1931, in Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dominic and Emma (Meyer) Benedict of Chicago, and her brother, Dr. Peter Benedict of Raleigh, NC. Pat is survived by her dear husband of 62 years, Herbert Spencer Moreland; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and William Armstrong of Golden, CO; daughter, Victoria Moreland; and granddaughters, Claire and Danielle Moreland-Ochoa of Salem, OR. Pat attended Immaculata High School in Chicago, where she developed lifelong friendships that lasted nearly 70 years. After studying art and interior design at Wright Junior College, Pat began working at Combined Insurance Company of America, where she met the love of her life, Herbert, whom she married on June 6, 1953. Pat devoted her life selflessly to the loving care of her husband, children, parents, brother and friends. She was passionate about the welfare of animals and habitats, volunteering her time at a local animal shelter, a wildlife rescue and rehab facility, the Nature Conservancy and as a docent at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. She shared these passions with her husband, including a love of their much-pampered German shorthair pointers. Pat was exceptionally knowledgeable about her many interests, which included art, antiques, history, opera, literature, nature, travel, films, food and fashion. All who knew Pat were enriched by her sparkling intellect, artistic sensibility, adventurous spirit, engaging personality and curiosity about the world. She was a brilliant conversationalist and storyteller with a prodigious memory for detail. A true lady, Pat embodied beauty, charm, grace, poise, self-sacrifice, kindness, and compassion. She was deeply loved by her family and her many friends, all of whom will miss her dearly and cherish her forever. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  August 17, 2015