Twila Yvonne “Vonnie” Moore
November 22, 1940 ‒ February 13, 2012
As the life of a flower, Vonnie Moore, was full of life, vibrant colors and grace, spreading joy everywhere she went. She was truly one of a kind. And just like a flower, she too must fade away, only to be seen in Heaven again some day.
Twila Yvonne “Vonnie” Moore, age 71, of Fredericktown, died peacefully on Monday evening, February 13, 2012, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital following a six month illness.
On November 22, 1940, Vonnie was born in Marion County, the third of four daughters of the late Joseph and Violet (Brandum) Kisor. As a family they moved to Cardington in 1945, and then to Mount Gilead in 1956, where she graduated from the Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1958.
Shortly following graduation, Vonnie married the love of her life, James R. “Jim” Moore, on July 29, 1958. Together they lovingly raised three children and shared nearly 42 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on January 11, 2000.
Dedicating her life to be of service to others, Vonnie started working as a maid in the housekeeping department at the Derrick Hotel in Mount Gilead, and she was quickly promoted to oversee the entire housekeeping department. She also worked for a short period of time as a manager at Friendly’s in Mount Vernon, until she found her true calling.
Having a lifelong love for flowers, Vonnie worked for the William’s Flower Shop in Mount Vernon and the Centerburg Flower Shop until 1984, when she pursued her dreams of owning her own flower shop, starting the Marengo Flower Shop. “Every piece of floral arrangements she made in her shop” for 27 years, “was personal to her” and she made sure it was “perfect”. She truly loved the people she so proudly served, and she loved brightening someone’s day with her flowers. Hoping to enjoy her retirement, Vonnie closed her shop in July of 2011, and unfortunately fell ill just four months later.
Having a green thumb, not only did Vonnie enjoy tending to her flower garden at home, but she also took pride in her vegetable garden. With her bountiful crop of vegetables every year, Vonnie found ways “to make great food from it”. Her family will especially miss “the great pies and cakes” she always made them.
In her younger years, Vonnie had a love for riding horses, especially her favorite horse, Honey Gal. She also enjoyed antiquing, looking for treasures to decorate her home.
With a deep faith, Vonnie was in the process of becoming an official member of the First Baptist Church, where she had attended for many years. She was also proud to have recently been baptized by Pastor Jerry Mathias while at Bennington Glenn.
Always putting her family first, Vonnie was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She always made sure her family was taken care of before all else. She was also a dedicated member and supporter of the Mighty Mighty Moores’ ALS Team.
Despite the fact that Vonnie was very strong willed, independent, and stubborn, she was more importantly a loving and caring friend to all. She stood by her family and friends, through thick and thin.
She will be dearly missed by her two children: Vonnetta Hart and Brad “Steve” Moore, both of Fredericktown; one granddaughter, Jennifer Hart; three sisters: Eileen Berry of Mount Gilead, Maxine (John Clark) Waddell of Marion, and Rheda (Garnie) Walker of Mount Gilead; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews, and the Moore family.
Including her husband and parents, Vonnie was preceded in death by her son, Richard “Rick” Moore in 1982; her son-in-law, Jerry Hart in 2009; and by her brother-in-law, Carl Berry in 2011.
Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her life will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 51 W. High St., Mount Gilead, with Pastors Josh Melvin and Jerry Mathias officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to the ALS Association, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Vonnie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.