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Vera Moore

Vera Florence (Austin) Moore, oldest daughter of John Elmer and Lula Alice (Akins) Austin, was born, August 18, 1922, at home in Lorimor, Iowa. Vera attended the Baptist Church in Lorimor and was baptized there as a young girl. Vera attended and graduated as Salutatorian of her class from Lorimor High School in 1939. Unable to afford to attend college, she moved to Mount Ayr in late May, 1939.

Vera initially worked for Laughlin's doing abstracts and other secretarial duties. Later she worked in restaurants. She lived in a rooming house with five other girls. That summer she met the love of her life, Jack Edgar Moore. They were married December 7, 1941 at Bethany, Missouri. Jack and Vera had a very special relationship and marriage that lasted 69½ years before his death.

Vera's greatest enjoyment was being a wife and mother. She was dedicated to her family and worked very hard though the years to care for all of them. She was especially devoted to caring for her handicapped daughter, Beverly, at home, for over 37 years. Her love, compassion, faith, kindness and strength gave all of her children and many others a feeling of deep trust and security.

As her children grew up and left home, Vera became active in her local TOPS Club and was very involved for over 20 years. She and Jack took several bus trips to the conventions and made many friends she still has pen pals. She loved letter writing and sending cards. She also enjoyed baking and won many ribbons at the County and State Fair. She taught "Country School" every week at both local nursing homes for over 10 years, and thoroughly enjoyed her time with the residents. Jack and Vera loved to dance and could be seen at the local dances before they got busy with their family and then in the years after their children were grown. Vera took loving care of Jack for 7 years after his stroke and has missed him every day since his death 5 years ago. Vera passed away August 21, 2016 after having a celebration of her 94th birthday with family and friends 3 days earlier.

Survivors include her children Cheryl (Dave) Stuck of Warrensburg, MO, Jeannette (Dan) Lutrick of Mount Ayr, Susan (Gary) Fisher of Indianola, IA, and Jay (Kim) Moore of Broomfield, CO; 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; brother Charles (Janell) Austin of Des Moines, IA; sister Virginia Penfold of Osceola, IA.; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents; four half brothers John Austin, Alfred, Ed, and Elmer Bodtke; two half sisters Emma Austin and Viola Anneberg; two brothers, Clarence and Clair Dean Austin; two sisters, Vernetta Dove and Jean Hunter; son, Charles Moore; twin daughters, Barbara and Beverly Moore; grandson, Caleb Moore; and grandson-in-law, Tadd Bainum.

Memorials are to the Regular Baptist Church and the Lorimor Alumni Banquet.

Service Date: August 28, 2016

Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr, Iowa
Sunday, August 28, 2016 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Rev. Seth Denney
Saturday, August 27, 2016 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 ~ 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rose Hill Cemetery ~ Mount Ayr, Iowa
Regular Baptist Church
Lorimor Alumni Banquet

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Cheryl and family so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers go out to you family. Just know that she is happy and still doing what she loved taking care of her family.

mary gent Aug 28 2016 12:00 AM

I am sending this message for my mother-in-law, Kathleen Seales. She and Vera corresponded at Christmas and had good visits whenever Vera would get to Lorimor. Kathleen knew Vera and her family from their young days in Lorimor. Kathleen is in a care facility now and does not send cards anymore, but when I told her of Vera's death, she was very sorry to hear that news and asked that I send her condolences and sincerest sympathy to Vera's family. Mary Seales

Mary Seales Aug 28 2016 12:00 AM

Jeanette and Cheryl and families. Was saddened to see your mother's announcement but know she is in a better place and back with Jack and other family. She had a good long life and left your with many wonderful memories to cherish forever. Now may God wrap his arms around you and give you the peace that your Mother is now experiencing until you all meet again. In God's Love Paula

Paula Webb Aug 26 2016 12:00 AM

Vera was a good neighbor. We felt it was as if our mother lived across the street. We look forward to seeing Jack and Vera alive again in the resurrection. John 5:28,29

Jim & Donna Adams Aug 26 2016 12:00 AM

Vera I'm so sorry that when I moved back to ottumwa I didn't take the time to come see you. You were a much better friend than I or i wouldve taken the time that you deserved and come seen you, and now you're gone. I will always miss you and the kindness you showed me. You and Jack are two of the kindest and most loving people I have ever been lucky enough to have ever known. I'll now look at you and Jacks picture on my wall and find comfort in knowing you two are once again holding each others hand something I know you missed since Jack passed. Love you both and I'll miss you lots.

Deana Doman Aug 26 2016 12:00 AM

I have never know a more generous kind and loving soul than this beautiful lady. She has been a good friend, customer, and my surrogate mom. She will be missed by so many. She was so proud of her family and the grandkids and greats. She glowed in all that you accomplished. I know she is once again with the love of her life dancing through heaven keeping an eye on all of us her friends, and especially you her family.I will miss her evryday. Thank you for sharing her with so many of us.

CINDY DUGAN Aug 26 2016 12:00 AM

Our neighborhood will not be the same anymore. Neither will our community. She was a very dear, wonderful lady. Her and Jack will look down on us and protect us. The holidays will be especially hard for me, but to honor both of them, I will put up our outside decorations. God bless

bill & deb sickels Aug 24 2016 12:00 AM

Jeanette and family, I am so sorry to hear of Vera's passing. She was such a wonderful caring person. She will be greatly missed.

Diane Case Aug 23 2016 12:00 AM