Mary Louise Kellett Moore
January 7, 1911 – April 26, 2007
Mary Louise Kellett Moore died on April 26, after a long and interesting life. Her boyfriend, and later husband of 51 years, announced early in their relationship that Mary Louise was ‘too long’ so he shortened her name to Mary Lou. Mary Lou was born and raised in Madisonville, graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College and taught for about ten years at various locations around central Texas, including a stint in deep south Texas. She came to College Station in 1940 at the urging of a cousin who was teaching at A-M Consolidated and the promise that ‘she’d meet a nice A-M professor.’ She did.
In 1942, she married Lieutenant Bill Moore and, after the war, raised their family in College Station. Mary Lou’s priorities stemmed from her faith, which guided her unswervingly at every junction. She thrived in the role of homemaker. Once, when called for jury duty, she responded to the judge’s question of ‘are you a house wife?’ with the admonition that, no, she was not married to a house. She was dismissed from jury duty.
Mary Lou drove her family to west Texas and New Mexico in the late twenties to visit uncles, aunts and cousins and went with friends and a teacher on the train to the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1930, where she was astonished to learn that they never heard of Dr Pepper. Later, she visited family in Seattle, Buenos Aires, Paris and Scottsdale; she reveled in the memories of her travels.
She was survived by her two sons, Tim and David; a daughter-in-law, Ana; two grandchildren and their wives, Ignacio and Lisa Belden with great-granddaughter, Amalia, and Gabriel and Kristine Moore. Surviving second cousins include Mary Beth Patterson of Hill Top Lakes and numerous other kinfolk.
In the latter stages of her life, she had superb personal care givers including Ruby Jackson, Theresa Brown, Olivia Ligues, Debbie Valdez, Sharella Brown and Keisha Brown. The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to them.
Mary Lou was a person of deep convictions and nearly a charter member of the A-M Church of Christ; her faith was demonstrated by her actions.
Private interment will be at College Station Cemetery, with a memorial service scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at A-M Church of Christ in College Station.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bill and Mary Lou Moore Memorial Fund, at the Texas A-M Foundation, 401 George Bush Dr., College Station, Texas 77840-2811.
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