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In Memory of

Frances A. Moore

August 5, 1920 - September 12, 2017

Obituary


Frances Allen Moore passed away at the age of 97, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. She was born on August 5, 1920, to Eunice May McCallum Allen and Frank Augustus Allen in Garland, Texas, who owned a variety store in Celina, Texas where Frances grew up and attended public schools. She was born late in life to parents who adored and spoiled her and nurtured her artistic talents, along with an older sister Imogene who tolerated her.

Frances graduated from Celina, High School at the age of 17, and by the age of 21,...

Frances Allen Moore passed away at the age of 97, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. She was born on August 5, 1920, to Eunice May McCallum Allen and Frank Augustus Allen in Garland, Texas, who owned a variety store in Celina, Texas where Frances grew up and attended public schools. She was born late in life to parents who adored and spoiled her and nurtured her artistic talents, along with an older sister Imogene who tolerated her.

Frances graduated from Celina, High School at the age of 17, and by the age of 21, had graduated as an elementary school teacher with a concentration in art from North Texas State Teachers College in Denton, Texas. Her first job as an elementary school teacher was in Niederland, Texas. However, the highlight of her early career came next when she worked for six months as an electronics technician, commonly known as a "Rosie the Riveter", helping assemble airplanes at the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation in Akron, Ohio.

Next came a job teaching second grade at Sam Houston Elementary School in Edinburg, Texas, where one of her students named Harold Curtis Moore decided she would be the perfect sweetheart for his oldest brother Millard Moore, who was off serving in the Army. On his next trip home in 1948, Millard met the 27-year-old Frances and they were married six months later.

While Millard was off serving in Korea, Frances and three year old son Mike moved into to a house next door to her parents in Celina, Texas. Millard was later stationed in Japan when daughter Becky was born. Shortly thereafter, with two small children in tow, Frances took a train from Dallas to San Francisco, and then a ship to Japan, where she joined Millard for two years of military life. It was during Millard's next assignment to Bergstrom Airforce Base that the young family moved to Austin, where baby Lisa was born.

Frances first went back to work part time at Little Dudes' Daycare in Austin, the daycare Lisa attended, and then was a substitute teacher in Shreveport, Louisiana, where the family lived for two years during Millard's final military assignment. Next, the family moved back to Austin and to a home and ranch on Onion Creek and Nuckolls' Crossing, where they lived until moving to Johnson City, Texas in 1984.

Frances worked for twenty years as Assistant Curator of the Austin Travis County Collection at the Austin Travis-County History Center, a part of the Austin Public Library System. She adored this job and her role assisting writers, researchers and historians' research and preserve the history of Austin and Travis County.

In 2005, Frances achieved a life-long dream when she bought a rustic cabin in rural New Mexico in Tres Ritos, near Taos. She and her family have many fond memories of that cabin, as well as of trips to Sipapu, New Mexico, where they had traveled almost every summer for over forty years.

Frances' love of art and crafting was evident throughout her life in the beautiful homes she created for her family. However, she considered her greatest creations to be her children and their families. She loved babysitting her grandkids and traveled wherever she was asked to go to assist her daughters and their families.

She is survived by her children, Mike Moore, Becky Buslett and husband, Bobby, and Lisa Lander, and husband, Mark; four grandchildren, Erica Buslett, Michael Buslett, Caitlin Varna, and Sean Lander; one great-grandchild, Jameson Buchanan; three brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and twenty-one nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Imogene, and her husband Millard.

The family will receive friends from Noon to 1:00 P.M., Saturday September 16, 2017, at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home followed by a Celebration of Frances' Life at 1:00 P.M., in the Chapel with Chaplain Gloria Gene Moore officiating. Interment will be at 1:30 P.M., Monday, September 25, 2017, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.