Mariedora Thompson Moore of Mobile, Alabama, and Trimble, Tennessee, died November 8, 2020 at Ashland Place Health and Rehabilitation in Mobile, Alabama. She was born February 9, 1922, in Memphis, Tennessee to Eva Parks Thompson and Leland William Thompson. Her husband of 63 years, Parkman Blake Moore, preceded her in death in 2005.
Loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she is survived by a daughter, Amelia Moore (James) Wilkes, of Dyersburg, Tennessee; a son Leland Thompson (Carmen) Moore of Mobile; and a son Parkman Blake (Janice) Moore, Jr., of Aiken, South Carolina. She leaves 6 grandchildren: Eva Marie Wilkes (Steve) Kirby of Dyersburg; Elizabeth Wilkes (Neill) Baldwin of Spring Hill, Tennessee; Leland Thompson (Lucinda) Moore, Jr., of Mobile; English Parks (Andrea) Moore of Mobile; Curry Moore (Will Price) Stahl of Mobile; and Jason Stuart Moore of Oakland, California. She also had 2 step-grandchildren, Ashley (Ken) Fulmer of Saluda, South Carolina, and Natalie (Neal) Umbarger of Lexington, South Carolina.
Mariedora is survived by 12 great-grandchildren: James Kent, Amelia Claire, and Stephen Wilkes Kirby; Allison Marie and Rachel Elizabeth Baldwin; Leland Thompson Moore, III, and Jordan Elise Moore; Hunter Parks, Alexander Edwards, and Lyons Foster Moore; Anne Hunter and Caroline Price Stahl; and 7 step-great-grandchildren.
Mariedora graduated from Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California, where she pledged Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. After her husband retired as Captain in the Navy in 1957, the family settled in his native city of Mobile. She and her family enjoyed hosting many of the America's Junior Miss Pageant contestants and kept in contact with them. She had the gift of hospitality and was known for her caramel cakes and special muffins.
An avid golfer, bridge player, and world traveler, she was a member of the Country Club of Mobile and a mystic organization. She was the last surviving Charter Member of the d'Iberville Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, twice serving as Regent. She was a devout member of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and the “Growing in Grace” Sunday School Class. She faithfully sang in the Chancel Choir over 55 years. Mariedora enjoyed participating in “Renewed Hope” and many weekly Bible studies. In 2012 she was named the church's “Honorary Steward,” the highest honor for lay members based on years of church service.
Mariedora was a member of Wimbledon Garden Club since its inception in 1958, twice serving as President. She was a Nationally Accredited Master Flower Show Judge from 1978 until becoming Emeritus in 2016. She was President of Ikebana International and long-time Treasurer. Noted for her beautiful rose garden, she grew over 100 hybrid tea roses and delighted in sharing them with neighbors, shut-ins, her church, and the Richards DAR House. For decades she returned to her home in Trimble, Tennessee, in May and October, in a car loaded with her roses for the Trimble United Methodist Church and Pierce Cemetery.
Johnson-Williams Funeral Home of Newbern, Tennessee, is in charge of arrangements. Because of the Coronavirus prevalence, a private graveside service will be at Pierce Cemetery in Trimble on November 21, 2020 at 1:30PM.The family requests that any memorials be sent to Trimble United Methodist Church, PO Box 253, Trimble, TN 38259, or to Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36604.
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