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Moore, Vera


Vera Moore

Services: Have been held.

Mrs. Vera Juanita Pickens Moore, 88, of Albuquerque, a longtime resident of New Mexico and Texas, died Friday, July 18, 2003, at Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque.

She was born Aug. 3, 1914, in Lorraine, Texas, to the Rev. Finus Roden and Vera Costin Pickens.

She received a bachelor’s degree from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. She married Don W. Moore in 1934 in Abilene. She taught school for 15 years in Hereford and 10 years in Portales and Clovis. During her career she was a strong literacy advocate, helping organize the first International Reading Council in eastern New Mexico. In 1975-76 she was named Teacher of the Year by the Hereford Independent School District. They moved to Espanola after her retirement in the late 1970s. In 1985 they moved to Albuquerque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Finus Roden Pickens Jr.; a sister, Mary Byrd Christopher; and a son, Larry Don Moore.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Pickens Moore of Gallup and Cyrus Moore of New York City; two daughters, Sandra Starr of San Francisco and Amanda Moore of Santa Fe; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a brother, the Rev. James T. Pickens of Abilene, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Manzano del Sol Good Samaritan Village Alzheimer’s Care.

Arrangements are by Metropolitan Direct Burial and Cremation Center of Albuquerque.


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