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Mary Goza Moore

September 8, 1919 — January 5, 2015

Mary Louise Goza Moore of Atlanta, Georgia died Monday, January 5 of pneumonia. She was born at home in Stone Mountain on September 8, 1919 to Raymond and Alice Brownlee Goza. The middle child, she grew up with her two sisters, Evelyn and Lorraine. The girls were accustomed to hard work, helping their parents farm for a living. She married her high school sweetheart, William Amos Moore, in 1937, the same year she graduated from high school in DeKalb County. Their daughter Patricia Yvonne Moore was born at home in Stone Mountain two years later.

When the United States entered World War II, the couple went to work for the Bell Bomber plant in Marietta until Mr. Moore entered the Navy. In 1946, their son Victor Rodney Moore was born at Emory University Hospital. In 1950, Mrs. Moore put her great aptitude for math to good use when she went to work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the Accounting Department. A proud and loyal employee of the paper until her retirement in 1984, she was a regular attendee at Twenty-Five Year Club celebrations for many years.

Mrs. Moore enjoyed her vast vegetable garden at the farm in Lithonia where she lived for nearly fifty years. Long before the phrase was popular, farm to table was the norm in her home, where she prepared delicious Sunday and holiday dinners for family and friends. Her biscuits were legendary, and she continued cutting her own grass until her mid-seventies.

A faithful Methodist most of her life, Mrs. Moore was an active member of Rock Chapel United Methodist Church, until she moved to Wesley Woods at Emory in her eighties. During her time at Rock Chapel, she was called upon to serve as church treasurer repeatedly and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary, serving multiple years as president. Through her work with the Auxiliary, she supported the Methodist's Children's home in Decatur. After moving to Wesley Woods, Mrs. Moore, "joined up with the Presbyterians" at Decatur Presbyterian Church, where her great-grandchildren were active.
Mrs. Moore is survived by her son, Victor Moore, her daughter-in-law, Constance Moore, her grand-daughters, Elizabeth Webb and Diana Tallent, her sons-in law, David Jones and Harold Tallent, and her great-grandchildren, Jake and Caitlin Tallent and Nancy and Michelle Jones. Sadly, her daughter, Pat Moore Webb Morris, passed away from esophageal cancer a week prior to her death.

The memorial service will be held at Decatur Presbyterian Church at 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 30030, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015. For those preferring to make a donation in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to support research on esophageal cancer to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Write "Mary Moore-Esophageal Cancer Research" on the memo line, and the family will be notified of each donation.

Funeral Home:
A. S. Turner & Sons
2773 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

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205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

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