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Melda Lee Moore

May 25, 1918 January 22, 2010
Melda Lee Moore
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Melda Eaton Moore, 91, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Altus Friday, January 22, 2010.
Melda was born May 25, 1918 to Albert and Velma (Harrison) Eaton in Cordell, Oklahoma. She was the oldest of the three children.
She was raised in Weatherford and attended the Weatherford Public Schools. She continued her education at Southwestern State and graduated with a degree in education in 1940. Melda was a scholar student and gifted piano player. She continued to play for her enjoyment up to this past year. She was popular in high school and was voted May Day Queen. She married the love of her life, Richard Moore, in September of that same year on the campus at Weatherford. While attending college, she was voted Mrs. Southwestern, and incredibly, her husband Richard was voted Mr. Southwestern. Melda planned to teach in Clinton, but her surviving oldest son, Richard, was born and her husband transferred to Fairview, Oklahoma, to start their 50-year journey with what was to become Arkla Gas Company.
Melda was a 60-year member of PEO, President of the CM Chapter in the 1950"s, and was a 60-year member of the First United Methodist Church in Altus. She served on a number of committees and was a high school class parent in the 1950"s. Melda was also a Roadrunner in the 1970"s and was a gracious hostess for many functions through her lifetime, including the Oklahoma Arts Institute, Air Force Functions, and Arkla Gas.
Preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over fifty years, Richard, in 1991, her brother Don, and son, Steve Moore, Melda is survived by her son Richard Moore and wife Mary of Rye, New York; daughter-in-law, Nancy Moore of Oklahoma City; her sister, Phyllis Hart and husband John of Ardmore, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Scott Moore and wife Allie of Edmond, Lisa Cornell and husband Dan of San Antonio, Texas, Richard W. Moore III of Jacksonville, Florida, Katy Song and husband Ho-Shin of Mill Valley, California; two great-granddaughters, Brook Moore of Edmond and Jane Song of Mill Valley, California, and two nieces, Linda Newton and husband Mark and Rhonda Robinson and husband Kenneth, all of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the OU Foundation. The address is OU Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 26901, BRC West 1417, Oklahoma City, OK 73126. All contributions will go to the Steven E. Moore, Chair in Head and Neck Cancer.

The family will receive friends Sunday, January 24, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.

Memorial Services for Melda Moore will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 25, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Altus with Reverend David Player officiating. A family burial will be held before the service in the Altus City Cemetery.

On line tributes may b e family at

2:00 AM

First United Methodist


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