Margaret (Peggy) Wade Moore, 92, a long-time resident of Gainesville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 3, 2017.
Peggy was born in rural Washington County, Mississippi, the fourth of nine children. She graduated from Hollandale (MS) High School in 1943. During WWII, Peggy attended nurses’ training at King’s Daughters Hospital in Greenville, MS, while her beau, Cleon Stevens Moore, was stationed in Pantanella, Italy, with the 780th Bomb Squadron, US Army Air Corps. After Victory in Europe Day was declared in 1945, Cleon returned to the United States, and the couple was married at Gulfport (MS) Air Base on August 20.
Throughout their marriage, Peggy and Cleon resided in many locations, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, California, and Saudi Arabia; however, most of their years were spent in Tampa, Merritt Island, and Gainesville. The couple moved to Gainesville in 1981 and was active in Westside Baptist Church for more than 30 years. Peggy especially enjoyed the Jeremiah Bible Class.
Peggy was an avid gardener and manicured her own 1-acre yard and flowerbeds until she was in her late 80s. She enjoyed sewing, corresponding with friends she made throughout her travels, and teaching Bible classes to children. Peggy enjoyed traveling, and her favorite destination was Israel. Cleon died in 2013 after 67 years of marriage to his wartime bride. Peggy moved to Dallas, Texas, in 2016 to live with her daughter.
Peggy is survived by her three children: son Richard and his wife Linda Moore of Gainesville; daughter Sandra and her husband Terry Kite of Gainesville; and daughter Cheryl and her husband Seth Hewitt of Dallas. She is also survived by two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville. Interment will follow at Forest Meadows, Central.
Friends who wish to make a gift in memory of Peggy can send it to: House of Hope of Alachua, Attn: Her Hope, PO Box 12113, Gainesville, FL 32604.