Viola Marie Moore

Viola Marie Moore

October 30, 1922 — April 3, 2018


Viola Marie Moore, age 95, passed from this life April 3, 2018, to join her Savior in heaven. Her grandson, Cory Moore, was there holding the hand of the “Nana” he loves so much. A celebration of her life will be held May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Buchanan West Baptist Church, Buchanan Dam, Texas.

Viola Marie was born to Finnie L. Murphy and Essie Mae (Bond) Murphy on Oct. 30, 1922, at home in Sadler ,Texas. She attended schools at Hoover, Basin Springs, and Sadler, Texas, and was a proud graduate of Sadler High School in 1939. Soon after graduating she was hired to be a clerical worker at the Pentagon. Answering the WWII call for nurses, she joined the Nurses Cadet Corps. She received her training at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman. Upon completion of her training as a registered nurse, she was sent to the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in New Orleans. While working there she met and married a dapper Gus B Moore. The young couple moved to Houston in the early 1950s, where Viola suffered the loss of her first born son, Gary, at birth. She continued to work in the VA system. In 1957, son Gus B Moore Jr. was born. The small family moved to Ingram, Texas, where Viola worked at the VA hospital in Kerrville. When the Guadalupe River swept away their backyard and the VA hospital closed, Viola transferred to the VA hospital in Temple, Texas, living near Lake Belton. There she continued to work until her retirement from nursing in 1978. Downsizing, the couple moved to Lake LBJ in 1996, where they lived within a few feet of good fishing. Viola was a dedicated Christian, caring for the elderly as well as the young in her church. She loved to sing, crochet, and fish. She was excellent at all three hobbies, but her favorite activity was taking care of her grandson, Cory Moore. Cory would then, in turn, take care of his grandmother the final years of her life
Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gus B Moore Sr.; sons Gary and Gus Jr.; sisters Edna Lorene Murphy, Mickey Jean Wood and her husband Norris Wood, and their son Kenyon Wood.

She is survived by grandson Cory Lee Moore and daughter-in-law Cyndie Townsend, both of Belton; niece Brenda Stanberry and husband Michael of Whitesboro, Texas; great nieces Angela Stanberry and Jennifer Shuemake (William); their brother Russell Stanberry (Vida); and great nephews Brent Wood (Loretta), Lance Wood (Amy) and their mother Glenda Wood. There are several great-great nieces and nephews.
Viola will be profoundly missed by all.

Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes Inc., Kingsland. E-mail condolences may be sent to

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