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Virginia Lee Stewart Moore

October 7, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Virginia Lee Stewart Moore passed away peacefully in her sleep after battling Alzheimer's on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Sunny Hill Care Center in Tama, Iowa where she resided for eight months. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Virginia was born on September 7, 1929 at home in Spring Valley Township the daughter of Charles Emory and Alice Marie (Clayworth) Stewart. She was the youngest of three siblings including sister Anita (Stewart) Seitsinger and Albert Stewart. She was know by her family as "Squirt" or "Ginger".

Virginia attended Spring Valley Country School through elementary school. She graduated from Lacey High School in 1947 where she was a standout student and an expert defensive basketball player. The Lacey Trojans made the girls State Tournament two of her four years. Her tenacious style of defense led her to many awards in the Chiquaqua League.

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Virginia Lee Stewart Moore

After graduating high school Virginia attended the Teacher's College at the University of Northern Iowa. There she earned her two year teaching license. She taught first grade at New Sharon Elementary starting in the fall of 1949.

On January 11 of 1951 she married the one love of her life Edwin Moore. Virginia continued teaching while Edwin served in the Army. He returned home after the passing of his father in 1953 and the two settled into their home place in White Oak Township.

Virginia and Edwin welcomed their first child, Anita Marie, on January 5, 1954. They added to their family with the birth of son, Lloyd Edwin (L.E.) Moore on June 30, 1956. Edwin and Virginia enjoyed raising their family and farming.

In 1957 Virginia taught first grade at Lacey Elementary. She was then transferred from Lacey to New Sharon where she taught first and second grade until her retirement in the year 2000 at the age of 70. She finished her career with over 45 years as a public school teacher.

Virginia and Edwin lived in Oskaloosa after moving into town from the farm in 1989. Edwin passed in 1990. After his passing Virginia continued teaching and living in Oskaloosa. In 2015 she moved to Toledo to live with her daughter Anita Marie. She was an avid high school basketball fan and enjoyed cheering on her son L.E.'s team, the North Mahaska Lady Warhawks, as well as accompanying Anita Marie and her granddaughter Allison to many South Tama County basketball games. She spent her days with her beloved cat, Thea. She also tagged along on several "girls day out" with Anita Marie and Allison.

Virginia loved her family, basketball especially defense, ice cream, music, crossword puzzles, birds, and her cats. She was a lifetime member of the Central United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa. She was a quiet, classy woman with a deep faith and dedication to those she loved.

She is survived by her daughter Anita Marie Townsley, her son L.E. (Sherrie) Moore; grandchildren Allison (Townsley) Graham (Darvin) and Ashley (Moore) Warren (Bradley); great grandchildren McLane Warren and Edwin Warren; niece Sandra Stewart Voss and nephews Emory Stewart, Alan Stewart and Steven Seitsinger. Preceeding her in death are her parents Charles Emory Stewart and Alice Marie Clayworth Stewart; husband Edwin L. Moore, son-in-law Charles Townsley; sister Anita Stewart Seitsinger and brother Albert Stewart.

Memorials may be made to North Mahaska Girls Basketball.



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