Valvia  Moore


Valvia "Sue" (Manning) Moore was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, on May 18, 1941, and passed from this life at her home in Alex, Oklahoma, on June 10, 2019. Sue spent her childhood on Roaring Creek near the community of Chitwood south of Alex, Oklahoma. At five years of age, she walked over a mile to school each way to attend first grade at Pleasant View, a country school near her home. Sue became the third generation of her family to attend Alex School when she started there in the second grade.
Sue made lifetime friendships at Alex School. Long before high school, she met Wayne Moore and he became the special sweetheart with whom she would live out her years.
Both Sue and Wayne graduated from Alex High School in 1958. She went on to briefly attend Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma, before it became the University of Central Oklahoma. Sue put her education on hold to marry Wayne at the Alex United Methodist Church on August 15, 1959. On August 15, 2019, Sue and Wayne Moore would have been married 60 years.
In 1966, Sue was hired to teach the very first Head Start program operated in the Alex and Bradley area. Through her work with this program, she touched the lives of many of the area's children and her memory lives on through them today.
In 1975, Sue graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, with a Bachelor's Degree in business, economics and education. She was the first of her family to graduate from college, beginning a tradition that has carried on through two subsequent generations. After graduation, she soon began teaching at Alex School and influenced more young lives in her role as business teacher, yearbook and newspaper adviser and cheerleading sponsor for eight years.
Sue had a deep affection for all her students and the Alex community where her roots date back to 1902. In 1976, she and her students were the first to paint the old Ice Box placed by her grandfather to mark Ice Box Road south of Alex, a landmark still used today. They chose the colors red, white and blue to honor the US Centennial, and Sue helped open a temporary museum honoring Alex history that same year.
During the oil boom in the early 80s, Sue left her teaching position at Alex to help Wayne run G&W Contract Pumping, the company they founded and operated until 2009. Other than brief stays in Carter and Garvin counties, Sue lived all her life in Grady County. She loved to paint, sing and play ragtime piano, camp at Lake Taylor, fish and go on adventures with her children and grandchildren in search of area history. She also loved to travel and saw Italy, England and many notable places throughout the US. Most of all, though, Sue loved family and home, and she lived just east of Alex on Highway 19 for over 50 years. She was lifelong member of the Alex United Methodist Church and was uplifted by the faith she found there.
Among those who left this life before Sue are her great-grandparents, Jasper and Nora (Trammel) Manning of Marlow, Reuben and Rosa Lee (Morris) Newport of Fletcher, Cornelius and Maggie (Grant) Godwin of Alex and Tom and Susie (O'Neal) Phillips of Alex; her grandparents, Noble Manning of Marlow, Ruby (Newport Manning) Kemp of Cyril and Emmitt and Dorothy (Phillips) Godwin of Alex; and her parents, Earl and Dorse (Godwin) Manning of Alex. Sue also marked the passing of her father-in-law, George Tolbert Moore, and her well-loved mother-in-law, Doffeene (Dutton) Moore of Alex.
Sue is survived by her husband, Wayne Moore, of the home; two children, Teresa Moore of Alex and Greg Moore and wife Tina of Shell Knob, Missouri; three grandchildren, Will Moore and Jessica (Davenport) Moreno of Alex and Annie Davenport and husband Ryan Cauthen of Norman, Oklahoma; and one great-grandson, Spencer Moreno of Alex.
Others who mourn Sue's passing include her step-mother, Alice Manning, of Fletcher, and step-sisters Vicki Middleton of Fletcher and Dee Ann Smith of Elgin; and a host of cherished cousins, extended family and friends.
Sue Moore's funeral service will be held under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home at 2:00 pm on June 14, 2019 at Alex School in Alex. She will be laid to her final rest in Godwin Corner of the old Morris section of the Alex Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sue's name to the Alex Alumni Scholarship Fund at the Alex Branch of the First National Bank and Trust of Chickasha.
Published on June 12, 2019
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Noella Wilkins Haynes
Jun 13, 2019
So sorry to hear this Wayne. My heart is heavy for you and family.. Been reminiscing with Melinda the 60th reunion last summer and the crazy funny evening on your porch especially the memories you Sue and Johnny (John Wayne) discussed of you local area of Alex.💕🙏