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Elizabeth "Sissy" Lance Moak, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, February 20th at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 22nd from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church Jackson. A service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church Jackson, with burial at Lakewood Memorial Park following the service.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer J. Lance, Sissy was born in Montgomery, Alabama on July 27, 1922. They moved to Oklahoma City, where she and her brother, Jack, lived for ten years. After her father died in an automobile accident, her mother moved the family to Ackerman, Mississippi. Mrs. Lance passed away two years later. Sissy was then raised by two foster aunts: Mrs. Tom Webb of Ackerman, and Mrs. W.M. Baker of Jackson.
After graduating from Ackerman High School, Sissy moved to Jackson and attended Belhaven College and Bob Jones College. She was employed as a secretary in the Plant Department at South Central Bell.
She met Paul Greer Moak at First Baptist Church Jackson shortly before World War II. They wrote letters and saw each other as his service demands allowed. After the war, the Moaks married in 1946 in the Baptist Church in Ackerman. A silk parachute obtained by her brother, Jack Lance, who served in the Air Force during World War II, was used to make Sissy's wedding gown.
The Moaks made their home in Jackson where her husband worked in the automobile business. They raised three sons. The family was actively involved in First Baptist Church Jackson. Sissy taught Sunday School, was Prayer Chairman of the WMU, a Cradle Roll Visitor. She held Children's Bible Club in her home. In addition, Sissy was a member of the Stitchery Guild and several Bible clubs, including the P.A.T.H. Bible Study.
After 55 years of marriage, Sissy was preceded in death by her husband. She was also preceeded in death by her only brother, Jack Lance, and her great-grandson, Hudson Scarbrough. She is survived by her three sons, their families, and sister-in-law: Paul G. Moak, Jr. (Jeanne), David Lance Moak (Mary Jane), and R. Alan Moak (Pat); four grandchildren: Jeanne Moak Scarbrough (John), Paul Greer Moak III (Talitha), R.A.Moak, and Christopher Moak; and four great-grandchilren: John Moak Scarbrough, Jacob Montgomery Scarbrough, Paul Greer Moak IV, and Tennessee Elizabeth Moak. Her sister-in-law is Micah Lance of New York, New York.
In great appreciation, the family would like to thank Annie Coleman, Francis Scott, Patricia Carter, Annie Robbins and Patricia King for their wonderful care of Sissy in her last years. Memorials can be made to the WMU of First Baptist Church Jackson, P.O. Box 250, Jackson, MS 39205 or to the Paul G. Moak Scholarship Fund c/o Mississippi College, Box 4051, Clinton, MS 39058.
Published in Clarion Ledger from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2013