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Verna Deane Etheridge Moon, 93, went to meet her LORD and Savior Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Manhattan Nursing Home in Jackson, MS.
Mrs. Moon was born in Jacksonville, Texas May 23, 1919 to Barnett Etheridge and Alice Strickland Etheridge. She was a 1936 graduate of Troup High School in Troup, Texas and married her beloved husband, Robert M. Moon on August 15th of that same year. They spent their entire married life in the oil business following that industry from Houston and Corpus Christi in Texas, to New Orleans and Shreveport in Louisiana, and then on to Laurel, Mississippi. In 1959 they moved to Jackson, Mississippi where Mr. Moon and his brother-in-law Ralph Hines established Miss-Tex Oil Producers and later Moon-Hines Oil Producers. Mr. and Mrs. Moon spent the last fifty-plus years of their lives in Jackson where they were faithful members of Meadowbrook Church of Christ and continually supportive of Sunnybrook Children's Home and the oil and gas community.
Mrs. Moon was predeceased by her parents and the love of her life, her husband of 57 years, Robert M. Moon who died in 1993; beloved son-in-law William Michael Bullock; infant granddaughter Jennifer Lee Bullock; and infant great grandson William Grant Bullock. Surviving her are her brother James Earl Etheridge and his wife Frances of Tyler, Texas, daughters Betty Jane Moon Porter of Madison, and Bobbye Moon Bullock Jackson and her husband Darrell Jackson of Jackson, granddaughter Holly Porter Rose (Todd Rose) of Madison, grandson Robert Jason Bullock (Kendra Allen Bullock) of Magnolia, Texas, great grandsons Robert Austin Rose and Harrison Todd Rose of Madison, Great Granddaughters Brooke Ainsley Bullock, Emma Grace Bullock, and Claire Catherine Bullock of Magnolia, Texas, along with special sister-in-law Shirley Moon Hines and her husband Ralph Hines of Madison, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Verna Deane was a daily Bible reader who faithfully attended church her entire life. She never hesitated to place the needs of others ahead of her own, always giving generously and insisting that the rest of her family did the same. There was never any doubt that The LORD came first in her life. She left a splendid example for all who knew her to follow.
Second only to the time Mrs. Moon spent in bible study and her trust in the Great Physician was the time she devoted to the study of health and nutrition. As a breast cancer survivor of 41 years, she left behind an extensive library of health food books complete with frequently underlined passages and margin notes. Despite faithfully hearing many of her mealtime lectures on healthy eating, the rest of her family did not inherit her self-discipline and dedication to a healthy diet. Forgive us Deanie for the times we hid away eating beef, fried chicken, fried okra, white bread slathered with butter and jam, lemon ice box pie, and Bluebell ice cream! We knew she was right but we also inherited her stubborn streak!
Visitation will be held Monday, February 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 19th at 11:00 A.M. with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M. at Meadowbrook Church of Christ at I-55 and Meadowbrook followed by burial services at Highland Colony Memorial Cemetery. Dr. Jerry Neill will officiate. Memorials may be sent to Sunnybrook Children's Home or Meadowbrook Church of Christ.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Feb. 18, 2013