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Nelda Faye Meador Rawlings Moore(1932 - 2012)

Moore, Nelda Faye Meador Rawlings Of Bethany, Oklahoma, departed this earthly life on Sunday, December 2, 2012, from Dallas, Texas, for her eternal home in Heaven. Nelda was born on March 22, 1932, in Abernathy, Texas, to Rev. Amos Robert and Ruby Mayola Dickson Meador. Nelda attended schools in the Texas towns of Electra, Sweetwater, and Wellington before her family moved to Borger, Texas. It was with her beloved "49's" that she graduated from Borger High School in May of 1949. Nelda graduated from Frank Phillips College in 1951. While there, she was active in the choir, as a Plainsman cheerleader and a member of the Delta Sigma Psi sorority. Education was always an integral part of Nelda's life. In May, 1953, she graduated from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. A Masters of Education degree was awarded to her from Minnesota State University, in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1973. She was a member of the National Education Association, Oklahoma Education Association and Delta Kappa Gamma. Nelda taught school in Texas, New Mexico, New York, and Oklahoma. Her long, award-winning teaching career began in the fall of 1953 and continued until her retirement in 1993. Those 40 years as a public school teacher touched the lives of thousands of children. On June 26, 1953, Nelda married Elden E. Rawlings in Borger, Texas. This union was blessed with two sons, Michael Scott and Stephen Mark. They were the absolute joy of her life! Nelda was married again on April 24, 1993, to Ray H. Moore in Bethany, Oklahoma. In Heaven, the welcoming committee for Nelda was led by her son, Stephen Mark, her husbands, Elden and Ray, her parents, Amos and Mayola, brothers Douglas Eugene and Bobby Joe, and her sister Ruth Vermell. Also, there were brothers-in-law Bill Gasaway and Thomas Fabian, and sister-in-law Johnnie Meador Wright. Family members who survive her include: her son, Michael Scott Rawlings (Micki); grandson, Gunnar Scott Rawlings; granddaughters, Lauren Michelle Rawlings, Jessica Megan Mostaffa (Harley), Shelby Nicole Downing (Blake); daughter-in-law, Kelly Rawlings Peters; her step-children Harlan Moore (Barbi), Phil Moore (Donna), Kathy Johns (Ron) and step-granddaughter Lindsay Moore (Ken Marshall). She, also, leaves one brother, J. T. Meador (Jewel), and four sisters, Kathryn Thomason (Paul), Charlotte Gasaway, Reba Meador, and Rebekah Fabian. She had one niece, Heidi Schultz (Ken), and four nephews, Bob Meador, Gregory Gasaway, Jeffrey Gasaway (Kara), and Christopher Fabian (Kori). There were seven grandnephews, Chase (Jennifer), Austin, and Dakota Meador; Garrett, Hunter, and Hayden Gasaway; and Andrew Fabian; and two grand nieces, Moriah and Ainsley Gasaway. Her one great grandnephew was Dylan Meador. She was anticipating, with excitement, great joy and happiness, the birth of her first great grandchild, a little boy, in December. Funeral services are scheduled for 11a on Wednesday, December 5th at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service, in Bethany, Oklahoma. Visitation will be at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service on Tuesday, December 4th from 6p until 8p. Interment will be in the Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Alive in our memories.




Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 4, 2012
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