Martha H. Moore joined the Church Triumphant as she passed away in a local hospital on Sunday, December 9, 2012. She was 84 years old. She was born in Houston, Texas on May 11, 1928, the only child, of E. E. "Bill" Hurt and Ethel Wheeler Hurt. As a child, the family moved around, her father working as a draftsman, a railroad conductor and as a petroleum landman. They settled in Dallas where she attended and was graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School at the age of 16 due to the accelerated academic schedule caused by WWII. She entered the University of Texas at Austin where she received a BA in Math. While a student she met and married her husband of 49 years, W. Ross Moore Sr. The couple moved to San Antonio and then to Midland in 1951 where she resided until her passing. She had four children and actively participated in their sports and Scouts. Martha was active in the early development of Westminster Presbyterian Church which is now Trinity Presbyterian Church. As her children grew older and began leaving for college, she began to substitute teach for Midland ISD. As a math teacher, she was quickly hired as a full time teacher. For three summers she attended Midland College and Angelo State College to obtain her permanent Teacher's Certificate and taught 22 years at Alamo Junior High. At Alamo she was instrumental in developing the gifted and talented program and for many years sponsored the "Math Counts" team that excelled at several state tournaments. During this time, she and her husband made many road trips to attend UT football games and a reunion of the 92nd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force in London, England. After retiring, she was an active member of several local associations where she held most positions from President down. She was a member of the Midland Association of Retired School Personnel and the honorary teachers sorority Delta Kappa Gamma where she helped start the "Storybook Christmas" program that annually gives a free book to every first grader student in Midland County. Her other groups included the Midland Society of University Women and the Midland Woman's Club. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one son, Stephen. She is survived by her son, Ross Moore Jr. of Midland; daughter Kathy Moore and husband Dave Cavanaugh of Sagamore Hills, Ohio; daughter Sara Moore of Lubbock, Texas and very special friend Cindy Jones of Lubbock, Texas. She also will be missed by her grandsons, Travis Fears and wife Tiffany Dempton and Paul Fears and fiancée Christa Seligman. Her sharp wit and organizational skills will be missed by her many friends, as she "ran the world" on the telephone from her own kitchen. Her family will greatly miss their very loving and caring mother and grandmother, Services are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11th. The funeral service will be at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2800 W. Louisiana, on Wednesday, December 12, at 1:00 p.m. Graveside services will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Dec. 11, 2012