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Zelma Lorene Hamilton Moore


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Zelma Lorene Hamilton Moore Obituary
Lorene was born in Santa Rosa, NM, to Virgil and Zelma Hamilton on February 22, 1918, and passed away on January 11, 2011, just 6 weeks before her 93rd birthday. She grew up in Willard, NM, where she met and married Bennie F. Moore on September 29, 1934. After owning and operating a cattle ranch near Vaughn, NM, for 10 years, they sold and moved to Tucumcari, NM.
When they moved to Tucumcari, they bought a farm and Bennie went to work for the Tucumcari Light and Power Plant. Lorene started her Playland Kindergarten. She operated her kindergarten for about 3 years while Bennie worked at the light plant and farmed.
While their children were still small, Lorene and Bennie bought a motel in Tucumcari and named it the "Flying M Motel". They did a world of work on it before they sold it in 1952. After the motel was sold, Lorene worked different jobs over the next several years. She worked at Erskins Dry Goods, at the Tucumcari Gas Company, and the Tucumcari Daily News.
She was a member of La Espranza and loved making clothes for the doll they raffled off every December. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and studied with Vera Murphy during the years the Rev. Miller Murphy was pastor. Lorene raised two children, Gerald and Sharron Moore. She was very proud that she sent them both to college. Gerald attended UNM on a philosophical writing scholarship and Sharron attended UNM on a music scholarship.
After Bennie retired from the Power Plant, he took a job with Pacific Coast Architects and Engineers and was sent to Viet Nam for his assignment as a civilian advisor to the military. Bennie ran the light and power plants in and around Saigon for over 2 years before his assignment ended.
After Bennie was settled in Saigon, Lorene took her granddaughter, Lisa, and flew to Viet Nam to be with him, where they lived for a year and a half. She studied Vietnamese and visited many Pagodas. She was an avid reader and loved to learn.
They moved back to the states for a while and then moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, where they lived for about 3 years. After Mexico, they settled in South Texas and finally built and lived in a cottage in Port Isabel, across the causeway from South Padre Island. Lorene had many good times there. Riding on the beach in the jeep, swimming and fishing. She loved the water and the sand.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie F. Moore, in 2006. Lorene moved back to Tucumcari in 2006 to live closer to her daughter.
Survivors include a son, Gerald Moore and wife, Joyce, of Hudson, NY; a daughter, Sharron and her husband, Dr. Bernard Fitzner, of Amarillo; four grand children and seven great grandchildren. Lorene also enjoyed the company of 3 step grandchildren and 3 step great grand children from her daughter's marriage to Dr. Bernard Fitzner.
Lorene remains have been cremated at her request and will be scattered over the Hill Country in Texas according to her wishes. Her Memorial will take place at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 2:00 pm. All who knew her are invited to come and share refreshments and fellowship following Lorene's service.
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