Mary Ann Montgomery Moore passed away at Maison de Lafayette on February 24, 2013 at the age of 93. Mary was predeceased by her parents Robert Wichart Montgomery IV of Quincy, Illinois and Mary Anne Hewson Montgomery of Orange, Texas, her twin brother Robert Wichart Montgomery V of Needham, Massachusetts, her brother John Montgomery of Greenville, North Carolina, and her husband Thomas Downey Moore of Baton Rouge. Mary is lovingly remembered by her dear companion Jimmy Castille of Lafayette; her daughter and son-in-law Marilyn and Mark Smith of Lafayette and their children Adam, Madelyn, and Emma Smith, all 15; her son and daughter-in-law John Robert and Kathleen Pulwers of Fredricksburg, Virginia and his son and daughter Kyle, 25, and Hunter, 17, Pulwers, also of Virginia. Mary was born in Denver, Colorado on December 24, 1919 but considered herself a lifetime resident of Baton Rouge. She graduated from Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge. She attended Louisiana State University for three years and later earned a diploma from Spencer Business College. She worked as administrative support professional in the State of Louisiana Departments of Finance and Transportation, assigned to Louisiana DOT's Project Control for most of her 31 year career as a dedicated civil servant. A master needlework artist, Mary crafted dozens of beautiful crocheted and knitted heirloom pieces, many of which are treasured and worn today in her family. She was an enthusiastic and gusto-driven cook, especially at holidays and a talented painter of both landscapes and portraits. Mary was a reverent student of Christian spirituality and consciousness, exploring ancient and emerging scriptural interpretations from many teachers and from many traditions. A Service of Celebration and Remembrance of Mary will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at 400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, LA on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3:00. Celebrant will be St. Barnabas Minister of Pastoral Care, the Reverend John Clark. Movements from Mary's and her mother's favorite Beethoven piano sonatas will be played Dr. Paul Baker. The Eulogy will be delivered by Mary's friend the Reverend Nina Russell of Baton Rouge. A reception will take follow the Service at Ramsay Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Barnabas Pastoral Care Team in honor of Mary through their website saintbarnabas.us.
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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 11 to Apr. 20, 2013