Martha Dean MOORE
East Lawn
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA

MOORE, Martha Dean (McKinney)
Peacefully passed away in her home on Monday, November 9, 2009 in Sacramento, California. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Billie M. (Tiny) Moore, parents Dewey and Margaret McKinney, sister Helen V. Ridge and her loving son-in-law William (Skip) Van Vliet. She is survived by her children: daughters Debra M. Moore and Kimberly Van Vliet of Sacramento, son Richard D. Moore, wife Patti and their sons Jarod and Danny of Auburn, California. She also leaves her sister and singing partner Evelyn and her daughter Billie (Jaki) Wills, of North Highlands, California and sister Ruth Joyce McKinney of Carmichael. Dean and her sister Evelyn were known professionally as the McKinney Sisters and began singing on radlb station WBRC In Birmingham, Alabama when Dean was 14 and Evelyn was 12 years old. " They appeared with the Sons of the Pioneers and on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN with Eddie Arnold and Eddy Peabody, the Banjo King. After working in Chicago with the Ted Weems Orchestra they were contacted by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. During this time Dean met her husband and musical collaborator Tiny Moore, who played the electric mandolin and fiddle. Dean and Tiny settled in Sacramento and Tiny managed the Wills Point Ballroom on Auburn Boulevard. Dean and Tiny were among the founding members of the First Baptist Church of Carmichael. Dean and Evelyn frequently ministered to the congregation with songs of praise. Two LP's of sacred music were produced: "Softly and Tenderly" and "Heaven's Harmony." Dean was an unwavering presence in her children's lives and was active in the PTA throughout their early school years. She enthusiastically supported every activity that interested her children. She and Tiny entertained often with lavish dinners for friends and family. They performed as a duo joined with their daughter Kimberly and appeared at concerts and private gatherings. After Tiny's death in 1987 Dean became active in the Sacramento Western Swing Society, serving as their President for many years. Dean traveled extensively and continued to sing with Evelyn at musical festivals across the United States. Her children will remember her as an example of strength of character and wisdom, unfailing support and abiding love. She will be remembered by all for her talent, her grace, her kindness and her sweet humor. Martha Dean Moore was in all situations an impeccable lady. Services will be held on Friday, November 20, 2009, at 2:00 pm at the East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento. Reception at the Foothill Community Center, 5510 Diablo Drive, Sacramento.
Published by The Sacramento Bee on Nov. 17, 2009.
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I only met Mrs. Moore one time. She was with Cindy Walker at a CD signing at ET Record Shop in Fort Worth. I knew about her and her sister and their work with Bob Wills. She was very nice to me, posed for several photos with Cindy, a wonderful lady.
Bill :"Froggy" Worden
July 12, 2013
My name is Greg Patton and I am Dean's Nephew. I remember my cousin's Deb and Kim and Dick with great fondnes as I do their mom and dad Tiny and Dean. I used to spend a lot of time over at Tiny and Dean's house when I was just a little boy of 4 and 5 with my grandma Helen. My Mom remarried and we moved so much I lost touch with them. Probably the best memories of my life have them all in them. I would love to hear from any of them. I live in Sant Rosa CA. now and hope someone see's this and can help me get in touch with them. Thanks and god bless.
John Patton
January 21, 2010
My deepest condolences, to “Aunty Deb” and her family, in the passing of your Mom / Martha Moore. I never had the opportunity to meet Martha, she sounds as if she was an amazing and talented lady. Martha had an amazing daughter (who I have come to know and love dearly) who loves and misses her Mom dearly. Debra surrounding you with love and hugs…… you have all your memories and friends to comfort you in the coming days.
Terry (mids) Newell
November 22, 2009
So sorry to hear the news. My heart goes out to Debra and her sibling. I will always remember the kindness shown by your family.
Don Stout
November 20, 2009
Hello, My condolences go out to Dean's family, and I'm very sorry to hear of her passing. Unfortunely, I'm down with
the flu. so I won't be able to attend
the funeral services. I recall during the 70s and 80s all the good times we had playing music at The State Fair. The Sacramento Horsemens Assocation. The Folsom Jamboree to mention A few.
I sure miss those days. Ed Whitt
[email protected]
Ed Whitt
November 19, 2009
I'm so glad you were able to give her a peaceful passing and will be remembering you in my prayers.
Mona Mae
November 19, 2009
I never met Dean, but do know Debbie through our Elephant Chat Board.
Dean was a beloved mother, and she has a great daughter in Debbie (known to us as our Aunt Debbie).
My condolences to you and your family, Deb.
Hugs from Kelejan
Janice Kelley
November 18, 2009
My sincere heartfelt conlolences to the family. Dean was a lovely, talented and giving lady.
Edna Bowman
November 18, 2009
Debra, Your Mother certainly was a very active, and entertaining person, what a wonderful and interesting life you and your siblings must have had with Dean as your Mother and Tiny as your Father. Your loss is still to raw right now, but in time memories of your Mother will bring you laughter and comfort.
CJ Morse
November 18, 2009
My sincere condolences in the passing of your mother, Dean. May your memories of her, and the thoughts and prayers of so many around you, bring you and your family comfort in the coming days.
Gail Beck
November 18, 2009
My heartfelt condolences to Debra and her family in the loss of this very special lady, their mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She sounds like she was a wonderful, happy and talented lady. My family loved their western music when I was a child, and I recognize a lot of the names of her friends and coworkers. My thoughts and my heart are with you
Susan C
November 18, 2009
I am so honored to have worked with Dean on stage. Such a fine lady.
Billy Champion
November 17, 2009
My husband Joe Weed and I were privileged to know Dean. We had the pleasure of making music with both her and Tiny. Not only were Tiny and Dean outstanding musicians, they were also extremely generous and gracious. They were very happily married, and excellent role models for younger couples. Dean showed great courage after Tiny passed away, once again being an example to admire and emulate. I'll also always remember Dean's lovely voice and spunky humor. During one of our concerts in Santa Cruz, she sang "Straighten Up and Fly Right," delivered with zest -- just the way she lived her life.
Marty Kendall
November 17, 2009
Those we love never ever truly leave us, they live on in our hearts, through the kindness, thoughtfulness, tears, smiles and comfort they shared with. Father we thank you for the gift of memory that alows us hold close the ones we love, even after they are with you.
Chuck Fraser
November 17, 2009
We have lost a great lady and a friend. Thank you Dean for all your help. Jesse A. Morris
November 17, 2009
Our Condolences to the family of Dean Moore,she will surely be missed. We had such GREAT times together playing MUSIC. From Jay Riley and "The Second Shift Band". We'll meet again some day and do it all over again.
Love to All, Jay & Jetta Riley
Jay Riley
November 17, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Dean's family at this time. I remeber her as a wonderful person from Carmichael First Baptist Church.
Teresa (Parker) Waters
November 17, 2009
Stuart and Beth Williamson of Bedias, TX express our sympathy in your loss. Beth is the granddaughter of Charlie Cordelia Moore Wilkins and thus a part of the Moore family. Along with Steve Moore, Beth has done extensive research on the Moore family and would be happy to share. [email protected]
Beth Williamson
November 17, 2009
I'm just so sorry for those she left behind. My thoughts are with you all.
sydney fageot
November 17, 2009
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