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Mary Jean Moore

October 18, 1938 July 18, 2019
Mary Jean Moore
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Mary Jean Moore, age 80, of Cresco, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 18, at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, Iowa.

Jean, as she was known by her family and friends, was born on October 18, 1938, in LeMars, Iowa to Dr. Paul A. and Mary C. (Heller) Brauch. Jean grew up in LeMars, Iowa attending St. Joseph Grade School and LeMars Central High School.  Jean attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri for two years.  She then transferred to Iowa State University and graduated in 1961 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics and Textiles & Clothing Merchandising.  Upon graduation, she worked as an assistant buyer for Stix Baer and Fuller Department Store in St. Louis, Missouri.

While attending Stephens College she met H. Denis Moore and they married on June 1, 1963 in LeMars, Iowa.  Denis was the owner and publisher of the Tri County News and St. Clair Chronicle in Sullivan and St. Clair, Missouri.  They settled in Sullivan and lived there for eighteen years.  In 1980, Denis and Jean decided to sell the newspapers and in 1982 purchased the Time Plain Dealer in Cresco, Iowa.  Jean was active in helping Denis publish the newspaper.  They raised two sons and continued to publish the newspaper until selling the business in 1995. 

In 1997, tragedy struck and she lost Denis to a heart attack.  She continued forward with the support of family and many friends continuing to live in and support the Cresco community. 

Jean enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up and celebrating holidays, birthdays, sporting events, and trips with them.  The family pets were also the center of attention during these times.

Jean was very active in clubs and volunteering in the communities she lived in.  She enjoyed being away from the cold winters of Cresco in her home in Ft. Myers, Florida continuing her passions only in a warmer climate, a dream her and Denis shared up to his death.  She had many interests that she actively pursued including golf, bridge, cooking, theatre, fine dining and travel.  She achieved one of golf’s major milestones, a “hole in one”, on her birthday, October 18, 1991 taking place on hole #17 at the Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena, IL.  Golf was an activity she truly enjoyed and continued to play the game up near her death.  Family and friends were important to Jean and she continued to stay in contact with them including her college friends, the “supper club” group in Missouri, her winter friends in Ft. Myers, and the many friends she has made in Cresco community.

Jean is survived by two children, Michael (Heather) Moore, Waxhaw, NC, Mark (Kristina) Moore, Bixby, OK.  Two grandchildren, Matthew and Connor Moore, Waxhaw, NC.  A brother, Paul Brauch, LeMars, IA.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, H. Denis Moore, oldest child, Paul Denis Moore, and her parents, Dr. Paul A. and Mary C. Brauch.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Howard County, American Cancer Society, Evan Memorial Home, or Regional Health Services of Howard County.


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Visitation

Tuesday

23

Jul

9:30 AM 7/23/2019 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/23/2019 11:00:00 AM
Notre Dame Catholic Church

223 2nd Ave E
Cresco, IA 52136

Notre Dame Catholic Church
223 2nd Ave E Cresco 52136 IA
United States

Service

Tuesday

23

Jul

11:00 AM 7/23/2019 11:00:00 AM
Notre Dame Catholic Church

223 2nd Ave E
Cresco, IA 52136

Notre Dame Catholic Church
223 2nd Ave E Cresco 52136 IA
United States
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