"Dignity without Compromise"

Esther J. Moore

Esther J. Moore, age 84, of Morris, Oklahoma, passed away on July 2, 2007 in Tulsaís St. Francis Hospital where she had been battling an unexpected illness since Memorial Day weekend.

Esther was born in Morris on April 3, 1923, to parents John and Leona Foster. She graduated from Morris High School in 1940, and lived in Morris during most of her life.

Esther became interested in piano very early and at the age of 8, she became the pianist and organist for the Morris Christian Church where she also served for many years as a Sunday School teacher. In the 1960ís, she became a faithful choir member of the Morris Methodist Church, where she also played the piano through out her life.

During World War II, Esther worked for Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa where she worked her way from a riveter to an aircraft inspector.

Esther married Richard L. (Dick) Moore in 1946, and devoted her life to making a home for her three daughters and her husband of 53 years. As an accomplished seamstress, she spent countless hours sewing garments ranging from everyday school clothing to elegant formals, coats, and crafts. When there was a creative project to be done, whether it was baking a perfect dish or desert for a school or community project, Esther was one of the best to get the job done.

In the 1960ís, Esther enjoyed being an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Morris and she was a long time member of the Dahlia Flower Club. She also worked as the Morris City Librarian during the 1970ís. She was also a very active member of the Morris Senior Citizenís Center. One of Estherís most popular activities was extravagantly decorating her home for Halloween and making more than 500 popcorn balls each year to be handed out for trick-or-treat, for more than 35 years.

Esther has been preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dick Moore, and infant daughter, Peggy Lee Moore. She is survived by three daughters, Phyllis Hudecki and husband Norman of Okmulgee, Beverly Alexander of Perry, and Jody Simpson and her husband Don of Bartlesville; grandchildren are Stacey Herriage, Katie Faulkner, Mindy Faulkner, and Richie Alexander; one brother, Bob Foster of Tulsa, a sister-in-law, Virginia Zimmerman of Tulsa, nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends.

Services for Esther will be held at the Morris United Methodist Church at 2:00 P.M. Friday, July 6. In tribute to Estherís love of animals, the family requests memorials be sent to the Washington County SPCA in Bartlesville or the Okmulgee County Animal Shelter. Friends may visit the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Morris from 12-8 P.M. on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent at