Marlene S. Moore
Marlene S. Moore, of Blue Springs, MO, died Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the age of 87. Arietta Marlene Sturm was born to Merle and Opal (Logan) Sturm in Teton County, Wyoming on September 1, 1934. She grew up in Fairbury, Nebraska.
Marlene was proud but nonchalant of her own personal, professional, and educational accomplishments; it is notable that she was the first person in her farming family to attend college and earned her law degree while working full-time as a single mother of three children. Marlene was a wonderful mother, grandmother and sister. She was proud and frequently bragged to friends about the professional and educational accomplishments of her three children, their passion for education, their accomplishments, and their children.
She was a passionate pianist from an early age, being the go-to accompanist during her high school years and continuing her musicality late in life, still loving pianos, organs and hymns. She played the flute in her high school orchestra. Marlene was adventurous and a lifelong learner, with many academic achievements. In addition to being valedictorian of the Fairbury High School class of 1952, Marlene earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University in home economics, then after teaching math and science in 8th grade at Jacksonville. , Arkansas in the early 1970s, she became a house economist for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. In this work, she traveled across the state, teaching home economics (cooking, basic household finances, etc.) primarily to young and underprivileged mothers in central and southern Arkansas. She also appeared occasionally on late-night television (Little Rock Arkansas’ Public Broadcasting Service) sharing recipes on one of the earliest live-streamed equivalents of modern cooking shows, still practicing the recipes and her performance on her children.
While at the Cooperative Extension Service, Marlene attended evening law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduating in 1979. After a brief job search, in 1980 , Marlene moved her family to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she served as Assistant General Counsel for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, handling child protective services and child support enforcement matters. for children during his seventeen years in the Department.
She was an active bridge player from college until her 80s and took up new hobbies in middle age and beyond, including quilting, line dancing and Spanish lessons. Starting in the 90s, Marlene fell in love with quilting and the social outlet it provided. She enjoyed being an active member of the Kansas City Quilt Guild and the Belle Pointe Quilters Guild in Fort Smith. Her quilting friends have always been very important to her, as have trips to retreats and quilting workshops. Marlene loved learning new quilting techniques and always put something unexpected into her quilt to reflect her artistic vision. She had one of her quilts purchased as part of a historical collection while she was in Fort Smith. Marlene learned line dancing after her retirement and taught line dancing at Vesper Hall in Blue Springs. Additionally, Marlene enjoyed bird watching and traveling out of the country on expeditions to discover new and exotic birds.
In 2007, Marlene and her brothers inherited three farms in Jefferson County, Nebraska, one of which has been in the family for over 120 years. She ran the farming business for the family and loved being a farmer. Marlene has been a Christian Scientist all her life. She recently attended the Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist on the Country Club Plaza. She was also very generous, regularly making donations to underprivileged people, the church, and politicians who supported her views.
Marlene is survived by her children Chrystal (John) Shields of Blue Springs, MO, Mark (Lynn) Moore of Hanahan, SC, and Matthew Moore of NY, NY; brothers Rex Sturm of Maryland and Mike (Cheryl) Sturm of Granger, Iowa; grandchildren Kelsey Shields of West Hills, CA, Quinn Shields of Raytown, MO and Chase Moore of Huntsville, AL. She is predeceased by her beloved grandson Jackson Moore.
A memorial visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m., Saturday, January 29, followed by a 10 a.m. service, both at Speaks Suburban Chapel in Independence, MO. Online condolences can be expressed at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)
Posted on January 21, 2022
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