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Mrs. Dawn "JoAnne" Moore (née Cranford) died peacefully in her home on October 1, 2017, in Alvarado, TX, at the age of 82.
JoAnne is survived by her husband of 63 years M.J. "Jack" Moore, daughters Lisa Moore (husband Chris Bennem) of New York, Shelly Moore Culbertson of Alvarado, Karen Moore Larson (husband Don) of Dallas, and son Kevin Moore (wife Jessica) of Alvarado, many grandchildren, sister Terrel Lynn Osborne of Carlsbad, NM, and brother Jack Cranford (wife Susie) of Bryan, TX. She is preceded in death by mother Dorothy Colleen Hale and brothers Jerrold Ray Cranford and Monta Dale Cranford.
JoAnne was born on February 26, 1935, in Grandfield, OK, to Dorothy Colleen (née Tice) and Melvin Ray Cranford. JoAnne graduated in 1955 from Amarillo College and St Anthony's Hospital School of Nursing, receiving her license as a Registered Nurse. That same year she married the great love of her life, Jack Moore of Mobil Oil and M6 Ranch in Alvarado.
Her generosity of spirit, her capacity for caring, her deep reservoir of faith, and her commitment to the healthcare profession made her an innovator in the field of elder care in Texas. She served on the state board for the Texas Nursing Home Association for many years and pushed continually for modernization and improvements in services. Running three nursing homes in the Alvarado-Burleson-Kennedale area for over thirty years she was a three time president of the Tarrant County Nursing Home Association. A devoted mother to her children, she was a source of joy and wisdom, visiting and staying to provide extra care and support with the birth of each new grandchild.
A dedicated member of the Alvarado First Baptist Church, she was an active choir member for many years and found a home there in a community that would provide constant love and support especially these last years.
A viewing has been scheduled at Vaughn Funeral Home (200 East Patton Avenue, Alvarado, 76009) on Friday, October 6, from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 7, at First Baptist Church of Alvarado (207 US-67) at 10:00am. Lunch will be served in the Hospitality Room at the First Baptist Church of Alvarado at 12:00pm. All are welcome.
Published on October 4, 2017
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