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Marilyn Sue (Susie) Green Moore, 64, passed away on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at her home in Columbia while pansies bloomed in bright sunshine in her front door garden.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, January 9th at Broadway Christian Church. This will be a time to mourn, share memories, see friends, heal our sorrow and celebrate the life of a wonderful woman.
Susie was born in Carbondale, Illinois on September 4, 1947, to Wayne and Miriam (Bramlet) Green and grew up in nearby Marion, Illinois where she had a happy childhood with family and friends.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) in Monroe, Louisiana in 1970 at a time when women pharmacists were a small minority. During her time at NLU she was a member of Kappa Delta, as well as Kappa Epsilon, a professional society for women in pharmacy. Her first position as a pharmacist was in Fort Worth, Texas, where in the summer of1971 she met her future husband, Richard A. Moore in the small pharmacy where they both worked. They were married on June 2, 1972 in Fort Worth, at University Christian Church by the Reverend Granville Walker. Soon after their wedding they moved to Lexington, Kentucky so Richard could complete 3 years of post-graduate clinical pharmacy education and training at the University of Kentucky. Then Susie and Richard moved to Houston, Texas for 5 years and then moved to Columbia in 1980. As a pharmacist, Susie was dedicated to counseling patients on their medications and she received a patient teaching award from the University of Missouri for those efforts. During her pharmacy career Susie provided pharmacist services from independently-owned pharmacies, corporate pharmacies, non-profit pharmacies and a hospital pharmacy.
One of Susie’s lifetime pursuits was singing, which served as her talent both times she was selected to participate in the Miss Northeast pageant at NLU. In her first year in the pageant she was elected Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants, which at the time was deemed a unique accomplishment for a nonresident woman from the North attending a school in the deep South. But to those who knew her, it merely reflected her warm personality that continued to win many friends over her lifetime.
Susie’s many interests included church, tennis, gardening, cooking/baking, antiques, humor, playing the mountain dulcimer, the natural world, and healthy living. However, her most notable interest was developing caring and sustained friendships and it was there that she excelled. Throughout her lifetime Susie maintained a number of close personal friendships that started in Marion, Monroe, Fort Worth, Lexington, Houston and Columbia. Susie was active for many years with the Fortnightly Club at the University of Missouri in Columbia, serving in many roles including president. Also, prior to getting married, she served as a volunteer membership recruiter for the Texas Pharmacy Association. After moving to Lexington she initiated an informal social group of women pharmacists, much to the chagrin of some of the male pharmacists there at that time. In 1971 Susie became an approved member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Perhaps the single best word to describe Susie is joyful. Her smile, good humor and enthusiastic approach to many activities were inspirational to all who had the good fortune to know her. Over many years Susie shared with both friends and new acquaintances her homegrown flower bouquets, cards and notes, gifts, stories, and laughter. Her personal handwritten notes emphasized caring, kindness, hope, love, faith and humor. She loved to take children to her garden areas to cut and arrange floral bouquets to take home. Susie’s legacy is the joy she shared with those around her.
Her 6-year struggle with cancer was tempered by her upbeat attitude and her concern for the lives of those around her. Susie always preferred focusing on others. She was loved by many and served as an inspirational role model. During her illness she received an enormous amount of love from her friends and caregivers, and for all those kindnesses the family is deeply grateful.
Susie grew up attending the First Baptist Church in Marion. After arriving in Columbia she and Richard became active members of Broadway Christian Church in 1982. There Susie served in many capacities including usher, deacon, elder, Sunday school music leader, outreach ministry, building planning, and vacation bible school. Susie was also a member of the church’s Chancel Choir for more than 25 years. She loved traditional Christian music, both formal and informal, and supported the church music program. She was a joyful Christian. Perhaps her favorite bible passage is from the prophet Micah 6:8 which says “…what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Susie is survived by her husband Richard; her older brother John Green and wife Rita of Eureka, IL; her younger brother Heyward Green and wife Marsha of Waco, TX; plus John and Rita’s daughter and son and their families.
Instead of flowers, some may want to take a friend to lunch or dinner and tell him or her the things we often think of only after someone is gone. Memorials may be designated to the Chancel Choir at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 West Broadway, Columbia, MO, 65203.