OBITUARY

Bertie Jo Moore

December 11, 1930June 9, 2019
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Bertie Jo Moore, 88, of Houston, Texas, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019.

She was born in Houston, Texas on December 11, 1930 to Ted Lewis Stoten and Adeline Josephine Selzer.

Bertie Jo’s careers began in the high school DECA program working at Burroughs and she began raising a family in 1950. In 1974, she enrolled in Bryman’s Nursing School and became a medical assistant working in the medical field until 1981 when she broke her pelvis. This led to her career in child care for the next 26 years beginning with her own child care business and moonlighting as a babysitter at night, then becoming a nanny for many families throughout the Houston area, and finally working at a child care center. From 2007-2009 she became the cheerful, kind greeter at Randall’s on Wilcrest.

She was a proud graduate of Reagan High School (1948), a previous member of the Greater Houston Quilt Guild for many decades and one of the “star” members of HARRA and BCRR running clubs for a decade. In 2001, she created the very exclusive “The Moore To Do Girls” of which only she and Bonnie Jo were members.

Her passions were being a layperson seamstress, hand sewing, quilting, running at Memorial Park and competing in fun runs and club races along with her daughter Bonnie Jo, playing the piano, listening to most any genre music, working crosswords, reading her Bible as well as enjoying mystery and crime fiction books, watching TV crime dramas, NFL games and NASCAR, and staying in touch with friends “the old-fashioned way”, Bertie Jo was highly creative and also had a very vivid imagination. She never lost her zeal for learning and looked forward to the weekly “classes” involving myriad subjects she and Bonnie Jo would have.

She literally lit up a room just by being there and everyone in her presence naturally gravitated towards her. She was a strong Christian woman who ministered God’s word through her actions. She always had a smile on her face, a kind heart and sweet soul. Anyone who met Bertie Jo even once had their life changed for the better. She was fiercely independent, strong willed and VERY stubborn! Her life had many obstacles and hardships but instead of complaining or making excuses, she accepted what life dealt her and found a way to move forward.

She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Bonnie Jo Barron (Paul), Grandbirds, Rissah and Micah Barron, her friend of 45 years Linda Brown (Frank, Adrian, Shania), her “adopted daughter” Susan Butcher, her dear friends Lena K.K. Kavoruis, Donna Rodgers and Sue Evans and countless friends who touched her life in unique and special ways. We want to give a special thank you to the Tallowood members who faithfully visited her, Park Manor Westchase for their care the past five-plus years and West Houston Medical Center for their efforts and care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to DePelchin Children’s Center.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Reception Friday, June 14, 2019

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Pamela Leonard

June 16, 2019

Bonnie - Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a kind and loving person. She was known as "mom" to a lot of people whose path she crossed. She will be dearly missed.

With deepest sympathy.

Pamela and Michael

Brenda Dudley

June 15, 2019

Bonnie and Paul: You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the comfort, peace, and good memories surround and sustain you.

Remember your Mommy’s favorite song “What a friend we have in Jesus and a privilege to carry everything to Him in prayer”.

Brenda and Melvin Dudley🌷❤️💐

Robin (Pinkston) Hines

June 15, 2019

Your mom was truly one of the best! My heartfelt prayers are with you. The thing I remember most about your mom was her smile. It just lit up the room. Whatever the situation, she just pushed through and kept smiling. She was so kind when I spent the night with you. Her generous heart and loving spirit was aIways evident. I was always so impressed with how organized she was! It's comforting to know she is now enveloped in God's love. Her gentle spirit lives on in you, Bonnie. Love and blessings Robin

Eric Faria

June 14, 2019

I knew I joined the right running club when I met Bonnie and Bertie. I was training for my first marathon and it was so inspirational to see Bertie running or walking on Sundays. She was a very sweet person and I will miss her. Observing the special bond between Bonnie and Bertie was also inspirational.

Rest in peace, Bertie Jo.

Lydia Nestor

June 14, 2019

I remember when you and PB moved your mom to her new home, you were so worried that she would not be happy there. In no time, she got involved, made new friends and was happy there. I know that you knowing she was happy there was a great comfort to you. And now she is in a new place... like before she is happy there. I know you will miss her, but know that heaven has a new angel and she will always be watching over you.

Katie Decker

June 14, 2019

I can hardly express how my heart breaks to know I won’t be able to visit with “Mom” and share a Mexican meal.

She will always hold a special place in my heart. Bertie Jo has been and will always be a great inspiration. She will be greatly missed.

June Harris

June 14, 2019

It’s been years since there was a Bertie sighting at Houston races; but I remember it was always so inspirational to see her and Bonnie Jo attend races together. I hope to be able to run and participate as long as Bertie. (For a very long time, I thought her name was Birdie!).

Gerardo Mora

June 14, 2019

Bertie, I know it has been a while since we've spoken to each other. I really miss our visits at the races. I've had all sorts of problems and just can't run like I use to, but seeing you those weekends was one of the many things I looked forward to. I look forward to one day hanging out with you again, but not just at the races and not just the weekends, but every day. Save me a good spot up there (well, I know they are all good spots). PS, do you think Bonnie Jo knows that I took your side of most arguments on purpose? I hope she isn't sore at me for that. You know it was all in good fun.
I will see you again some day, but not yet. Not yet.

Edward Fry

June 14, 2019

Bonnie Jo, I guess my early Sunday mornings followed a pretty tight schedule. As I would always see you and your Mom, Bertie Jo, running counter-cockwise around the Memorial Park loop. You were almost always just running past the tennis backboard as I approached the parking lot. There was great comfort in knowing all was right with the world seeing Mother and Daughter running together like that. I wish I could return the comfort to you and your family as you deal with the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful woman and I know there are so many treasured memories that you have of her that will fill your heart as you think of her. Take care! Ed

Jan Beaty

June 14, 2019

I met Bertie through Bonnie in the early 90’s, and knew her for a number of years. We reconnected in January 2017. She was a gem for sure, and always enjoyable to visit with. Routinely I received cards from her with a personalized message, recently receiving a birthday card on June 12. I was shocked to see it, as I read she passed away June 9. Inside was a loving message from Bertie which touched me. I know Bonnie probably had her write message before she began having difficulties, but I prefer to think her message came to me from heaven above. 😊💕

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