La Wana Moore

September 19, 1929May 15, 2018

La Wana Banta Moore, went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2018. She was born in Lamesa, Texas on September 19, 1929 to John David and Hallie White Banta.

She graduated from Lamesa High School in 1947. La Wana married Ernest Moore on September 2, 1950 in Lamesa, Texas. Later attended Hardin-Simmons University of Abilene, Texas, graduated in 1951; and received her Master’s in Education degree from Texas Tech in 1965. She taught school in LISD from 1960-1990. She enjoyed working with the youth at First Baptist Church; especially summer camps and teaching Bible studies. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Kenneth Banta, L.L. Banta, and Jennine McKee; daughters, Vivian Ann Moore and Cherie Moore Russell.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Donna Banta Lane, Mike Banta, Dennis Banta, Don McKee, Ron McKee, and Carolyn McKee and their families.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018 at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Funeral Service celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018 at First Baptist Church in the Ford Chapel with Rev. Jay Abernathy and Rev. D.L. Lowrie officiating.

Entombment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, Youth Ministry or Gideon’s International.

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  • John David and Hallie Banta, Parents
  • Kenneth Banta, L.L. Banta and Jennie McKee, Siblings
  • Ernest Moore, Husband
  • Vivian Ann Moore and Cherie Moore Russell, Daughters
  • Donna Banta Lane, Mike Banta, Dennis Banta, Don McKee, Ron McKee and Carolyn McKee, Nieces and Nephews
  • And all of their families



  • Visitation Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 19, 2018


  • Officiating

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Janice Heath Hutchens

May 22, 2018

To those family members and caretakers of La Wana Moore, I wish to express my sincere gratitude. My mother was a dear, dear friend of La Wana's for all of their married lives. Our families grew up together through First Baptist Church and so I have many, many childhood memories of La Wana and her dear family. I think I will miss her joy, her smile, and her vibrancy the most. She was truly an angel of the Lord throughout her lifetime, and I want to thank you for loving and caring for her to the end of her days. I have been blessed to have known her all of my life! Janice Heath Hutchens

Gordon Douglass

May 19, 2018

I will always remember La Wana as a lovely Christian lady with a wonderful love for everyone in her life. Her friendly personality overflowed with her Love of God. I was fortunate to be in the youth group at FBC and experience her vivacious enthusiasm for people and life.
To the family; La Wana and Ernest were tremendous role models to young people they encountered. I will always cherish the memories I have of La Wana, Ernest, Ann, and Cherie.

Gordon Douglass
Elizabeth, CO

Wiliam Deal

May 18, 2018

La Wana was truly a lady and one who projected the love of God. Working with her in the youth ministry at FBC was a great blessing. She was a lady that I learned from while working with her with youth. The youth camps was a blessing. She had a love for youth that was shown at all times and the work she did will live on in every life that she touched.

Bill Deal, Georgetown, Texas