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Leverna Moore

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Leverna Moore
Leverna Smith Moore, 81, of Kennett, was born Nov. 5, 1927, near Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Oda Lee Smith and Hettie Ellis Smith. She passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Heritage Nursing Center in Kennett. She graduated from Poplar Bluff High School in 1945 and attended Southeast Missouri State University.

She started her career as a teacher in rural Butler County, but gave it up due to an allergy to chalk dust. She then worked as an insurance office manager and as a secretary in law firms in Poplar Bluff, Memphis, Kennett and Blythville.

In 1969 she became deputy city clerk of Kennett. In 1984 she became the first woman to be appointed Kennett's city clerk where she served until her retirement in 1999.

While city clerk she served two terms as president of the Southeast Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association.

She was leader of the Kennett Town and Country 4-H Club from 1968--1976. In 1975 she was recognized by the University of Missouri for outstanding service to youth in Dunklin County and the Bootheel.

In 1983 she was honored by the Dunklin County Sew With Cotton Program for her 10 years as chairperson of the organization.

She taught Sunday school for 50 years; 43 of them at First Baptist Church in Kennett where she was a member.

She married Walter Thomas Moore Sept. 2, 1950 and remained devoted to him through his health problems, until his death June 14, 1993.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, O.L. and Hettie Smith, and brother O.L. Smith, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Moore Sumrall, son-in-law Jim Sumrall and their daughter Marti, all of Mason, Ohio. Other survivors include her sister-in-law, Iva Jean Smith; nieces, Patti Leamon, Barbi Johnson, Becky Hayes and their families, all of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday April 11, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in Kennett with Rev. Ed Jansson officiating.

Burial will be in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Poplar Bluff.

Visitation will be held Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.

Pallbearers are Tommy Lyons, John Mallot, Steve Lightfoot, Larry Jones, John Tant and Don Collins.