, Muskogee, OK


March 11, 2014

Helen Dean (Johnston) Moore


Helen Dean (Johnston) Moore, 84, longtime resident of Gore, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 with her family by her side.  Helen was born March 9, 1929 in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma to James Marion and Erma Eula (Bray) Johnston.  She grew up and attended school in Gore and graduated as Valedictorian with the class of 1949.  After finishing high school, she furthered her education at Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma.  

On June 25, 1945, Helen married the love of her life, Roy Monroe Moore, at the Tahlequah Cherokee Courthouse.  They celebrated almost 69 years of marriage.  To this marriage, they were blessed with five children, of whom she was very proud and loved very much.  Her children fondly remember what a strong and smart mother she was.  Helen enjoyed cooking and her family recalled how she could make a big dinner out of very little groceries.  

Helen's family remembers her as a determined and hard working woman and mother.  They remember how she helped build a home, built her sons a bathroom, rode horses with her husband and also enjoyed crocheting and painting.  She was very talented at many things.

She was a very active person.  Helen's professional career started early when she went to work for her father in his grocery store and then at Cawhorn's Grocery Store both in Gore.  After college she then went to work for the Gore Post Office and later became the U. S. Postmaster in Gore, from which she retired after 30 years of service.  She was very civic-minded as well being involved in the Lion's Club and the Scissortail Art Club.  For many years Helen was an active member of the Methodist Church in Gore.  She sang in the choir and was very involved in many activities of the Church.  Helen spent many hours teaching her kids how to play the piano and sing.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, G. D. Johnston, James U.L. Johnston, and Lee Roy Johnston; her sisters, Rubye (Johnston) Riley, Virginia (Gena) (Johnston) Whisenant, and an infant sister, Jewell Johnston; and a granddaughter, Nikole (Williams) Baker.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Monroe Moore of the home; her children, son, Roy Monroe Moore, Jr. and wife, Patrycia of Muskogee, daughter, Paula Kathleen (Moore) Thouvenel and husband, Marvin of Sallisaw, son, Sammy Joe Moore and wife, Pauline of Skiatook, daughter, Barbara Ann (Moore) Allen of Oklahoma City and son, Tony Lee Moore and wife, Jan of Tulsa; her Grandchildren, Roy Monroe Moore III (Trey) and wife, Linda of Newburgh, IN, Traci Lynn (Moore) Greer and husband, Kenny of Muskogee, Bryan Thouvenel and wife, Jymi Lynn of Gore, Paige (Thouvenel) Tolbert and husband, Trent of Ft. Gibson, Travis Moore and wife, Char-Leigh of  Tulsa, Malea (Moore) Gordon and husband, Don of Tulsa, Matthew Moore and wife, Brandi of Owasso, Brent Moore of Jacksonville, FL, Melanie (Williams) Robbins and husband, Brandt of China, Jill (Williams) Jones-Parra and husband, Hermes of Tulsa; her fifteen great grandchildren, Tyler, Rachel, Alex, Jack, Sally, Bryson, Nash, Nicolas, Jeremiah, Annie, Luke, Ava, Annistyn, Xander and one to be born the end of March; her sister, Barbara (Johnston) Warren of Tulsa; and numerous other members of the family.

Memorial Services will be Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, with Reverend Wendell Cox officiating.  A private family interment service will follow at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home.  Condolences may be made to the family online at

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