Obituary: Velma Lucille Moore
July 11, 2017
Velma Lucille Redenbaugh Moore was born May 20, 1925, at a farm near Ault to Dessie and Earl Redenbaugh. When she was 3, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where she spent her childhood years. She graduated from South High School in Omaha in 1943. She worked as a long-distance telephone operator for a year and a half before attending Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She graduated from Morningside College with a Music Education Degree in 1948. Her first teaching job was as music teacher at Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
Velma met the love of her life, Wilbur Dean Moore, while at Morningside and they were married on December 27, 1948, in Omaha. Vel and Dean had five children: Merry, Cherry, Cynthia, Thomas and Douglas. Cherry was killed in a car accident at age 2, and Vel looked forward to seeing her again in heaven when that time came. They made a permanent move to Colorado in 1954, and were residents of Craig until 1990. Vel taught 5th and 3rd grades, followed by 21 years teaching music in the Moffat County Elementary Schools. She touched many lives through her teaching and friendships while in Craig. After retirement, she and Dean moved to Loveland in 1990, where they quickly became involved members at Trinity United Methodist Church, and made many close friends through church and in their neighborhood.
Velma was known for her love for and dedication to her family, and for the way she welcomed all friends and family into their home. She was an incredible homemaker, and even during her teaching years, she sewed clothes for children and grandchildren, always had great meals on the table for family sit-down dinnertime, and loved to plan picnics and trips to the mountains to enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors. She and Dean enjoyed traveling the US after retirement and especially enjoyed connecting with family and friends as they went. She modeled her love for Christ in the way she selflessly lived her life.
Velma is survived by her husband of 68 years, Wilbur Dean Moore, children Merry (Kelly) Trujillo of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Cindy Vigil of Timnath, Tom (Shelly) Moore of Greeley, and Doug (Christy) Moore of Elko, Nevada. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents Dessie and Earl Redenbaugh, daughter Cherry Lynne Moore, brothers, Oren, Floyd and Ralph Redenbaugh and sisters, Eula and Annabelle Redenbaugh and Violet Ward.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. Interment of ashes will take place in Pipestone, MN where Cherry is buried, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
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