Mrs. Mary Virginia Moody, age 92 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Friday, June 7, 2019 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.
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Mary was born September 9, 1926 in Towner, Colorado the daughter of the late Robert E. and Agnes (Balmer) Culver. Mary was born on the family homestead in Eastern Colorado, where her father and grandfather each farmed 160 acres with plow teams. The family lost everything when driven from Colorado by the dust bowl. They settled on a small farm outside Leasburg, Mo., and she later graduated from the nearby high school in Cuba, Mo.
Mary was married on June 7, 1946 in Cuba, Mo. to William W. “Bill” Moody who preceded her in death on October 15, 1993.
A resident of the Jefferson City area for most of her life, Mary was employed by the Missouri Department of Corrections for over 20 years. She began her career as a secretary and then worked as the administrative assistant to the Warden at the Missouri State Penitentiary until her retirement in 1985. Previously, she had been employed with McGraw-Edison for many years.
Mary was very patriotic and proud of her husband’s service to our country during World War II. She volunteered numerous hours with veteran’s groups because of those passions. Mary joined the Auxiliary of the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5 in 1991 and served in numerous capacities. She was a past president, served as Chapeau of the Eight and Forty (a prestigious branch of the American Legion Auxiliary) and volunteered with the Harry S Truman Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia representing the American Legion. She was also a member of the Amvets in Rocky Mount, Mo. where she held numerous post and state offices, including past state president.
Family was always the center of her life and she truly cherished being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. When the boys were young, Mary enjoyed fishing float trips on the Courtois Creek, Huzzah, and the upper Meramec River. Later, she and Bill had a cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks where she enjoyed crappie fishing. She took great joy cruising the long cove fishing in the paddleboat with Rosie, her beloved Shih Tzu. Some of her favorite memories were supporting and attending her sons' sporting events. Later in her life, she took great pleasure in being with and spoiling her grandchildren.
Survivors include: two sons, W. Michael Moody and his wife Susie of Anchorage, Alaska and James R. Moody and his wife Susan of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Laverne Culver of Bourbon, Mo.; five grandchildren, Christopher Moody, Ryan Moody and his wife Melissa, Kathryn Moody, Elizabeth Moody, and Sarah Moody; four great grandchildren, Samantha Moody Walker, Owen Moody, Ava Moody, and Ari James Moody; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-six years, Bill; one brother, Robert Culver; and one sister, Katherine Pierce.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019 in the Freeman Chapel with celebrant Gara Loskill officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5, 1423 Tanner Bridge Road, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.