Helen Moore, age 98, of Carterville, passed away peacefully at home on February 16, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 21, 2022, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Private burial will follow. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home. **Masks must be worn inside our facility.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Helen was born July 4, 1923, in Marion, Illinois to Ernest and Mary Jack. She married Raymond R. Moore on May 8, 1943, in Marion. Her husband preceded her in death in 1970 at the early age of 52 when Helen was only 47 years old. She then began a career as bookkeeper to Dr. H.V. Fine in Carterville, later moving to Shawnee Healthcare System until her retirement in 1993.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Robert (Hobert) who died over North Africa during World War II in 1942; Murle and Earl, Harry (Helen’s twin), Jerry, Betty, Sandy and 3 who died in infancy.
She is survived by her younger sister, Ethel Bloodworth of New Burnside; daughter, Vicki (Robert) Klutts of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; and son, Michael R. Moore of Carterville. She is also survived by six granddaughters, Kristi (Roger) Randall of Ballwin, Missouri, Stephanie (Brian) Marshall of Asheville NC, Mystique, Mariah, Maya and Michelle Moore of Bakersfield California; as well as 4 great grandchildren, Jessica Randall, Tucker Marshall, Emma Marshall and Maggie Marshall.
Helen is a hero to her family. Having been a stay-at-home mom through most of her married life, she entered the workforce after her husband’s death. At that time, she also had to learn to drive and spent 52 years as a widow focusing on her family. Being from very humble beginnings, Helen was the first of her family to graduate high school and then moved from a small town in Southern Illinois to the Chicago area as an 18-year old woman during WWII. She was employed by Sears Roebuck where she commuted daily to downtown Chicago. After marrying, Helen traveled with her husband to various military stations during his WW II service.
Helen is a member of First Baptist Church, Carterville, where she taught Sunday School and Training Union during the 1960’s. She was also a Girl Scout leader. After her retirement, Helen volunteered at The Pink Geranium at Carbondale Memorial Hospital for many years.
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