Friday, December 25, 2009

Marilyn Moore

Marilyn Moore, 76, of Bellevue, went to be with her Lord on Monday afternoon, Dec. 21, after battling kidney failure.

Born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Phillip and Mildred Steelberg, Marilyn graduated from Culver Academy and went on to pursue teaching credentials at CBC in Springfield, Mo., and SCBC in Costa Mesa, Calif. After meeting Lloyd at college, they married in 1954 at Bethel Temple in Los Angeles, moved to Arizona and started a church near Phoenix. In 1965, Marilyn and Lloyd and their three sons took an extended vacation that led them through Sun Valley and Hailey, and they decided to relocate to Idaho.

Marilyn is lovingly remembered for her quick wit, tenderheartedness and gracious smile, as well as for being one of the best cooks in the West. She was treasured by many as a dear friend, and one who loved to bring comfort to others during tough times, always ready to pray for you and help you look on the bright side. Marilyn helped alongside her husband, Lloyd, as they pastored the Assembly of God church in Hailey for over 10 years, touching the lives of many.

After her children were raised, Marilyn did a variety of things, including driving school bus for the Blaine County School District for about 15 years, teaching in a local private school and in recent years working at the Blaine County Historical Museum. She loved to retreat to the mountains with the family for picnics, scenic drives and taking in the beauty of God's creation. Among Marilyn's hobbies were cooking, gardening, bowling and listening to music. Marilyn herself played the piano, and marimba, and was very skilled at playing the accordion.

One of Marilyn's greatest ambitions in life was to help people come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and to assure their heavenly destination by accepting him as their savior. Even this past week Marilyn made known to her family her earnest desire to see her friends join her in Heaven, and as result the family wishes to leave every reader with this verse of scripture held dear to Marilyn: "For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (Taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible)

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Lloyd Moore, and her sons and their wives and families, Wes and Dawn (Bellevue), Andy (Hailey), Danny and Michelle (Fairfield), David and Jill (Orange Cove, Calif.) and her daughter Rachel (Hailey). One of Marilyn's greatest joys was playing games and spending time with her five grandchildren, Clayton, Stephanie, Jordan, Wesley and Rees. At Thanksgiving, she was made aware of one additional grandchild on its way, bringing quite a smile to her face.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Wood River Assembly of God church in Hailey. Services are under the direction of the Wood River Chapel in Hailey.

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