Melinda Sue Moore

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Melinda Sue Moore, 52, of Knoxville passed away June 16, 2019 at the Comfort House Hospice in Pella. A celebration of life was held Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Columbia United Methodist Church in Columbia. Family received friends Thursday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Memorials are requested to the Columbia United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Melinda Sue Moore was born September 1, 1966 in Pella, Iowa to Clarence and Verna (Kincaid) Douglas. She was raised in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1984. She was married to her best friend and partner, Joe Moore, on June 30, 1984. Melinda and Joe had an amazing relationship. They grew up together and made a wonderful life with their three children: Lindsay, Cory, and Luke.
She loved being a stay at home mom raising her children. Melinda started working at the Montgomery Street Preschool when Luke started there; she continued working as a Teaching Associate first at North Star Elementary and then the middle school and high school. She was passionate about helping her students and very much-enjoyed working with the special needs students. She had a great relationship with her students as their friend and advocate. She continued this work until 2015.
Melinda loved holidays, but nothing compared to Christmas, and preparation for that began in October. She loved baking cookies, breads, cakes, pumpkin bars, and making jellys and jams. She was a great cook as well, and always had home cooked meals for her family. A favorite was her beef and noodles, which was often requested for birthday dinners. Small gatherings always turned into large family events, full of food and laughter.
Her home on the farm was her favorite place. She loved her flower gardens and helping Joe can vegetables, having a bonfire and s'mores was a perfect summer evening. Ten years ago she became a grandmother; it was truly her greatest joy. She loved to have them all at her house and it was her job to spoil them.
Melinda will be deeply missed by her parents: Clarence and Verna Douglas; husband, Joe Moore; children: Lindsay (Matt) Caster, Cory Moore, and Luke (Alex Larson) Moore; 7 grandchildren: Karsen, Teaghan, Dax, Marlie, Kyler, Paislee, and Ayda; siblings: Randy (Tracy) Douglas, Sherry (Mike) Goff, and Craig (Jennie) Douglas; father and mother-in-law: Bob and Leta Moore; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
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Published on June 24, 2019
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