Mozelle Jones

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Mozelle (NMN) Jones, born September 6, 1901, in Austin, Texas; died June 13, 1985, in Austin. Married John Major Moore II August 24, 1921, in Marfa, Texas and divorced October 1942 in Fort Davis, Texas.  Mozelle and John had four children:  Erin Colleen Moore born November 16, 1924 in Arlington, Texas, Katherine Jane Moore (Crittendon) born November 9, 1927 in Marfa, Texas, Patricia Ann Moore (Perry) born May 18, 1932 in Valentine, Texas, and Gail (NMN) Moore (Hill/Suggs) born March 8, 1934 at the Moore Ranch in Jeff David County, Texas.

Mozelle was the sixth child of Arthur and Ella Jones. During her high school years, she went with her father on his summer evangelistic circuits. She graduated from Oak Cliff High School (Dallas) and went to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth in its early days when there were only three buildings.

As a young woman, Mozelle was a private teacher for the Clovis Moore family on their ranch near Valentine and Fort Davis, Texas. She met and married Clovis’ younger brother, John, and moved with him to the Moore family homestead ranch, also near Valentine and Fort Davis, in Jeff Davis County. For 20 years, she was a rancher’s wife and mother of four daughters, and was very active in the ranching community. Every year the family would attend Bloys Camp Meeting near Fort Davis for a week of fellowship and five sermons a day.

John Major Moore was the 9th of 12 children of Cook Moore and Lucy Terry. His mother died in a tragic accident when he was 10. The children were climbing a mountain, El Muerto, during a picnic and dislodged a rock that fell and hit Lucy on the head. She died a couple of days later. Cook Moore died when John was 26, and John took over the management of the Moore Ranch. He was a rancher all his life, at the family homestead and later near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where he lived with his second wife, Orpha Harris Schafer, and his stepdaughter, Sue Jean Schafer. He sold the New Mexico ranch and retired in Santa Fe where he died in 1972.

Mozelle and the girls lived for a year in Alpine in 1940-41 when John and Mozelle were separated. They divorced in 1942, and Mozelle moved with the girls to Austin, Texas—Colleen was a student at the University of Texas, Jane in high school, and Patsy and Gail were in the fourth and sixth grades. Mozelle’s mother, Ella Jones, came to live with the family. Mozelle worked briefly as a cashier in a Mexican food restaurant and then sold children’s shoes in the Kara-Vel stores for years long past her retirement time.

She supported with love and patience her daughters’ growing up years. She was “Mama Moore” to the large number of her daughters’ friends who came to feel the warmth of the big house at 707 Baylor. That house was a gathering place for the whole family—whether it was for a special celebration or a time when a family member needed a place to live.

Mozelle watched over her mother lovingly in “Granny’s” later years, making faithful, regular visits to nursing homes, usually taking along a grandchild or two. She had a special relationship with all her grandchildren.

When each grandchild approached his or her senior year in high school, grandmother and Colleen would take two at a time on a long summer trip—camping in Yellowstone Park or in the Virgin Islands or train trip into Mexico, and so on.

Mozelle was a faithful member of Central Christian Church in Austin. She was a supporter of the larger church and attended many conventions, even in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. She loved to travel, and usually traveled with Colleen or with church groups. She went to Europe twice, to the Caribbean, the Holy Land, and many places in the United States. She visited Sweden when Colleen was living and working there at Uppsala. When Mozelle was 75, the family gave her a 10-day trip to Hawaii and all four daughters went with her.

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