Former Riverhead resident Minnie Lee Moore died Aug. 25 in Newport News, Va. She was 80.
She was born July 14, 1930, to Howard and Hattie Wilson in Pasquotank County, N.C., where she was raised. She attended Upriver School, where she was a member of the basketball team.
She married James Moore in Elizabeth City, N.C., on Sept. 17, 1945, and the couple moved to Riverhead in 1965. Ms. Moore worked as a care attendant for Temple Israel in Riverhead for 28 years. She also worked as an assistant food service manager at the Supreme Court snack bar in Riverhead.
She was a member of Faith Way Apostolic Church in South Mills, N.C., and later of Mount Zion Temple in Roosevelt, N.Y. She also volunteered as a missionary and was part of in-home and nursing home ministries.
According to family members, Ms. Moore loved her family, enjoyed reading and traveling and was a mother to many. “She always had a warm smile and was always giving encouraging words,” they said.
Predeceased by her husband and two children, Dixie and James, Ms. Moore is survived by her children Sheila Fleming of Laurinburg, N.C., Ellie Langhorn of Newport News, Va., Cassandra Woodson, Michael and Leslie, all of Riverhead, Hilda, of Elizabeth City, N.C., Almon, of Albany, Ga., Ray, of Mocksville, N.C., and Henry, of Murfreesboro, N.C.; 42 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
Homegoing services were celebrated Aug. 29 at Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Elizabeth City by Bishop Timothy Stokley. Interment followed at Saywer Family Cemetery in Elizabeth City. Arrangements were handled by Stallings Funeral Home in Elizabeth City.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.