Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat


April 15, 2006

Moore was a true pioneer

At the end of Jessie Moore’s term of office at the beginning of the nationwide depression, she was appointed to head the Women’s Division of Emergency Relief in Oklahoma County.

She had organized such a good plan it was extended over the entire state of Oklahoma and in 1933 her plan was adopted by the Federal Government and put into force nationwide.

Mrs. Moore was active in the Democratic Party and headed an Indian organization of the Party in the campaign for the election of Governor Robert S. Kerr in 1942.

In 1940 and 1944 she was elected as a Presidential Elector from Oklahoma.

For her outstanding contribution in both private and public life, Jessie R. Moore was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1937.

Moore had served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society for 37 consecutive years, contributing articles and serving as treasurer.

Jessie Moore was a member of the Chickasaw Council for many years.

Her last great pleasure and honor was when she served as an official representative of the Chickasaw nation in the ceremonies at Memphis, Tennessee dedicating the newly formed Chickasaw Wing of the U.S. Air Force on September 26, 1954.

She made the flight to Memphis in a special plane for the event with other members of the Chickasaw Governor’s party.

Her report on those ceremonies at Memphis with other notes on Chickasaw history was published in The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Summer 1955 edition. An important contribution to the Indian Nation.

Two years later in October of 1956, Mrs. Jessie R. Moore died. She was buried in the Whitebead Cemetery beside the graves of her children who had died many years prior, and her husband E.M. Moore who had died in 1925.

She was survived by her daughter Mrs. Roy Rockwood (nee Imogene Moore) of Wayne; grandson, Lewis Rockwood and granddaughter and great-grand daughter and many relatives from the Love family.

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