Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat


April 15, 2006

Moore was a true pioneer


Funeral services were held in the Pauls Valley First Presbyterian Church.

She had requested that her pallbearers be of the Chickasaw Nation and among them were Honorable Floyd Maytubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, and Justice Earl Welch of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Mr. Haskell Paul, great-grandson of Pauls Valley pioneer Smith Paul and his Chickasaw wife, Ellen (Ala-Teecha), gave a tribute to Mrs. Moore from memories of fellow citizens and old friends.

Oklahoma historian and author wrote an article in The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Winter 1956-1957 titled “Jessie Elizabeth Randolph Moore of the Chickasaw Nation” and some of my information has come from this tribute.

Wright commented, “Oklahoma has lost one of its best and most revered pioneer women in the passing of Mrs. Jessie R. Moore. Mrs. Moore was known far and wide over the state for her devotion and her contributions to the history of Oklahoma, which are held in high regard.”

Mrs. James Wenonah Paul Gunning, daughter of William and Victoria Paul, great-granddaughter of Ellen and Smith Paul, sent me a copy of The Journal of Chickasaw History that featured “Dynamic Chickasaw Women Past and Present” that included Jessie R. Moore.

Mrs. Gunning mentioned in her letter that her mother and Mrs. Moore were close friends and that Mrs. Moore had talked Mrs. Paul into giving her new baby girl, Kaliteyo the middle name, Mahota, from one of her Love family names.

So, thanks to Jessie Moore, Kaliteyo Mahota Paul received her middle name.

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