Nelwyn Dean Moore, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at her home in Norman, Oklahoma. She was born in Springhill, Louisiana and grew up in nearby Sarepta, Louisiana.
Nelwyn graduated from Sarepta High School at age 17, and attended Business School in Shreveport, LA. She worked for an office supply company and later worked for the Army Air Force, helping process the airmen’s release after WW2 had ended. After leaving her position with the Army Air Force, she worked for Sohio Petroleum Company as a switchboard operator, receptionist and secretary. Her future husband, CF, was assigned to that same office and proceeded to sweep her off her feet.
Nelwyn was married to Cleveland F Moore (CF) at her parents’ home in Sarepta on May 20, 1949.
CF was a Geophysicist whose job was to use sound waves produced by a “Doodle Bug Crew” to map the subsurface rocks in search of possible structures that would trap oil. This meant that the crew had to move around a lot. They worked near Tallilah, Port Allen, and Jennings, Louisiana; Douglas, Buffalo, Meetetse, and Basin, Wyoming; Sherman, Texas; Sterling and Fort Morgan, Colorado; Bridgeport, Nebraska (where their son Kim was born); Rawlins, Carper and Lander, Wyoming; Cleveland, Ohio; and finally, they settled in Norman, Oklahoma where she lived happily for over 50 years.
She decided to attend College at OU where she was a good student and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1967. She made Dean’s Honor List with a 3.6 grade point average and was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.
Nelwyn taught first grade at Falls School for 16 years and was selected as Teacher of the Year in Cleveland County in 1974.
Nelwyn and her husband joined the St. Stephens United Methodist Church in 1963. She was a member of the cooking committee of the Top Hill and would gather with other members once a month to eat and visit with each other. She enjoyed cooking some good food for this group.
Nelwyn and CF retired in 1981, and began to travel. They had been RV’ing for several years before they retired, however they were able to enjoy it even more after they had free time. Nelwyn was a serious fisher. They used the RV to visit fishing holes, explore the country, as well as to visit cemeteries, county history groups and county records in search of genealogy materials.
Nelwyn was a great mother to her sons. She wiped their noses or their bottoms, whichever needed it. She cuddled and loved them and occasionally whacked their bottoms when they needed it. She kept them fed and clothed and got them to the doctor when they were sick. She put on band aids for their cuts and sewed on dozens of patches for their Scout uniforms. She agreed to let them do adventurous things even though she was sure that they might get hurt. She encouraged them to take on new goals and helped them when they did. She was a wonderful joyful woman and everyone loved her.
Nelwyn was preceded in death by her parents, Archie Marian Dean and Carrie Cleo Modisett Dean.
Nelwyn is survived by her loving husband, CF, of the home; son, Kim Alan Moore and wife Marta Maurek Moore and their daughters, Kathleen and Kirsten Moore, all of Norman, Oklahoma; son, Keith Randle Moore and wife Beth Revengood Moore and their daughter, Alexis, all of Winter Park, Florida.
She is also survived by her brother, Bruce Dean and his wife Rose Mary Borland Dean of Beaumont, Texas; nephew, Kevin Dean and wife Amy Leserten Dean and their sons Mathew Dean and Benjamin Dean, all of Beaumont, Texas.