Tammy Sue (Mather) Moore, the eighth child of ten born to Virgil Everet and June Avis (Powell) Mather, was born on September 2, 1959, in Fairfax, Missouri. She entered into eternal rest on Friday morning, May 6, 2016, surrounded by her family at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa, following a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 56.
Growing up, her family lived in Tarkio, where she received her education in the Tarkio community school system. Tammy was married to Rick Richardson in 1975 and they were married until 1981. To this union, two children, Tonya and Kelly, were born. On Valentine’s Day, 1986, Tammy was united in marriage to Duane Lee Moore in Westboro, Missouri. Tammy was so pleased to be able to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this past Valentine’s Day. Following their marriage they lived in Olathe, Kansas, before settling in Shenandoah.
Over the years, Tammy worked a variety of jobs including the Missouri Beef Packers, waitressing at several restaurants, White’s Auto Parts, Price Choppers, K-Mart, The Depot Deli, and also worked as a caregiver and housekeeper for several people.
In her spare time, Tammy enjoyed browsing garage sales, collecting butterflies, and Norman Rockwell Plates and decorating her home. More than anything, she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Tammy was especially proud of her 30 years of marriage to Duane. While living in Olathe, Duane shared his love of Jazz music, which became a passion for both of them.
Preceding Tammy in death were her parents; and a niece, Stacie Knop. Survivors include her loving husband of over 30 years, Duane L. Moore of Shenandoah; daughter, Tonya Thompson and husband, Dustin, of Shenandoah; son, Kelly Richardson and wife, Crystal, of Clarinda, Iowa; two stepsons, Spoter Moore of Essex, Iowa, and Earamos Moore and wife, Megan, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six brothers and three sisters, Gary Mather and wife, Tammy D., of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Kenneth Mather and wife, Susan, of Joplin, Missouri, Virgil Lee Mather of Tarkio, James Mather and wife, Susie, of Tarkio, Phil Mather and wife, Maria, of Shenandoah, Steve Mather and wife, Barbara, of Webb City, Missouri, Marilyn Hicks and husband, Melvin, of Tarkio, June Tucker and husband, Dave, of Pueblo, Colorado, and Connie Gebhards and husband, Edwin, of Tarkio; ten grandchildren, Colton Whitehill of Shenandoah, Dakota Davis of Shenandoah, Trevor, Briar, Zoey, Remington and Ryvr Richardson, all of Clarinda, and Dryden, Treyvien and Jayden Thompson of Shenandoah; four stepgrandchildren, Damian and Draven Moore, both of Shenandoah, and Taylor and Haly Moore of Council Bluffs; and other relatives and many friends.
A memorial service was held on Friday, May 13, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Nishna Valley Funeral Home, Shenandoah. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the funeral home. Burial was held in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah. Memorials may be directed to the Tammy Moore Memorial Fund.