Mary Lillian Moore, 91, of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, formerly of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 6:02 P.M. March 11, 2018 at River View at the Park Nursing Center in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. She was born May 27, 1926 in Pollard, Arkansas to Paul and Mattie (Hays) Griffin.
Lillian is survived by her two sons, Alven Hays of Saint Louis, Missouri and Richard King and wife, Bonnie of Saint Peters, Missouri; four granddaughters, Lisa McGregor and husband, Mark of Silva, Missouri, Barbie Bowerman of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, Angela Flieg and husband, Darren of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, and Jada Meinke and husband, Dave of Saint Peters, Missouri; grandson, Tony Nickens of Sikeston, Missouri; sister, Alma Fugate of Wappapello, Missouri; sister-in-law, Glenda Griffin of Wappapello, Missouri; brother, Sherman Griffin of McEllon, Texas; and daughter-in-law, Belinda Vaughn and husband, Larry, with whom she had a very special relationship.
Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one great grandson, two brothers, and one sister.
Lillian was first and foremost a strong, independent, self-made woman. She was raised during the depression which set the stage for her later perseverance. She was a self-employed seamstress, making everything from intricately beaded wedding dresses, to beautiful hand-made quilts, to matching outfits for her beloved granddaughters. She raised chickens for Tyson Farms for a time, and also owned nearly 100 different properties through the years which she rented out to countless families and individuals with the help of her dear friend and fellow businesswoman, Mary Ann Johnson. Lillian worked as a hair dresser and made herself into a prominent business woman in Mount Vernon. She also spent a period of her life working behind the jewelry counter at Walmart when they first opened. She lived to volunteer for many different causes and organizations and also enjoyed being a foster grandparent for city school small children. Beyond everything she did in her life, her greatest passion was her love of God and her devotion to her faith. She was a member of Logan Street Baptist Church where she served as an elementary Sunday School teacher amongst various other volunteer positions. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Hughey Funeral Home with Reverend Gary Davenport officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Memorials: Shriners Hospitals for Children