Doris Stone Moore passed away peacefully in her home on Newport Avenue in Lakeland, Florida on May 18, following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family. Mrs. Moore lived a great life for over 95 years.
Doris was the first of seven children born to Thelma Cox and Marvin Donald Stone of Johnsonville, South Carolina. She grew up on the family farm in the Vox Community of South Carolina with brothers and sisters Dora, Daisy, Diane, Deloris, Donald and Doolittle.
She met her future husband Claude Richard Moore in Charleston, South Carolina during World War II. He was working at the Charleston Navy Yard and she was studying at the College of Charleston. They fell in love and were married on August 29, 1943. In time, Mr. and Ms. Moore had two sons, Claude Richard Moore Jr. and Michael T. Moore.
Mrs. Moore was a life-long career woman. She began her working life as a secretary at Wellman Lord Engineering in Lakeland, until she insisted that she could do a better job at a position she had previously trained several young men to do. As a result, she became the first woman Purchasing Agent for Wellman-Lord. In Lakeland, she would also meet her best friend in life, Frances Robson.
She later earned her Real Estate license and acquired several properties around Lakeland, which she continued to manage with her son Richard and Daughter-in-Law Annette Johnson Moore.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore remained married for 60 years until Mr. Moore’s death on April 3, 2003.
In August of 2005 she married John Johnson of Tampa, Florida and they remained happily married until Mr. Johnson’s death in February of 2008.
During her life, she travelled extensively in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and to the Holy Land. In 2019, she celebrated her 94th Birthday in Nashville, where she enjoyed America’s Country Music Capital, the Grand Ole Opry and paid homage to her favorites, George Strait and Vince Gill.
She enjoyed her memberships in the Red Hat Society and in the Lakeland Garden Club, and the many activities and dear friends at The Estates at Carpenters, where she was a founding member of the Panera Bread Breakfast Club.
Mrs. Moore is survived by her sisters Dora and Deloris and brothers Donald and Doolittle, her son Claude Richard Jr. and Daughter- in-Law Annette Johnson Moore of Windermere Florida, as well as grandchildren Melanie, Mindy, Richie and David and great grandchildren Clayton, Tyler, Addison and Nathan.
Mrs. Moore is also survived by son Michael and Daughter in Law Leslie Lott-Moore of Coral Gables, Florida and grandsons Michael Jr. and Emmett Russell Lott Moore and his wife Sarah Newberry Moore and Great Grandson Iren.
Doris Moore leaves a legacy of strength, wisdom, faith, loyalty and love for her family and friends.
We rejoice in the knowledge that she is celebrating today with her Father in heaven and all of her many loved ones who have gone before.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 2PM at Lakeland Funeral Home, with a funeral service at 3PM. Interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Heart of Gold Homecare, 2090 San Marcos Drive #171, Winter Haven, FL 33880, or Good Shepherd Hospice, 450 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823.
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