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Georgia Jane Moore

Georgia Moore
Georgia Moore

GEORGIA JANE MOORE, HAYS

October 25, 1925 – March 21, 2024

Georgia Jane Moore, 98, Hays, died Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Trego-Lemke Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.

She was born on October 25, 1925 on a farm in Rawlins County in far northwest Kansas. Her parents, George and Edith (Kleint) Wolfram, were first-generation Americans. All four of her grandparents were born in Europe and immigrated to the United States from Austria and Germany. Georgia was the middle child of three sisters and named after her father. And like him, she was a voracious reader all her life. Together with her older sister, she took an active role in the work required to run a farming and ranching business. It was a family without sons. She said: “My sister and I were the boys, we worked with our dad.” A harvest hand once called the girls “working fools.”

Georgia graduated from Herndon High School with the class of 1943 and was the last surviving member. She and her sisters followed their aunt Alma Kleint’s example by attending and graduating from Fort Hays State. They were second-generation Fort Hays Staters. Georgia’s chosen fields were business and education, and she excelled in both. At the end of World War II, she met Ed Moore upon his return to Hays. They married in 1948 and celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on May 1, 2020. He died four weeks later.

In 1965, she and Ed Moore founded Tours International, a travel agency that they would operate for the next 50 years. This agency offered her the opportunity to become a world traveler and tour guide. She excelled in both. People appreciated the way she looked after them and cared for them when they left the United States or Washington DC for a school trip.

Her hobbies, even as a young person, included knitting and baking. Her Christmas fruitcakes were her own recipe and excellent. She continued to enjoy this pastime throughout her life.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hays. Her faith was an important part of her life. Long before she became an elder in the Presbyterian Church, she was a Sunday school teacher for elementary and middle school students. Georgia was able to live in her own home until the last four weeks of her life.

Survivors include her son Ed Moore of Excelsior Springs, MO, daughter Renee Garrett (Steve Jorgensen) of Hays, sister Lois Horner (Aubrey) of Alvin, TX, grandsons David Bendett (Amber) of Corpus Christi, TX and Greg Moore of Excelsior Springs , MO, granddaughter Rachel Moore of Fayette, MO, and great-grandchildren Tristan Moore and Cadence and Zion Bendett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a daughter-in-law Theresa Moore, a sister Anna Mae Ketterl, a brother-in-law Dennis Leitner and a great-granddaughter Eden Bendett.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Christine Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Allen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from noon on Saturday, June 1, 2024 until the time of service.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church. Services are under the care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and condolences and memories of Georgia may be shared with her family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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