Valera was born on January 8, 1922 to Arthur and Bird Aiken White in the Hagansport Community. She passed away at the Avalon House in Flower Mound, Texas on January 5, 2012, where she had been residing since April, 2011.
She had previously lived at the Mt. Vernon House and Mission Manor Nursing Home.
Services were held at the Mt. Vernon First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2012 with burial at the Fairview Memorial Cemetery in north Franklin County. Dr. Jack Wallace, pastor, officiated at the services. Pallbearers were grandsons, Jack Crutchfield, Lance Moore and Ryan Bassham and great nephews, Jace Collins and Michael Feighl and family friend, Bro. Paul Newby.
She attended Eureka School and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School. She married her special love, Lanford Moore, in July, 1941. Their early years were spent in Dallas and then Hagansport, where son, Lanny was born. They also lived in Mt. Vernon before moving to Hughes Springs where daughter Cherie was born. Valera was a happy homemaker who was famous for cooking, baking, canning from her garden and growing beautiful flowers, especially roses. She was also passionate about her handwork including piecing quilts and crocheting. She was a proud member of the Hagansport Texas Extension Homemakers and helped in many fund raisers for the community center and fire department. The family is fortunate to have either an afghan or quilt that she made for them.
She was an active member of the Terry Memorial Methodist Church and moved her membership to FUMC, Mt. Vernon when the two churches united. She enjoyed her adventures with Lanford on their dairy farm and their many trips to Alaska to visit their son. They had almost 59 years together before he passed away in February, 2000.
She is survived by her son, Lanny and his wife, Linda of Hagansport; her daughter, Cherie Bassham and her husband, Bill, of Richardson; by four grandchildren, Jack Crutchfield, Marlo Moore, Lance Moore and his wife, Angie, and Ryan Bassham and his wife, Marissa and by eight great-grandchildren: Jack, Jon and
Jordan Crutchfield, Cheyanne and Willow Smith, Ayva Moore, Liam Moore and Zoe Bassham, and a host of nieces, nephews and her special brother-in-law, Murray Collins.
Memorials may be made to FUMC, North Franklin Community Center, or Fairview Cemetery.