Mary Helen Moore

Mary Helen Moore

Mary Helen Moore, 83, of Arcadia, Fla., and formerly of Jonesboro, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at DeSoto Memorial Hospital in Arcadia, Fla. 

She was born on Sept. 29, 1936, in Jonesboro, the daughter of John Henry and Freddie Kathryn Stroehlein Whiting. 

She married James L. Moore on Oct. 21, 1956, in Cobden. Together they shared 63 years of marriage. 

Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband, James L. Moore of Arcadia, Fla.; a son, Jerry Lee (Christie) Moore of Bradenton, Fla.; a granddaughter, Beth Ann Myers of Anna; two great-grandchildren, Chad Wayne Myers Jr. and Olivia Ann Myers, both of Anna; a sister, Kay (Roger) Peterman of Greenwood, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Alsy Singleton of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Charles (Patti) Moore of Sikeston, Mo.; nieces Kim Singleton of Louisville, Ky., and Tonya Monnier of Indianapolis, Ind.; nephews Keith Peterman of Louisville, Ky., and Aaron Moore of Cape Girardeau; several great-nieces and nephews; cousins Jimmy (Sue) Whiting of Seminole, Fla., John Stroehlein and family of Houston, Texas, Pam Strohmeier and family of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., Greg Whiting and family of Atlanta, Ga., and Randy Whiting and family of St. Petersburg, Fla.; other relatives and many friends. 

She had a beloved dog, Tinker Bell.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Henry Whiting; her mother, Freddie Kathryn Stacy; her stepfather, Bob Stacy; and  a nephew, Tim Singleton. 

Mrs. Moore helped to organize the Welcome Wagon in Union County after she and her husband Jim moved to Jonesboro in 1968. 

In the early years of her career she worked as a bookkeeper for her father at Union Tire Service and the Anna State Bank. She also worked as a beautician with her mother at her beauty shop in Cobden. 

After moving to Nashville, Tenn., years later she worked for Opryland Hotel and later retired from Camping World as a bookkeeper. 

Mrs. Moore enjoyed traveling with her husband, James; together they visited many different places throughout the country. They were always telling stories and making new friends wherever they went.  

She was a talented painter and decorator. She was hard working, working side by side with James on the countless remodeling and home projects they did together over the years. 

Visitation for Mrs. Moore will be from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Interment will be immediately following in the Jonesboro Cemetery.  

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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