Mary Louise Waldron Mooring died peacefully at her home Friday, May 18, 2012, eight years to the day of her husband's death in 2004.
Mary will lie in state from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2012, at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Her burial will be private. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church.
Mary was born July 2, 1922, in Breckenridge to Arthur Burch and Minerva Alexandra Waldron. A 1940 graduate of Paschal High School, she earned a B.A. from TCU in 1944. Following graduation she married college sweetheart, Scott W. Mooring Jr. who was among the many 90-day wonders who marched off to war. Mary started teaching speech and even in the midst of World War II, her classes must have reflected her wit, humor and creativity. The end of the war brought new beginnings. Mary and Scott joined with TCU friends Bill and Genevieve Blackmon to become partners for the next 54 years in the cleaning and restoration business.
Mary walked by faith. First Presbyterian Church was blessed to have her leadership as elder, Sunday school teacher, president of Women of the Church, circle Bible leader, circle chair and chair of numerous committees.
A devout Frog fan, Mary was president of TCU Women's Exes, president of the library board and member of the Library Foundation, member of TCU's Clark Society and Britain Society, and on numerous reunion committees. Mary also served in many community organizations including the Child Study Center and The Woman's Club of Fort Worth. She loved her Monday bridge group and cherished her PEO chapter.
Mary was passionate about many things. She loved to read and was always seen with a bag full of the latest best sellers. She became well known for her book reviews and captivated her audiences with a sincere love for the written word. She was a devotee of William Shakespeare and took her grandson to Canada for Shakespeare festivals. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, a kind and thoughtful friend, and an awesome cook.
The family wishes to express special thanks to her caretakers, Dessie Houser, Wilma Ingram and Darla Musick, whose compassion and kindness made Mary's final years peaceful; for Sandy Beasley, a close friend, for the Monday Bridge group, Clara Jo Broyles, Marilyn Ross, and Rosie Woodfin who steadfastly made Mondays a priority; and nameless friends who carried Mary in thought and prayer throughout the years.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Scott W. Mooring Jr.; sister, Katheryne Wilson; and brother, A.B. Waldron and his wife, Dorothy. She is survived by her sons, Scott Mooring III and his wife, Sally, Bob Mooring, and Philip Cole Mooring; grandchildren, John Scott Mooring and his wife, Linna, Ben Mooring, Bob Mooring Jr. and his wife, Courtney, Melissa Kelly and her husband, Brian, and Kate Mooring; great-grandchildren, Connally, Georgia and Sally Ann Mooring, Webb Mooring, Matt and Davis Mooring, and Jackson Kelly.
Gifts in her memory may be given to the Scott and Mary Mooring Scholarship Fund in honor of Philip Cole Mooring at TCU, attention: Gift Planning, Box 297044, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, or First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.