Betty Ann Moomau
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Betty Ann Moomau
She was born in Warren, Pa., on May 3, 1934, to parents, Clare Richard Carr, a U.S. Forester, and Ada Jane "Janie" Coffey Carr, who preceded her in death.
In addition to her son, Richard Cullen Moomau, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Henry F. Moomau.
Betty will forever be lovingly remembered by daughters, Sarah Jane Moomau and husband, Robert Spanswick, Petersburg, and Margaret Ann "Peggy" Moomau Lascaris and husband, James "Jimmy"; their sons, Teddy, Johnny, and Anthony, Deep Creek Lake; Amy Moomau Nemith and husband, Don "Butch", Oakland, along with daughter, Emily and her husband, Dr. Weston "Wiggy" Saunders, Clemmons, N.C.; Sue Moomau-Foundas and husband, John, Potomac Falls, Va.; one son, Eric Taylor Moomau, and his sons, Jackson and Charlie, Maysville, W.Va.; and great-grandsons Adler and Hutch Saunders, Clemmons.
Betty Ann was a longtime resident of her beloved West Virginia where she lived from two years of age in Richwood, Nicholas County, until 14 years old. Her father was then transferred to Grant County, and they made their home in Petersburg, where she resided for the remainder of her life with the exception of a few years when her husband was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, and attending West Virginia University, Morgantown.
As a young girl, she grew up within the Main Street Methodist Church in Petersburg. She became a member of Petersburg Presbyterian Church where she married and was subsequently elected to the offices of Elder and Trustee. She served the Lord she loved as a church youth group leader, a member of the choir, and a member of the worship committee and othersfor many years.
Betty was first appointed to the position of Grant County Circuit Clerk in February 1989 by Judge Reeves Taylor. She held the position through multiple elections until her retirement on December 31, 2010. She attended to the office with honesty, compassion, and integrity.
She served her community in multiple roles such as Webelos Cub Scout Troop Leader, first female board member of Potomac Valley Youth Football League, and Grant Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. She was also a director on the board of Herman Eisner Trust Foundation, Elkins, W.Va.
Her most notable role was raising her six children. Always beautiful, she lit up every shadow in their lives with her inner strength and unconditional love. She valued family above all else and strived to make holidays, birthdays, and other gatherings memorable with great food (notably the family's favorite thirty-pound lasagna), laughter, and love. She was truly an amazing mother and role model and remained active in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren's lives, right up until her passing.
She was an avid WVU Mountaineer fan and a devoted fan of the many endeavors of her grandchildren to whom she was "MiMi". She was passionate about their athletic games and other activities, and rarely missed the opportunity to watch them compete or perform. She had a special affinity for the members and coaches of the 2014-2018 PHS wrestling team and their previous participation as youth wrestlers. She rarely missed a match even when it required her to travel long distances and before each one, supplied the team with PB & J sandwiches along with batches of chocolate chip cookies. They lovingly honored her at the "Viking Smash" in 2017, which brought her great joy.
Betty loved the neighborhood, and the many children who grew up around her had a special place in her heart, along with her extended family. She loved the beach, especially the Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoyed soaking up the sun, watching her grandchildren's antics, and reading books by the seashore. She looked forward to the annual trek over to Ocracoke Island on the ferry and touring in a golf cart as children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren encircled her alongside and on bicycles until the fun ended at the local ice cream parlor. Another highlight of vacation time was playing Trivial Pursuit and a card game called "Hand and Foot" until the wee hours of the night, often littered with piles of laughter.
She spent invaluable time watching her great-grandsons; and when they were infants, her former experience made for the world's best feeder, burper, reader, and rocker one could imagine. So much love was lavished upon them by their "MiMoo." She will always be remembered for her dignity, grace, love, and devotion to her family and friends.
The family will welcome visitors from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.
Services will be conducted the following day, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at Petersburg Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ann Harrison officiating.
Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. A reception will follow after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Richard C. Moomau Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1045 North Fork Highway, Petersburg, WV 26847.
Arrangements by Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.
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