Mary Elizabeth Moore was born in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1928 to Julius and Katie Carter. She was the second youngest of six children and was given the nick named Mae Mae by the family. The family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where Mary attended grade school. She returned to Richmond, Virginia in her teens and resided with her grandmother. While living there she was employed as a live in domestic and she often shared stories regarding various experiences she had while working as a domestic.
At the age of twenty-five, she married Charlie J. Moore on October 24, 1953 and moved to New Jersey. They resided in Newark for several months before moving to Elizabeth where they raised four daughters. Mary worked as a packer and line worker at Terry Candy Company located on Frelinghuysen Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ. She also worked for many years for the Romanowski Company located on Westfield Avenue in Roselle Park, NJ.
Mary was a very religious person and attended several churches in Elizabeth. Over the years she taught Sunday school, developed and participated in biblical skits and love gospel music. In spite of her numerous health challenges during her life, she always held on to her belief and trust in her Lord. When family members were sick, she would pray for them and be the first one to go down South to care for them.
Mary was a member of the Elizabethport Senior Citizen Group. She loved attending the group activities and going on the field trips. Many of the members of the group referred to her as Queenie or Queen Elizabeth. She was a Classy Lady with a flair for fashion and always impeccably dressed whenever she attended the Senior group or whenever she went out. She was a friendly person and love to be the center of attention. She was known to sit with young people and give them sound advise about various life issues.
Mary was proceeded in death by her beloved husband of sixty-five years Charlie J. Moore, her parents, and her five siblings. She leaves to cherish her precious memories four daughters Jumilah S. Abdul-Baatin, Sherry Flowers (Fred), Valarie Jefferson and Michelle Moore, a dear niece Selia Fillmore, a special nephew Karim Bashir, eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
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