Grace Genearl Oswalt Moore, 88, a talented seamstress and a longtime state employee, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Morning Star Senior Retirement Facility in Billings.
She was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Huxley, Shelby County, Texas, to Joseph Littleton “Lit” Oswalt and Martha Ida Metcalf Oswalt. She was the eighth child of 14 in the family. She grew up on the family farm in East Texas.
She graduated in 1944 from Shelbyville High School with an interest in home economics. For most of her life, she sewed whatever was needed for friends and family. She also made crocheted afghans for children and grandchildren, quilted bedspreads and table runners.
She worked at the phone company as a newlywed and later with the State Board of Equalization, the Department of Revenue and then the State of Montana Liquor Warehouse. She retired after 26 years working for the same division.
She married John “Jack” Winfield Moore on Dec. 23, 1947. They lived almost all of their 66 years together in Helena. They had three children, John Douglas Moore of Helena, Jacquelyn Moore of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Carolyn Villa of Billings; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Survivors include a sister, Bernice Lowell McGee, Wretha Ann Permenter, Clemmie Ruth Dean; and a brother, Billy Burk Oswalt Windham.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Cremation & Funeral Gallery at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service at Morning Star, 4009 Bell Ave. in Billings. Inurnment will be at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.