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Thelma Richert Moore ’50

Thelma Richert Moore ’50 passed away Feb. 23 in Columbus. She was an artist and teacher. She graduated from Benjamin High School as valedictorian of her class, then taught school and private art lessons for many years. In 1948, she moved to Troy, where her husband Ernest was the school district superintendent. After attending summer school for several summers, Thelma graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1950. In 1954, Thelma earned her master’s degree in special education from the University of Texas at Austin. She retired in 1973 after teaching for 31 years. Thelma and her husband moved to Columbus in 1974, where she joined the Live Oak Art Center and served as president and as an art teacher for local youth. She was also an avid participant in the Art Center’s Wednesday paint group. Thelma was a member of the Columbus Garden Club and served as secretary for many years prior to being elected parliamentarian, a position she held until 2011. She was a reader and dedicated member of the Bellville Christian Science Society for many years. Thelma received more than 75 awards and ribbons for her artwork in her lifetime, including grand champion and best of show ribbons at the age of 102. Thelma’s 100th birthday was celebrated with a citywide party thrown by the Columbus Garden Club, and she received a proclamation from Governor Rick Perry for her 103rd birthday.