A memorial service for Birdie Katherine (Moore) Scholz was held at Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri, on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 with the Reverend Roger Flint officiating. Birdie’s soul transitioned this life at Kabul Nursing Home on September 10, 2008 after a short illness. She will be interred in Springfield National Cemetery.
Birdie was born July 8, 1918 in Daytona Beach, Florida. She was a fourth-generation Floridian.
In 1938, she married Harold Scholz, an aerospace engineer. His engineering assignments took them to Florida, Trinidad, Georgia, Delaware and California. During World War II, she joined her husband while he was stationed in the Navy in Key West, Florida. After her husband’s retirement from Lockheed-Martin, she and Harold owned and operated an electronic communication company in Melbourne, Florida.
In 1977, they retired in Arizona where Birdie was a water-safety instructor for seniors. She also participated in the Senior Olympics and won several gold and silver medals, including a commendation from the governor of Arizona. In addition to being an avid swimmer, she enjoyed playing the organ and compiling family genealogy.
After the death of her husband in 2000, she moved to Springfield, Missouri, to be near her daughter, Janice.
Birdie was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; two brothers, William and Fred Moore; her mother, Arrie (Williams) Moore; and her father, Frederick Moore who died in a tragic accident when she was five years old.
She is survived by daughter, Janice Velsor and husband Herb of Norwood, Missouri; daughter Judy of Roswell, New Mexico; grandson Donnie of Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughter Cassandra of Monroe, Georgia; and great-grandson Colin of Rochester, Minnesota.
Birdie was christened a Lutheran but spent most of her adult life as an active member in the Presbyterian Church where her husband was also an elder.