Dona Merle Moody was born December 31, 1923 in Solo, Missouri, to Jud Reed and Bertha Marie (West) Smith. She passed away at the age of 95 on July 10, 2019 at The Neighborhoods at Quail Creek in Springfield, Missouri.
Merle was the middle child of five girls. She grew up in the Solo and Elk Creek, Missouri, communities. Growing up she and her sisters were well known for their pretty looks and singing abilities. They spent many hours singing at church and other community functions. Merle also enjoyed playing the piano.
Growing up on a farm in a family of girls, she grew up doing farm chores. She said that her dad made boys out of them. She milked cows before and after school and did numerous other farm chores.
Merle graduated from Cabool High School in 1941. She married Leon H. Moody on January 27, 1946. To this union three children were born, Ron, Debbie, and Karen. Except for a short time of living in California and Chicago, she spent her life in the southwest Missouri area, mainly in Texas County.
Merle worked at The Bank of Houston and for the Division of Family Services while she and Leon were raising their family. In later years she moved to Springfield to be near her children.
Merle was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. She was known for her sweet disposition and quiet personality with a cute little contagious laugh. She always had a smile on her face. She was tenderhearted and would cry at the drop of a hat. She never complained about anything. Everyone who came in contact with her enjoyed her company and she had a way of just making you feel better. When there was work that needed to be done, Merle always jumped in and did more than her share.
Merle was a wonderful cook and homemaker. She was always in the kitchen cooking and loved for family and friends to come over and visit. She hosted many meals and get-togethers at her home and no one ever left hungry. Merle and Leon also enjoyed many card games with friends. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching “Wheel of Fortune,” and laughing at “Everybody Loves Raymond,” much of which she had memorized.
Merle devoted her life to taking care of her family. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, she always made sure her family was happy, healthy, and had everything they needed. Family always came first to her. She was truly the best in every way.
She was an excellent caregiver and when she became the one that needed the care, she was always pleasant, sweet, accommodating, and undemanding.
Merle was saved at an early age and was a faithful member of Houston First Baptist Church until she moved to Springfield, and there she attended Park Crest Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leon; her son, Ron Moody; and her sisters, Neva Shelton, Veda Spurgeon, Dorothy Andry, and Joy Wallen.
Merle is survived by her daughters, Debbie Moody of Springfield, Missouri, and Karen Moody of Austin, Texas; a grandson, Canyon Moody and wife Mandy and son Rush of Austin, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Visitation was Thursday July 18, 2019, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Evans Funeral Home with services beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel with Pastor Phillip Housley officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Gene Loge, Mike Barr, Bob White, Rob Wallen, Terry Holder, and Canyon Moody. Honorary pallbearer was Rush Moody.