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Luvenia

Luvenia Laws Moore was born October 10, 1883 in Whitepost Virginia.  Her mother was Nancy Clayton and born in Clay Hill Virginia.  Nancy married Ralph Laws and from this union they had 12 children:  Irene, Ralph, Tom, Kattie, Mary, Azalia, Charles (half-brother), Nancy, James, Rachael, one name unknown; Luvenia was the youngest of the twelve children.

On March 4, 1893 at the early age of 11, Luvenia was baptized by Rev. John C. Newman of Freewill Baptist Church.  She was joined in holy matrimony to James Robert Moore on June 10, 1903 and to this union ten (10) children were born, i.e., nine (9) girls and onen (1) boy:  Martha, Florence, Luvenia, Elizabeth, Barbara, James, Jannie, twins Bertha and Roberta, and the youngest Mary.

At the time of her sunset, she had 15 grand children, 21 great grandchildren, and 2 great, great grandchildren.  

Both parents were devoted to their children, played games with them, told jokes and had a lot of fun at home.  They stressed honesty, work hard, be prepared for whatever life has in store in your future and not to forget religious faith.

Mama wanted the girls to learn to embroidery, cook and to sew.  She loved making beautiful quilts and designed her own embroidery work.  She was an excellent seamstress, made beautiful school clothes out of flour sacks, with the addition of lace, ribbon and bows, they were just as dressy as store bought dresses.

Mama was more into politics, Papa was more of a businessman — a lot of drive and ambition.  he was buying selling, trading, and making contracts, and hiring laborers.

Momma worshiped with various churches throughout Bakersfield until ill health confined her to bed.  Two the girls, Jannie and Bertha, her parents, and her husband preceded her in her sunset.  She left a legacy of passionate pride and determination and was a devoted homemaker.  

Momma left her earthly body on July 8, 1967 at 2 a.m. in her home after a long illness at the age of 84.


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