Elizabeth Gerretje “Liz” Derksen Moore, 84, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at her home, after a long genetic nerve illness.
Born near South Vienna Feb. 2, 1929, she was the eighth child of the late Peter Derksen and Anntje Mooy Derksen, immigrants from the Netherlands in 1913.
Elizabeth graduated from Zanesfield High School. Late in World War II, she worked in a mapping department for the Air Force in Dayton. Later she worked for the McCall Printing Corporation in Dayton and operated a small office printing press.
In 1947, she studied home economics and education at Miami University in Oxford for one year and followed this with one year at OSU.
On Dec. 18, 1949, she married Donald Paul Moore Sr., whom she met at McCall Corporation. This led to nine years of child bearing, the yield was eight healthy children. She was president of the 9th Avenue Elementary School PTA in Columbus from 1956 to 1957 and was very active in their events.
About 1963, after all the children began attending school, she began a career of seamstress work, first with puppets for Lucy’s Toyshop of Columbus television fame. Later she worked with two drapery companies in Columbus. About 1979, her nerve disease set in and she had to give up seamstress work, (and driving).
In 1972, she visited Hawaii with her oldest daughter Anne, and her sister Jennie. There she flew to the volcano and walked on the hot lava. At the hotel she heard Don Ho sing Tiny Bubbles. In 1977, she toured Europe with husband Don and sister Jennie. There she met her Dutch relatives and viewed the Netherlands. She took a boat ride up the Rhine and saw the Alps. She visited the Coliseum and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. She visited the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre in Paris.
She was baptized as a child at the New Salem Church in Jefferson Township near Zanesfield. While her children were in their school years, the family was active in Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Grandview Heights. Elizabeth was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts there.
She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years and all her eight children, Elizabeth Anne (Wesley) Cox, Donald Paul Moore Jr., Dora Darlene Mann, Peter John (Karen) Moore, William Walter (Susan) Moore, Richard Roland (Terri) Moore, Norman Eric (Carol) Moore and Emily Rose (Kevin) Solon; 24 grandchildren; two adopted grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Peter and Hendrik; four sisters, Nellie, Jennie, Vrouke and infant Anna. Only brother Jacob Derksen and sister Winhold survive.
Pastor John Williams officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Fairview United Methodist Church near Rockbridge, (800 feet northwest of the intersection of Route 33 and Route 180). After the church service, the pallbearers will transport the casket some 300 feet northwest through the graveyard to the gravestone and interment site. After the ceremony, a dinner will be served for the family in Pickerington to be arranged by daughter, Emily Solon, (614) 537-1109.
Calling is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Roberts Funeral Home, 60 W. Hunter St., Logan, OH 43138, (740) 385-2627.
Express condolences at www.robertsfuneralhomelogan.com.