Mrs. Benita Kay (Black) Moore Death | Obituary – Mrs. Benita Kay (Black) Moore age 79 passed away of Galesburg, Illinois passed away at 12:00 am Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Heartland Heath Care Center.
Benita was born May 2, 1941 in Salem, Illinois the daughter of Oren and Verna (Seiber) Black. She married David G. Moore on June 19, 1966 in Salem.
Benita is survived by her husband of 54 years, David of Galesburg; her longtime friend, Ann Pennington of Galesburg who since 1975 has shared Friday night pizza with the Moores; two brothers-in-law, Kenny Moore of Virden, Illinois and Bob Moore of Jacksonville, Illinois; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Rosalie Fear.
Benita’s first eight years of education were spent in a one-room country schoolhouse with her mother as her teacher. She was the co-valedictorian of the Salem High School class of 1958. She received her Bachelor of Science in 1962 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and her Master’s degree in history from the University of Illinois. Benita taught Civics, American History and World History at Galesburg High school for 30 years, retiring in 1992. In addition to her teaching duties, she worked with some very bright and competitive students in Scholastic Bowl and was the sponsor for the National Honor Society.
While living in Southern Illinois, Benita was very involved in the Wesley United Methodist Church and its youth program. She was a member of PEO and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. After her retirement, Benita developed a passion for weaving and joined the Tromp-As-Writ Weaving Guild in Monmouth. There, her weekly weaving sessions produced baby blankets, table runners, towels, etc., many of which were customized before being proudly presented to the lucky recipient.
One of her most cherished items was a vest that she made for herself. She had a love for reading which spanned many genres. One of Benita’s greatest accomplishments was publishing the transcript of Dr. James M. Black, a civil war surgeon, titled, “A Civil War Diary.” She later donated this transcript to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Benita’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing. May his soul rest in peace.