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Funeral Services for Former First Lady Shelley Moore Begin Friday

Shelley Moore Capito

Funeral services begin Friday for former West Virginia First Lady Shelley Moore.  The family will receive visitors in the Rotunda at the University of Charleston late Friday morning.  There will also be a visitation Friday evening at a funeral home in Moundsville.

Mrs. Moore was the state’s longest serving first lady.  Her husband Arch Moore was elected governor in 1969 and served two terms until 1977.  He returned to office in 1985.

In an interview with WCHS-TV upon her return to the Governor’s Mansion that year, Mrs. Moore reflected on what it’s like to be a first lady.

“I’m basically a shy, private person and perhaps after all these years I should have overcome a lot of that. I think I have. But at first it was rather difficult to balance the family life with the political life and feel like I was giving enough time to both or either one. I do think we were able to accomplish that in bringing up our children.”

The Moore’s had three children, Arch Moore the third, Shelley, now in politics herself, and Lucy.  

Her second stint as first lady was held to one term as Arch Moore lost re-election in November, 1988.

Her funeral will be held Saturday morning at the Simpson United Methodist Church in Moundsville. 

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