Linda “The Egg Lady” Moore, of Clinton, passed away on the morning of Feb. 22, 2016, at home.
A celebration of Linda’s life will be Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. A quiet time will begin at 9 a.m., and a memorial, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating, will begin at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be directed to Weldon Springs Foundation.
Linda was the daughter of Ora and Jesse Allen Wheeler. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard "Dick" Moore, in Clinton. After Dick returned from two tours in Vietnam, they decided to tackle the adventures of a military family, and while they did live in a few boring places, most were very exciting, like Germany and Hawaii. Along the way they had a daughter, Carla, who lives with her husband, Marvin, in Washington state; and a son, Bryon, who married Paula; they both live in and work for the state of Washington.
After their children were grown, Linda and Dick lived for a while in Tennessee but eventually moved back to Washington, where Dick had retired from the Army. They returned to Clinton in 2001 and purchased their first home together, but still couldn't stay away from Washington for very long, especially since they had two greatly loved grandchildren, Isaac and Noah, Bryon and Paula's sons, to keep up with.
Sadly, it was in their 15th year back in Illinois and the day of their 50th wedding anniversary that they learned of Linda's pancreatic cancer.
Linda was a compassionate home health caregiver for a great many people. She provided them with respect and dignity while handling many of their most sensitive needs. She gave as much loving attention as she could while also being professional.
Linda was called 'The Egg Lady' because her joy and talent was egg decorating. Much like the Fabergé eggs, she would cut, paint and adorn everything from tiny sparrow eggs to melon-sized emu eggs. Most of her eggs contained lovely and intricate tableaus inside. Linda also taught classes, hoping to inspire others to take up her art form. Her eggs have been on display at the Washington State Fair and at Watkins Jewelry on the square in Clinton. Every Easter the John Warner Library would feature many of her creations.
In recent years, Linda was known to frequent the Clinton Hardee's, sparking discussion and the occasional controversy with a cup of tea and a few pilfered tater tots in hand. Comments from the Hardee's crowd touch on her voracious appetite for knowledge and how her absence had already been felt as she struggled through her chemo treatments.