Mattie was born the fifth child of Luther and Leila Moore, a family that grew to sixteen children. In those days, children were hands to work; now they are mouths to feed.
Luther was a farmer in Tattnall County, Ga. — a farmer who had to put up his farm as collateral to purchase fertilizer to make a crop. The depression hit suddenly and farmers with crops to sell could not find buyers. Fertilizer companies claimed the land for unpaid debts. The companies that claimed the land were also struck. They could not sell it, but had to pay taxes on it. When Mattie was a teen, her father contracted with Reliance Fertilizer Company to farm hundreds of acres. To do this, he opened a bunkhouse for workers to live. People willingly worked for little. Mattie’s sisters, Elizabeth and Claudine, met their husbands in this bunkhouse.
Mattie was reared in a large farmhouse with a kitchen that was far from the house. The kitchen was connected by an uncovered walkway. Before electricity was in rural areas, Mattie’s family bought a battery radio. Their home became the gathering place for the community to listen to the Saturday night version of “The Grand Ole Opry.” People talked about going to Nashville on Saturday night. Mattie attended school in Cobbtown, Ga.
Mattie’s mother died when she was 14 years old, and she helped raise her younger sisters and brother. She then moved to Florida where she waitressed at Pan American Air Lines and met her husband, Rodney. She married Rodney Moses on March 10, 1944 at the Rush City home of her father-in-law, M.J. Moses. A son, Harry, was born Nov. 4, 1945, and a daughter, Miriam, was born Jan. 7, 1950.
Mattie was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Elizabeth, Claudine, Evelyn, and Laura; brothers Gus and Hugh, and son-in-law Donald Hendricks.
She is survived by her children Harry (Laura) Moses, of Princeton; Miriam “Mim” Hendricks, of Wyoming; grandchildren Todd (Kathleen) Hendricks, of Stacy; Teresa Moses (Albert Torre), of Norwalk, Conn.; Tamara (Brian) Socolofsky, of Forest Lake; Nichole Moses, of Anoka; Stephanie Moses, of Coon Rapids; great grandchildren Tyler, Emma, Olivia, Isaac, Vivian; siblings Bryant (Margaret) Moore, of Savannah, Ga; Lamar Moore of Lexington, N.C., Margie Moore, of Cobbtown, Ga; Naomi Molchan, of Deland, Fla.; Marie Moore and Ellis Moore, of Augusta, Ga; John (Marcia) Moore, of Lyons, Ga.; Roger (Collette) Moore, of Claxton, Ga; sisters-in-law Lois Moses, of North Branch; Norma Moses, of Rush City; brother-in-law Adrian “Smokey” (Leora) Moses, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and many nieces and nephews.
Mattie belonged to two birthday clubs, a gardening club, knitting club, and a women’s club. She looked forward to Thursday mornings at the Quilt Shop where they would have banana bread and she would see the ladies with their quilting projects. She also enjoyed entertaining friends for dinner or going out for meals.
She loved her grandkids, and great grandkids; she was always glad to spend time with them. Making angel food cake to share with the little ones was special for her.
Mattie loved to garden, especially her roses. She was so proud of her rose bush that would be covered in flowers. She enjoyed making divinity with Jeanette, which they did twice this year. The last time at Jeanette’s home I heard that divinity was all over the place.
Mim received a phone call from her every morning at 8 a.m. to talk and share what they were going to do that day.
Pastor Laurie O’Shea officiated a memorial service for Mattie Moses at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City. Visitation was held Friday evening, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Olson Funeral Chapel. Music was provided by Dianne Kirchberg and Jennifer Hansmann. Honorary casket bearers included Lucille Ekstrand, Jeanette Frandsen, Kathryn Anderson, Ginny Thorn, Ruby Erickson and Marianne Schmitz. A spring inurnment will take place in the William Taylor Cemetery in Rush City.
Memorials are requested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Funeral arrangements for Mattie Moses (Mrs. Rodney Moses) were entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service ~ Olson Chapel. www.funeralandcremationservice.com.