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Frances Elaine Moss
Frances Moss, 93, of Horse Cave, passed away Monday, January 11, 2016, at The Medical Center at Caverna. She was the daughter of the late Henry C. (Cap) Moss and Denta Bunnell Moss.
She was a lifelong member of the Green's Chapel Church of Christ, having been baptized in November, 1931. She was a member of the Kentucky, Fourth District, and Hart County Retired Teachers' Associations, having taught for a total of 35 years at Glendale, Memorial, Southern, Valley and Caverna High Schools, She had served as officer of all the retirement organizations.
Following her retirement, she wrote and published four books, all on local history: Eyes of Brown, Eyes of Blue, The Spirit of Memorial; Hardyville, a Big, Little Town, and History of Hart County Retired Teachers. She was known throughout the area for her musicianship.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three older siblings and their spouses: Athyoline Moss (Elwood), W.W. Moss (Christine), and Charles Moss (Irene); a great nephew, Steven Cook, two nephews in law and a niece in law, Roy Avery, James Robert Logsdon, and Gayle Farmer Moss.
She is survived by two nieces: Joyce Moss Cook (Botts), Peggy Sue Avery, two nephews, William H. Moss (Helen), and Terry Wayne Moss, 10 great nieces and nephews, 14 great- great nieces and nephews, 3 great- great- great nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Winn Funeral Home with Bro. Ben Shropshire officiating. Burial will follow in Horse Cave Municipal Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 4- 8 p.m. at the funeral home and continue on Thursday from 9 until the time of service.
Miss Francis Moss was a special lady to us all. She was genuinely interested in spiritual things. As children my brother and I were often taken to Vacation Bible Studies at Green's Chapel by this beloved lady. Seeing her interest when I attended Gospel meetings there was inspiring. Then when I was grown and began preaching her encouragement impact my lifemore than words can express. Her words helped me to see that my life could make a difference as I preached the truths she had been instrumental in teaching me. She was a great teacher, not only in the classroom, but ithroughout her life. Though she has passed from this life, she "yet speaketh." She was among my beloved mother's best friends. Our family was blessed by this spiritually minded lady. She will be missed!
Micky Galloway Jan 26 2016 12:00 AM
I was in Miss Moss's class in 1958-59 class. She was so sweet. I made my best grade in her class. I still have my test paper with my best test grade on it after 57 years. Thanks for the memories.
Dorothy Cunningham Lamkin Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM
I am saddened to read of the loss of the best teacher I ever had. I graduated from Valley High School in 1971, and one of my fondest memories was of Miss Moss as my English teacher. She had such a warm, yet demanding, way of teaching, and I owe her a debt of gratitude that cannot be fully explained. Although I chose a career in accounting, she gave me skills in grammar and writing that helped me perform such tasks from that point on to an excellent degree. Her encouragement and care was so evident, even to a young man in an era that was beginning to disparage authority at every level. She was steadfast in her care for us as students and as maturing individuals. I can still remember one story I wrote in her class and how she guided me to complete what she considered a good work. I also remember her giving me credit for reading War and Peace as part of our book reports. She wrote the nicest note to me in my senior yearbook, which I treasure to this day. We even corresponded after I finished school, and yet, my biggest regret is that I did not continue that. I am so grateful for her spirit, and I am sure she blessed many, many people in her full 93 year life. What a tribute to humanity you were, and are, Miss Moss! Bless you and all those around you. You will be missed.
Michael Markiewicz Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM
I have known Frances since sometime in the 30's. She and my brother (Ray) were in the same class at Memorial High School. She visited with us on our farm a number of times. Then she showed up as my Senior Class teacher (again at Memorial) in 1943. She became known by me as "Hey You" (an inside joke).
We kept in touch over the years, and my wife and I visited with her many times when we came to visit family in the area. We loved her and will miss our calls and her cards and letters. We know she has gone to a better life and we also know that we will see her again some day soon. We extend our sympathy to her remaining family members.
Boyce Buckner Jan 13 2016 12:00 AM
May God have mercy on her Soul & may she rest in Peace!
She wrote in my year book that she enjoyed having me in study hall some times and that I was a nice person. I'm 74 & I remember her to this day.
She lived a good long life.
Frank Groves (Class of 59) Jan 13 2016 12:00 AM
What a wonderful teacher and friend. She was my English teacher and chorus teacher at Caverna. She loved teaching and she loved her students as we respected and loved her for caring about us. She will be missed.
Temisha Bybee Denison Jan 13 2016 12:00 AM
TO THE FAMILY OF MISS FRANCES MOSS,I STARTED CAVERNA HIGH SCHOOL IN 1972,THE SAME YEAR MISS MOSS STARTED TEACHING THERE.MISS MOSS WAS A STRICT TEACHER,IF YOU DID NOT WANT TO LEARN OR IF YOU DISRUPTED CLASS YOU WERE ASK TO LEAVE.AND I WITNESSED THAT HAPPEN ON ONE OCCASION.SHE WAS A VERY GOOD TEACHER,SHE WANTED YOU TO LEARN.I SPOKE WITH MISS MOSS A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO AT THE NURSING HOME.WE TALKED ABOUT OLD TIMES AT CAVERNA HIGH,ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAD PASSED OVER THE YEARS.I WISH I HAD BEEN ABLE TO SEE HER AGAIN,SHE WILL BE GRATELY MISSED
BLL SIRLES Jan 12 2016 12:00 AM
Miss Moss taught me English, at Valley High School, in 1960-61. She provided me with the skills needed to write research papers (we called them "term papers," back then), which served me in good stead when I went on to college and graduate school. But, best of all, she instilled in me an abiding love for Shakespeare. We all resisted memorizing those lines from Hamlet and Julius Caesar; but I can still recite them today, 55 years later. As I come to the end of my career as an attorney, I have the warmest of memories for Miss Moss. She was the best teacher I ever had, and I wouldn't have made it this far without her influence. May she rest in peach.
Thomas McAdam Jan 12 2016 12:00 AM
To the Family of Miss Moss - I was her student as a senior at Valley High School, Class of '61. She was one of the very best teachers I ever had, and I thank her every time I put pen to paper - she gave me a real understanding of grammar. Condolences to her family - she definitely left her mark on the world - I only hope someone will be able to say the same of me when I pass. You have my deepest sympathy.
Barbara Kittel Horn Jan 12 2016 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to the family of Miss Moss. She was by far the best teacher I ever had. I was a senior in her English class at Valley in 1961. I have often thought of her fondly over the years as I would write a paper or edit one. To this day I can not read a newspaper or a magazine without mentally editing it. Correct grammar was so thoroughly ingrained in me with her wonderful teaching. May God richly bless your family as you grieve her loss and celebrate her life.
Melissa Crompton Baker Jan 12 2016 12:00 AM