Gwen Billings Moore


Gwen Billings Moore, 86, died peacefully at her home in Ben Franklin, Texas, on June 19, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Services were conducted at the Ben Franklin United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 22, under the direction of Delta Funeral Home of Cooper, TX.

Officiating were Rev. Gary Reagan and Rev. Mona Millard. Burial was at the Ben Franklin Garden of Memories immediately following the service.

Mrs. Moore was born March 22, 1925, to Mervin Ralph and Lula Locke Billings. She graduated from Roxton High School in 1942 and attended East Texas Teachers College in Commerce, Texas. During World War II she worked at Camp Maxey. She married D.C. Moore, Jr. on March 17, 1946. They operated a farm and ranch business together until his death on February 19, 1993.

A devout Christian and active member of the Ben Franklin United Methodist Church since 1948, Gwen loved her family, her church, her community, and countless friends. She also proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Ben Franklin Garden of Memories for many, many years. Mrs. Gwen will be greatly missed by many people in many places.

Survivors include her son, Danny Moore and his wife Martha Jane of Conroe, her daughter, Jan Moore of Cooper, brothers, Kenneth Billings and wife Wanda of Paris, and David Billings and wife Nadja of Dallas; and sisters, Shirley Taylor and husband Neal, of Bonham, and Pat Tibbs and husband Ron, of Paris. Nana was blessed with six grandchildren: Brian Moore, Eric Moore, Angela Walton, Michelle Taylor, Jacy Moore, and Cy Carter, and 10 great-grandchildren. Gwen is also survived by her beloved friend and constant companion,

Bill “Sweet William” Taylor. Preceding her in death were brothers, Raymond Billings and M.R. Billings, and sister, Joy Cunningham.

Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons and grandsons-in-law.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ben Franklin United Methodist Church Building and Maintenance Fund.

Online condolences may be made at

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