In this life, it is important for individuals to use their resources to assist others. However, Alma Lou “Lou” Moore, decided to take this a step further and use her resources to help others long after her passing.

Lou began a career in teaching in N.C. after graduating from East Carolina University, but came back to Marietta to be with her mother. Lou taught in the Marietta school system from 1960 to 1990, with a large portion of her teaching career taking place at Washington Elementary. According to her peers she was a wonderful asset to the Marietta school system.

“Lou was a wonderful teacher,” said Sally Evans, a long-time friend of Lou. “She loved to travel, volunteer, and work with watercolors. She was very creative and a dear friend to many.”

According to her obituary in The Marietta Times, Lou was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Betsy Mills Club Girls’ Board, AAUW, and the Arts and Letters Society. She also participated in Friends of the Museum, Washington County Retired Teachers, the Marietta Community Food Pantry, the Marietta Calligraphy Society, and PEO – Chapter U. She served as a Marietta Trolley tour guide and a docent at the Castle.

Prior to her passing, Lou established the ‘Alma “Lou” Moore Memorial Fund’ with Marietta Community Foundation. In her last will and testament, Lou dedicated a portion of her estate to help others in a community she deeply cared for through this unrestricted fund.

Unrestricted funds are donations given to use at the discretion of the Foundation. As needs or emergencies arise, unrestricted funds allow the Foundation to meet these needs more efficiently.

Although Lou’s fund is an unrestricted fund, she still displayed a passion for animals and women in the community. The Foundation will give $5,000 to both The Humane Society and The Betsey Mills Club in tribute to Moore’s memory.

Heather Allender, President and CEO of the Foundation, said, “Some of our donors establish funds with us well-in-advance. They do this because they have a passion for this community. The board and staff, here at the Foundation, want to honor that passion and ensure their expectations will be met, even if they are not here to see it come to fruition. We appreciate Lou and the legacy she has left behind.”

The Marietta Community Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector. Founded in 1974, the Marietta Community Foundation has grown over the years thanks to a number of generous gifts.

Unrestricted donations to assist in funding grant applications, or restricted donations to support any other local need, may be made to the Foundation by contacting Heather Allender at 740-373-3286 or