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Wilma Mae Moore

Wilma Mae Moore, age 85 of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Elm Springs, S.D., died January 26, 2009, in Sacramento.

Wilma was born April 24, 1923 in Elm Springs, S.D., the daughter of William "Bill" and Cassie (Trask) Moore. She grew up in the Elm Springs community graduating from Wasta High School in 1942.

She graduated from Black Hills Teachers College in 1952. During her college years she also taught at the South King School. Wilma taught in the area until 1954 when she moved to Alaska and was employed to teach Eskimo children as an employee of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She taught in several remote native villages where access was only by small plane, which brought in supplies every few months.

During her 20 years in Alaska, she returned often to Elm Springs to visit her family. Wilma was a great source of entertainment to all when she would show pictures and tell stories of her remote wilderness teaching experiences.

Wilma was a true pioneer lady.

Wilma's retirement years were spent in Sacramento, Calif., where she could be nearer her sister Vernita and Vernita's family.

Wilma is survived by brother-in-law Hugh Challey, nephews Don Challey, Bill (Jaimie) Challey and children all of Sacramento.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, sister Vernita and a nephew.

Graveside services will be held at the Elm Springs Cemetery, Friday, February 6, at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Elm Springs Church.

A memorial has been established to the Elm Springs community in care of the WTL Club of Elm Springs.

Arrangements are by Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com