Ava F. Moore

1949 - 2014

Ava F. Moore came to Oktibbeha County from Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio with her family.  She opened Ava’s Monogramming Shop on West Main Street in 1986. As she had done in Ohio, she immediately became involved in organizations in Starkville including the Starkville School District’s Parent Teacher Association, the Downtown Business Association, the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Oktibbeha County Federation of Democratic Women, and leader of the Heritage Museum’s Friends of the Museum Board of Directors, to name a few.  During the 90’s she was a member of the Community Quality Council sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  She, along with Jeanne Marszalek, co-chaired the first Race Relations Committee in Starkville.  In 2014, the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors organized a Unity Park Committee to recommend changes to the existing Unity Park to make it acceptable to the citizens of our community.  Ava Moore and William “Brother” Rogers co-chaired that Committee, and under their leadership the Unity Park was renovated to be a gathering place to honor those in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, and the United States who had fought for Civil Rights.  It was dedicated on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015.  Ava Moore will always be remembered for her outstanding service to our community.