Teacher, Genealogist Mabel Moyer Dies

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Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer

Mabel Padgett Moyer, who after a career as a teacher and media specialist found a second passion in genealogy, died April 24 in St. Augustine two weeks after suffering a stroke. She was 95.

A service of peace and resurrection will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Riverside Park United Methodist Church where Mrs. Moyer was a member for almost 90 years. She lived in Murray Hill in a house her father built in 1936 until moving to St. Augustine two years ago.

The family will greet friends in the church parlor following the service.

Born in Jacksonville in 1907, Mrs. Moyer graduated from old Duval High School before heading off to college at Florida Southern in Lakeland during the Great Depression. After a year of college, she returned to Jacksonville to work as a bookkeeper. In 1943, she joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) and served in Washington, D.C., according to one of her daughters, Karen Fleming of St. Augustine.

"After World War II, mother met my father at a USO dance at Camp Blanding," Fleming said. "They were married and my sister and I were born and our parents moved to Gainesville so both could attend the University of Florida on the GI Bill."

Mrs. Moyer obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida. …