Mollie Moorer

July 17, 1931 - August 30, 2018

Mollie Moorer

Mollie Margaret Moorer, 87, of Nederland, entered Heaven surrounded by her family on Thursday, August 30, 2018. She was born on July 17, 1931 in Waco, Texas to Bonnie Scotland Williams Workman and James Purnell Workman. She attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas and was an LVN at Spohn Hospital, a dental hygienist, an emergency room nurse, and office manager and nurse for Dr. Jack K. Taylor in Port Arthur, Texas.

Mollie was married to Hack for more than 53 years. For the most part, they were opposites — he was quiet...she was anything but quiet. She liked to watch the 10:00 o’clock news and stay up late to watch the Johnny Carson Show while he went to bed at 9:00 o’clock sharp. Naturally, they canceled each other’s votes - Mollie was a Republican...Hack was a Democrat. Hack thought dogs belonged outside and should herd cows, but Mollie believed they belonged in the house and in your lap; naturally, we had mostly house dogs. She passed her love for dogs to Karen and Karla and all three of her grandchildren. Christmas and Thanksgiving just wouldn’t complete without Nana sneaking food under the table to the chihuahuas, Bella, Emmy, and Karen’s beloved Mickey.

They spent most Friday and Saturday nights playing Canasta, Rook, or dominoes with friends and were happy having the neighbors stop by for a pot of coffee and a slice of pound cake. Mollie, like Paula Deen, believed that all good recipes start with a stick of butter — not half a stick and certainly not margarine or oleo. (This helps explain why Karla cooks with real butter, real sugar, and heavy cream.)

Mollie loved to fish whether she caught anything or not and would happily go back day after day for the sheer joy of being outside and trying. She liked to camp, mainly because that involved fishing, so we spent two weeks camping every summer—Hack helped set up camp and headed back to Nederland for his two-week vacation. She could fix almost anything, including the car, the lawn mower, and the kitchen faucet — Hack always had ‘help’. She was as comfortable with a drill and router as she was with a mixer and a waffle iron; you were just as likely to find her wielding a power tool as a whisk. When she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted for a hutch in her kitchen, she drew out the plans and built one herself. She was creative and artistic and painted ceramics, built bread boxes, restored old furniture, and decorated birthday cakes. Her favorite time of year was Christmas. It was perfectly acceptable to kick off the holiday season in October, so the Christmas season could last a full three months.

During the last three days of her life, Mollie was able to very clearly communicate two messages over and over: she loved us and she was most assuredly in the presence of Jesus.

Survivors include her daughters Karen L. Moorer of Houston and Karla K. Quinn and her husband, David of Nederland; grandchildren, Ryan Quinn and his wife, Shelby; Caleb Quinn and Abigail Quinn; sisters, Diane Boatright and Pat Thrift; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, DeWitt F. “Hack” Moorer, Jr. and her sister, Elizabeth Louise Slater.

A gathering of Mrs. Moorer’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by her funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
10:00 a.m. un til 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park
618 Block Port Neches, TX 77651

Comments (6)

  • NL

    10 September 2018 at 00:16 | #

    My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).


  • Cynthia Barnes

    03 September 2018 at 17:43 | #

    I am so sad to learn of Mollie's passing. It's hard to believe it was 35 years ago (Fall 1983) that I first met Mollie Moorer. I taught both of her daughters (from 1983 - 1986) who were working on their Business degrees at Lamar University. Both Karen and Karla were outstanding students.

    Mollie was a force to be reckoned with, to be sure. She was a mama bear protecting her cubs. She made an indelible impression on my life. She "adopted" me and through this association, I got to know her, Hack and her daughters outside of the classroom. This is a part of my life I will never forget.

    The legacy she leaves behind is knowing that her daughters, both of whom are talented, smart, and beautiful, were loved and adored by mama bear Mollie.. Karen and Karla, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Just know that she is in heaven with your daddy smiling down at you and wanting you to remember all the good times shared together. Rest in peace, Mollie.

    Dr. Cynthia Barnes, Professor
    Lamar University


  • W. J.

    03 September 2018 at 10:40 | #

    To the family:
    May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this difficult time in your lives. Those who are sleeping in death ( John 11:11) God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. ?


  • Jamie Perkins

    03 September 2018 at 02:24 | #

    Sending love and prayers to you all


  • Kim Shirley

    02 September 2018 at 19:24 | #

    I have numerous memories of Aunt Mollie from my child hood. She always told you just how it was, she never mixed words. I knew she loved us. Many times we would gather around the piano and sing. Karen would be playing some instrument and either Karla or my mother Doris would be playing the piano. I remember one time my mother wanted to know what kind of coffee creamer Aunt Molly had because it was the best she had ever tasted. It was “Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor”. We laughed so hard. Also remember the Folgers 5 lb coffee can in the car on the trips to Alabama. Karen and Karla will know what this means. Love you Aunt Mollie.


  • Salky Blair

    02 September 2018 at 14:53 | #

    Mollie was a very special lady who came along during a difficult time in my life. She was quite supportive and entertaining. Loved her and her family. Especially proud of her two beautiful daughters! Rest In Peace Dear Mollie


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