Elkhart park dedicated to honor
Nancy Jane Ingram Moore
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[June 09, 2021]
The story was told and retold in various ways: Some people in this
life go unnoticed. In a room full of people most often it is the
children who are not noticed. Not so if Nancy Jane (Moore) was
there. She gravitated to the children and they to her. That's just
how she was. She loved children. She was always looking out for
their needs and for their happiness.
Nancy Jane Moore was the influence behind developing a park adjacent
to the old high school with trees. It has an ample pavilion and
playground equipment for children to play, get fresh air and
Late last year at age 67, Moore fell ill, not of covid but its
restrictions kept family and friends from seeing her and supporting
one another, and sadly she passed away on February 2, 2021.
On Saturday, June 5, friends and family gathered as the Village of
Elkhart dedicated the park in her name. The morning also served as a
Special guests included State Representative Tim Butler, reigning
Logan County Fair Queen Faith Doerr of Elkhart and State Senator
Moore served as a village of Elkhart trustee since 2008.
Elkhart Mayor Lyle Fout recalled with humor a few of the phone calls
he received from Moore when he took office regarding community
matters and what should be done. The first call came at a late hour
was about a broken water main downtown and Nancy Jane pressed him on
what he needed to do. As it turned out it was bogus, and she said it
was just to get him used to the responsibilities of being mayor, at
all hours of the day.
Fout tried, but said he never got her back on that prank.
It was noted that Nancy Jane spoke up for the things she believed
in, which more recently included new and better playground equipment
for the park. Mayor Fout said budget restrictions did not allow for
the equipment purchase at the time, but he committed that the
playground equipment she wanted would be purchased and added to the
park in the near future.
The Elkhart Board passed a resolution and had a beautiful new sign
erected at the park entry dedicating it in Moore's name. link to
village resolution here?
Senator Turner held Moore in high regard. She read the resolution
passed by the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives.
State resolution - Pdf
Mona Moss took charge of selecting a suitable tree to plant in
Moore's honor and the park was chosen as the site. Moss said a swamp
white oak had been selected and planted earlier this year. The oak
is known to live 300 years and get to 50 or 60 feet tall and will
fit in well with the other trees that are there. It is a full life
circle tree that will feed wild life, benefit today's families and
children, and future generations.
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Moore's son Travis,
wife Sarah and their children in the shade of the swamp white oak.
Daughter-in-law Sarah (Travis) Moore said Nancy Jane was not only a
wonderful mother-in-law, but a best friend to her from the time she
entered the family. She was overwhelmed to see how much Nancy Jane
meant to the community, and thanked the community for their
recognitions and all that has been done in her name.
One table was filled with Nancy Jane's classmates. She was their
Homecoming Queen in 1971.
Nancy Jane's husband of 48 years, Terry Moore (in the ball cap,)
thanked everyone who spoke or were part of contributing to the park,
and those who came to the dedication.
Elkhart Methodist Church Pastor Steve Lobb consecrated the day with
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