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Marlys Gene Moore

d. January 15, 2021

February 28, 1931 ~ January 15, 2021


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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

3:00 – 8:00 PM

Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc.

Harlan, IA

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

10:30 AM

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Harlan, IA

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Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA


Husband – Loyal Moore of Harlan, IA

2 Sons – Kevin (Kerry) Moore of Overland Park, KS

David (Lynn) Moore of Rogers, AR

1 Daughter – Kristine (Paul) Larsen of Elk Horn, IA

1 Sister – Eileen Kittleson of Saint Ansgar, IA

11 Grandchildren – Heather, Aaron, Adam, Evan,

Kyle, Bryan, Stephany, Kimberly,

Kelly, Michelle, Madison

9 Great-grandchildren

4 Great-grandchildren due in 2021

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Marlys Gene Moore was on born February 28, 1931, to Adolph Edwin and Marion Geanatte (Nelson) Jahr in Mitchell County, Iowa. She attended country school until sixth grade, and then finished high school in St. Ansgar, Iowa, in 1948. She attended the LaJames College of Hairstyling in Mason City, Iowa, and began her career at a beauty shop in Osage, Iowa. After a year, she opened her own shop, Marlys’ Beauty Salon, in St. Ansgar.

On October 18, 1952, Marlys was united in marriage to Loyal Harold Moore in Mona, Iowa. To this union three children were born. Marlys sold her beauty shop and settled into raising her children. She and Loyal built homes in Garner and Emmetsburg, Iowa, before moving to Harlan, Iowa, in 1969 when Loyal became principal of the middle school. Marlys was very active in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, participating in the circles and teaching Sunday School. She was also a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader. Marlys was very stylish and she found working at Morey’s Clothing in Harlan was a great fit for her.

Marlys loved sewing, quilting, and knitting. Her grandchildren will cherish the afghans and baby blankets she knitted for them, their babies, and future babies. Marlys and Loyal were avid golfers and enjoyed many hours on the course in Harlan and in Arizona, where they wintered for 15 years after Loyal retired. She loved to play bridge with her friends, and was quite good at it. Marlys was an outstanding cook and baker; she was still trying new recipes up until she became ill. Her lefse, caramel rolls, and raspberry jam are legendary to her grandchildren. Most of all, Marlys loved spending time with her family, always giving advice and words of encouragement to them all.

Marlys G. Moore died on Friday, January 15, 2021, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. She reached the age of 89 years, 10 months, and 18 days.

Marlys was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Almo Jahr. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Loyal Moore of Harlan, Iowa; her three children, Kristine (Paul) Larsen of Elk Horn, Iowa, Kevin (Kerry) Moore of Overland Park, Kansas, and David (Lynn) Moore of Rogers, Arkansas; and one sister, Eileen Kittleson of St. Ansgar, Iowa. She also leaves behind eleven grandchildren, Heather, Aaron, Adam, Evan, Kyle, Bryan, Stephany, Kimberly, Kelly, Michelle, and Madison, as well as nine great-grandchildren and four more due to arrive in 2021. She will be dearly missed.

The funeral service was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, on Thursday, January 21, 2021, with Pastor Phil Nielsen officiating. Casket bearers were Aaron Larsen, Adam Larsen, Evan Larsen, Kyle Moore, and Bryan Moore. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc., of Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
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