Dorothy A. "D.A." (Byers) Moore, 94, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2018 with her loving family by her side. She was born to Russell and Opal (Hodgin) Byers on December 31, 1923 in Indianapolis.
Dorothy is survived by a loving son, Chip Pierson of Indianapolis; two stepsons, Rick (Duane) Moore of Danville and Ron (Jo) Moore of AK; a stepdaughter, Debbie (Ed) Sakson of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Hoyt Moore Jr.; and a brother, Robert Byers.
Dorothy (DA) Moore, a birthright Quaker and descendent of Levi Coffin, grew up in Indianapolis and went to Shortridge High School, graduating in 1941.
Dorothy had several jobs before going to business school. She was a skate guard at Riverside Skating Rink, an elevator operator at Blocks Department store, and joined and went off with the Roller Derby but her father went to get her and brought her home.
After graduating business school, Dorothy started to work at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, working for both Wilbur Shaw and Tony Hulman. In 1962, she was doing volunteer work at the Statehouse and was offered another job; in 1964, Dorothy became the private secretary for Indiana Secretary of State, Edgar D. Whitcomb. They would work together through the years as Whitcomb became Governor (1968 — 1972) and then with him at the World Trade Center until he retired. Dorothy did volunteer work at Westview Hospital and, years later, at the George T. Goodwin Center in Decatur Township. She went from playing Bingo to a full-time secretary. She was honored by Indianapolis Mayor, Greg Ballard, and given the award for Volunteer of the Year.
Dorothy, at age 94, was very active in the community, she belonged to the Decatur Central Lions Club, Decatur Township Civic Council, Decatur Township Neighborhood Association (SWAN), Eastern Star (Mooresville Chapter), the Silver Eagles, and West Newton Friends Meeting. She was a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Family and friends may show their love and support from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, November 30th and 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, December 1st at Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville. A nephew, Brent Bill, will officiate Dorothy's celebration of life service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 1st at Jones Family Mortuary. Dorothy will be laid to rest in West Newton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Dorothy's memory to West Newton Friends Meeting, 6800 S. Mooresville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46221 or The Goodwin Center, 3935 Mooresville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46221.
To send a condolence to the family or share a story about Dorothy, please visit: www.jonesfamilymortuary.com