Services for Former First Lady Shelley Moore Announced


Shelley Riley Moore, the former first lady of West Virginia for 12 years and mother of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, has died. She was 88.

Moore was born in Florida and met her husband, future Gov. Arch Moore, while she attended West Virginia University.

After graduating from college, she worked as a schoolteacher, and then she became a full-time mother and partner in her husband’s political career, first as a congressman, and later governor.

She served as first lady from 1969 to 1977 and 1985 to 1989, when her husband lost re-election amid corruption allegations.

In a statement, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and her siblings remember their mother’s warmth and charm:

“Our mother was a wonderful, warm, and loving person. She loved us and our children intensely, and she passionately loved her husband Arch, with whom she shared a beautiful marriage of 65 years. “Mom matched an uplifting sense of humor with a genuine ability to listen and connect, traits that made everyone around her know they mattered. “She was an ardent fan of West Virginia University, especially its marching band, the Pride of West Virginia. She was deeply honored to serve as First Lady of West Virginia for 12 years. Her loyalty to her family and her friends was unmatched. We miss her warm and comforting touch, but know that she is at peace with the Lord at her side.”

Funeral Arrangements:

The family will welcome visitors in Charleston in the Rotunda at the University of Charleston on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In Moundsville, visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 19, at Grisell Funeral Home (400 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, WV).

On Saturday, the funeral service for Shelley will begin at 11 a.m. at Simpson United Methodist Church in Moundsville (800 7th Street). The family will receive visitors at 9:30 a.m. at the Church. A private graveside service will follow.