Well-known Abilene community leader set to retire

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - An well-known Abilene community leader has been a longstanding community volunteer, serving in leadership positions with some of Abilene's top outreach organizations. This Friday, she is set to retire.

We are recognizing Delores Moor, also known as "Dee".

After serving the community for 47 years, it is safe to say Dee Moore will be missed but everyone, including Moore say they are thankful for her dedication to the community and excited for this next chapter.

Getting out and getting involved. That is what Dee Moore said she made sure of when trying to impact her community.

"I've always felt that where ever you live, don't complain if you're not going to participate to try to make it better or make it what you like to see it be. So, I'm not necessarily the best, but I do try to help out," Moore said.

Moore said she has served on more boards than she can count.

"I've done Big Brothers, Big Sisters, I've done United Way, I've done Day Nursery of Abilene, Abilene Black Chamber," Moore said.

Now, after nearly fifty years of corporate and community service, the 69-year-old is retiring.

"Oh my gosh, it got here so fast," she said.

The hardest part about leaving her workplace is the people, Moore said.

"I love the people. We've been together, in some cases, 20 years and we've formed relationships that surpass what happens in an office," Moore said.

Kenny Shuler has worked with Moore for 24 years. He said she has been more than just a colleague to him; she's a mentor.

"Dee has made a tremendous difference in my life. She's taught me how to be a leader, how to treat people, how to get the most out of people at work," Shuler said.

Shuler said Moore has touched the lives of people beyond the workplace.

"She's never met a stranger. She has a leadership style that's second to none and because of her leadership style, it has driven the success within our organization," Shuler said.

When asked what her plans are after she leaves her desk she simply replied:

"My plans are to do nothing. Nothing to me means, I get up that morning and that's when I get to make a decision. I don't have to make a decision a week, a month ahead of time, unless I'm going to take a trip."

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Office in Abilene has been recognized over 70 times and have received 11 Best of Blue awards under her leadership.

This past weekend, Moore's colleagues ordered a custom-made Best of Blue award for her. It was made in South America by glass blowers.

Moore joined the company in 1969, as a college student.

Here is what some of the organizations she has worked with had to say:

 

"Dee Moore is one of the most highly respected women in our Abilene business community. It has most certainly been our privilege and honor to have the gift of her service to our agency, where she has served as a Trustee for more than 12 years.  Dee is loyal, caring, thoughtful and a person of integrity. She brings wisdom and levity to our discussions, and her contributions invaluable."  

-- Jenny Goode, Chief Executive Officer at Betty Hardwick Center

 

 

"Dee has been a central figure for BCBS here in Abilene and credited with tremendous leadership. She will be greatly missed and always remembered for her time with the company as well as the community."

-- Justin Jaworski, Executive Director at DevlopeAbilene

"Dee has been a strong supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years. She has continued to lead the charge in recruiting Blue Cross Blue Shield teams for Bowl for Kids’ Sake and is a top fundraiser for the event. She is such a joy to work with. We love Dee and wish her well in her retirement!"

-- Mallory Ashford, Director of Events and Corporate Development at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Abilene

 


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