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Inez Jean Moe

Inez Jean Moe March 8, 1924 - Jan. 3, 2014

WILLMAR - Inez Jean (Rykken) Moe, 89, of Willmar died Friday, January 3, 2014 following a stroke. A private family service will be held January 11, 2014.

Inez Jean Moe was born on March 8, 1924 at Willmar, MN, the daughter of Obed Alvin and Lillie Adella (Larson) Rykken. "Jean" as she was known as by her family and friends grew up in Willmar and attended Garfield Elementary School and graduated from Willmar High in 1942. Jean was very active in high school and was her Jr. Class President and received the DAR award as the "Outstanding Girl in the Senior Class." Jean attended St. Olaf College for one year then responded to the call for nurses during World War 2. She joined Cadet Nursing Corps at Deaconess Hospital in Chicago where she was President of her Nursing Class. However, the war had ended by the time she graduated. She then moved to Alaska for a year or so to work as a nurse before getting married.

Jean was baptized in Willmar at Vinje Lutheran Church in 1924 and later confirmed there. She was married at Vinje to Orlean R. Moe on September 23, 1949. They moved to Minneapolis while Orlean attended the University of Minnesota to get an Engineering degree. Upon his graduation, the couple moved their young family to the Territory of Hawaii (before Statehood) where Orlean got a job working for a sugar plantation. The family lived on Oahu, Maui and Kauai for the 31 years that Orlean was employed in the sugar industry before his death at 61.

Jean, was active in the local Kauai community. She worked as a nurse on and off, was heavily involved in the Hospital Auxiliary, PTA, and was a Girl Scout Leader. She was very active in St. Pauls Episcopal Church where the family attended.

Jean loved her life in Hawaii but made regular trips back to Willmar to keep her family ties strong. Family was the most important thing to Jean. When she was 45 yrs old she had a small vessel stroke that forever crippled her ability to connect with people as she once had with her sparkling, warm, loving, gracious style. Her immediate and large extended family rallied around her in support for the next 44 years as her caregiver.

Jean died peacefully in her sleep, leaving behind a family who will deeply miss her.

Surviving are her children: Tisha, Owen, Kari and Charlie and granddaughter, Emma Moore.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.