Anita Moore Allen King May 21, 1922- October 12, 2005 Anita was born in Dallas, Texas to Vera Boyd Moore and Willis Moore. She had one younger sister, Annabelle Moore Davis, and one brother, Boyd Moore, both currently living in the Dallas area. She graduated from Forest Avenue High School in Dallas. She was introduced to her first husband, Thomas Millard Allen, by her paternal grandmother and married him in 1941. During the first years of their marriage, Tom worked at several jobs and attended business school and Nita worked for the telephone company. Tom joined the Border Patrol before WWII and was partnered with Dempsey King. Tom, Nita, Dempsey, and Faye became close friends and never lost touch over the years. While Tom was with the Border Patrol, they moved frequently, living in such places as McAllen, Falfurrias, Pharr, El Paso, Ysleta, Brownsville, and Sweetwater. During these years, Nita developed her talents as an artist. She would later be commissioned to paint pictures for a bank in San Antonio and would sell many of her oil paintings at art shows. When Tom was sent to Japan during WWII, Anita returned to Dallas to live with her family while she awaited his return. They then continued their rotation through Border Patrol stations in many South Texas towns. Tom was a Master Mason and later a member of the Alzafar Shrine Temple and Anita a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile where she would later serve as the Sewing Chairman and be very active in charity work. After leaving the Border Patrol, Tom was with the U. S. Department of Treasury where he rose through the ranks to the position of Special Agent in Charge of Customs. Anita and Tom adopted two children, William Hunt (Bill) in 1954 and Cynthia Ann (Cindi) in 1960. In 1962, the family was sent to Mexico City where Tom was assigned as the Special Agent in Charge of Customs at the American Embassy. As an embassy wife, Nita was often called upon to escort visiting dignitaries from other countries when they visited Mexico City and to entertain ambassadors and high-ranking officials. They returned to San Antonio in 1965 and were living in Hollywood Park when Tom died of a heart attack in 1969. During the years that followed, Anita continued to paint, travel, and do charity work. Anita and Dempsey married in 1979 after the death of his first wife and Anita moved to Port Lavaca where she became a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter # 373. She loved the King family and was thrilled to be a step-grandmother to Adrianne and Michelle and, later on, great-grandmother to Adrianne’s son, Travis. She was honored to be included in the family and continued to attend King family reunions and events until her death. She and Dempsey shared many of the same friends and memories from their early years in the border patrol and the families had kept in touch throughout the years, so it seemed natural that they should spend another part of their lives together. After Dempsey’s death in 1988, Nita moved back to Dallas for several years where she was active in the Mike Thomas/Oak Cliff Chapter #951 of the Order of the Eastern Star. During this time she was honored to serve as the Worthy Matron of this chapter. While in Dallas, she worked as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Duncanville Police Department. She returned to Port Lavaca in the mid-1990’s and volunteered at the Food Bank and as an instructor for Drive Alive 55 classes. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and loved being part of the Jolly Elders. During her life, she visited many places and had many adventures. She rode through an erupting volcano on a burro, climbed pyramids, and visited almost every state in the union. In spite of the concerns of others, she was fearless about traveling and never let anything stop her from visiting the multitude of friends and family that she had accumulated throughout the years. She never met a stranger and rarely lost track of a friend. She often said that she had a wonderful life full of both the ups and the downs that make a life interesting. She was well-loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
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Mom, your love touched the lives of so many people. You will always be remembered among the very special saints that God placed among us. I pray that I'll be seeing you again when I, too, am finally called home. It is a great honor to be your son. -
Bill Allen Added: Nov. 11, 2007
Anita was Past Matron of the Mike Thomas/Oak Cliff #951 Order of the Eastern Star.
-Anonymous Added: Jan. 5, 2006
It was Anita’s request that the following be read at her Memorial Service. A Parable of Immortality By Henry Van Dyke I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. ...(Read more) -
Cindi Payne Added: Oct. 20, 2005